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10 Ways Health Execs Can Improve Organizational Productivity

Tracey Walker

A successful organization is a productive one, but a lot can stand in your way. Here’s how to get around the barriers to create a more efficient working environment.

A successful organization is a productive one. But a creating a productive staff-or even leaving room for yourself to be productive-can be a challenge. From physical barriers like office setups to digital barriers like IT woes to culture barriers like a bad work environment, maximizing productivity isn’t easy.

We spoke with experts about how 10 ways they think health execs can improve productivity at their organizations. From consumer-grade processes to stress management, here’s how you can improve your organization’s effectiveness

1. Put providers first, productivity will follow

“Provider job satisfaction is an important productivity measure and contributes to better health outcomes for patients. Achieving high provider job satisfaction comes from listening to providers’ feedback, having an EMR that supports their workflows, longer appointment times to see their patients, and no non-competes. These provider-friendly initiatives result in lower turnover and healthier patients-a win for the providers and a win for the patients.”

– Michael Huang, MD, national medical director, Marathon Health, a national leader in worksite health centers

2. Become leaner across the supply chain

“Pharmaceutical companies should work on determining areas across the corporation where they can decrease costs and improve efficiencies. For example, they can perform an audit on their supply chain and see where their operations can become more digital or nimble. This will not only help decrease costs but will also allow the company to respond to change faster.”

– Ed Francis, senior director, West Monroe Partners, a business/technology consulting firm

3. Set clear goals

“In order to be productive, members of your organization need both a short- and long-term vision. Create milestones so they can visualize how they’ll turn these goals into reality. Set both qualitative and quantitative measures to track success. Then have regular check-ins at both the executive and staff levels to review progress, celebrate success, and invite further input on strategies to enhance outcomes.” 

– Jose Rivero, CEO, HealthComp, a health benefits administrator for employers, plan members, and brokers

4. Leverage data and technology resources

“To maximize productivity, my teams look for opportunities to leverage data and technology resources to collaborate, streamline information and help inform decisions … We try to ensure we provide easy access to relevant data and dashboards to save time and drive consistency. Additionally, we have found that initial training is critical to optimizing productivity across the board. Whether it be onboarding a new employee or a new customer using your platform, taking the time to ensure individuals are well-versed on protocols and the use of new technologies can help avoid confusion and improve productivity down the line.”

-Florian Otto, MD, PhD, co-founder and CEO of Cedar, a patient payment and engagement platform

5. Aim for consumer-grade

“Managed care companies have not historically focused as much on end users as on corporate clients for good reason-consumers haven’t been direct customers. But as consumers bear a greater share of healthcare costs, they will increasingly exert purchasing power and expect their healthcare interactions to work like everything else does. Consumer-grade tools and technology should be simple, efficient, and effective. Policies and procedures should be fair, logical, and clear. Following these principles will force internal transformation … The benefits will improve consumer trust and loyalty, and also inspire internal efficiency and productivity.”

-Deb Gordon, senior fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

6. Live for your customers

“Put your customers’ needs and priorities at the heart of your agenda. Beyond the cliché about customers being king, staying close to those needs will help you focus on what matters, avoid stagnation as customer needs evolve over time, and make it easier to say no to lower-value initiatives. Use a clear, crisp, customer-centric agenda to guide prioritization, and let go of efforts that don’t directly serve customer interests or move you toward serving customers better.”


7. Have the right productivity tools

“Finding tools that enable your staff of physicians to spend more time actually practicing medicine is the best way to increase organizational productivity … For example, Doximity helps physicians connect with other physicians and even patients securely through their mobile phones. Another great tool is Suki, an AI-powered, voice-enabled scribe. Suki can save providers time by capturing detailed notes on a patient’s visit. When tools like these are implemented across a healthcare organization, the impact in time saved and increased productivity amongst healthcare professionals can be significant.”

– Amit Phull, MD, VP of strategy & insights at Doximity, the largest professional medical network

8. Manage stress

“Sicty-four percent of employees say they feel stressed at work, according to Welltok’s Wellbeing Wake-up Report (2019).

“More than one-third of all working Americans say that they have seriously considered changing their work situation due to stress. Even though 65% of employed Americans say they believe companies should be responsible for helping their employees manage or reduce workplace stress, only 33% believe that their employer offers [tools to reduce stress]. This demonstrates an opportunity for companies to help employees. That could be in the form of offering resilience training programs, encouraging stretch breaks, or flexible work schedules.”

– Scott Rotermund, co-founder and chief growth officer at Welltok, a consumer SaaS company located in Denver

9. Drive efficiency with new technology

“Managers need to think about innovative ways to remove barriers to productivity. New technologies to increase agility in the workflow can help in this regard. For example, single sign-on across several related healthcare IT systems is already helping clinicians work more efficiently.

“AI in healthcare … is automating and accelerating costly and time-consuming data mapping projects to link systems. Nurses are using voice-based systems not only to reach large patient populations for screening reminders but also to follow up on patients recovering at home. Patients flagged as at risk can be escalated for the one-on-one care they need.”

-Diana Nole, CEO of Wolters Kluwer, Health, a global provider of health information and technology

 10. Introduce new ways of thinking

“Sometimes, ingrained processes fail to keep up with shifting objectives, impacting productivity. By encouraging colleagues to bring fresh ideas to the table, executives foster openness to new initiatives while targeting outdated or ineffective processes. By easing frustrations that can hinder a person’s ability to produce good, solid work, work satisfaction and productivity can significantly increase.

“Also, by really listening and getting to know the team, executives can encourage people to come up with these new ideas themselves. Encouraging staff to think more independently can in turn help to relieve some stress for managers, helping them focus on the tasks at hand. A less stressed executive is a productive one!”

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Chad Harris

Chief Executive Officer


Chad Harris serves as the CEO of HealthComp and is a value-driven healthcare leader with over twenty years of experience running business process and information technology businesses as a senior executive. Chad has a reputation for creating and controlling rapid growth by focusing on the intersection of customers, market dynamics, and the new digital world.


Chad has held many senior executive positions and led global teams of more than 10,000 people across dozens of counties. Chad has grown both large and small businesses, from those with less than $100M of revenue to those producing multiple billions of revenue, focusing on delivery, customer satisfaction, and innovation to create market leadership.


Chad's philosophy is to inspire change by doing what comes naturally, putting the needs of others before his own, working incredibly hard, and focusing on "how" to accomplish things, never "if they can be accomplished."

Thomas Martel

EVP of Partnerships and Strategic Accounts


Tom serves as the EVP of Partnerships and Strategic Accounts at HealthComp. In this role, Tom focuses on strategic initiatives aimed at accelerating HealthComp’s growth nationwide. His passion lies in assessing market and enterprise structures and creating efficiencies that enable teams to deliver best-in-class performance.


Previously, Tom led Cigna’s largest employer segment, largest region which was comprised of several health plans including the two largest health plans. He worked closely with Market Presidents and their leadership teams to develop and execute local market strategy and deliver growth for the enterprise. Tom earned his degree from Saint Anselm College and holds certifications from The Wharton School and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing and holds a Master Captain’s license with the U.S. Coast Guard. He is also active in community outreach programs including local food bank and shelter services.

Sanoj Balakrishnan

Chief Technology Officer


Sanoj Balakrishnan serves as the Chief Technology Officer at HealthComp. In this role, he oversees the company’s overall technology strategy and architecture, building secure and highly scalable distributed systems.


Most recently, Sanoj served as Head of Healthcare Digital Business and Technology at Cognizant, working with payers and providers in developing solutions that reduced healthcare costs and provided a best-in-class experience for members. Earlier in his career, he worked at technology organizations in a variety of software engineering and architecture roles. Sanoj earned his B.S. from University of Mumbai and Computer Systems Management from National Institute of Information Technology.

Justin Tran

Chief Growth Officer and EVP of Product Strategy


Justin serves as the Chief Growth Officer and EVP of Product Strategy at HealthComp. He has 8 years of experience in developing and delivering solutions that reduce health care costs, improve quality, and provide a best-in-class experience for members. Most recently, Justin was an Associate Partner and business unit leader at McKinsey & Company where he helped large carriers and healthcare technology companies build new clinical services and solutions for fraud, waste, and abuse. Justin earned his B.S. in Accounting and Data Informatics from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Tucker Stein

Chief Financial Officer


Tucker serves as the Chief Financial Officer of HealthComp. Tucker previously worked for The Boeing Company in a number of finance and strategy roles, most recently as a finance lead for the Transactions and New Business Development group. In this role, Tucker led investments and strategic partnerships for Boeing’s Space and Communications portfolio. Tucker earned his MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and his Bachelors of Science at the University of Redlands.

Tom Georgouses

General Counsel


Tom is involved in multiple areas of HealthComp including Operations, Compliance and Legal Affairs. Tom was admitted to the California Bar in 1990 and started his legal career with Stammer, McKnight, Barnum and Bailey, LLP. When he left the firm to join HealthComp in 2014, he was the Managing Partner (he had represented HealthComp since 2003). In private practice, Tom’s areas of focus included healthcare and transactional work. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Finance from California State University Fresno and received his Juris Doctorate from San Joaquin College of Law.

Rishab Bansal

Chief Transformation & Operations Officer


Rishab serves as the Chief Transformation & Operating Officer at HealthComp. Rishab focuses on transforming and modernizing HealthComp’s operations to provide delightful and distinctive experiences to its members, providers, and clients. His agenda includes integrating all entities towards a One HealthComp vision, driving profitable growth, and delivering value and business outcomes.


In his former work over the last 2 decades, he has helped clients across industries to transform themselves by bringing industry-leading practices and digital and data-led disruption. As the trusted advisor to the C-suite, Rishab helped his clients leapfrog on their transformation journey to accelerate business outcomes and helped them unlock new opportunities to drive profitable growth, profitability, and enhanced experience for their employees and clients.

Elaine Davis

Chief Human Resources Officer


Elaine Davis is a seasoned executive with deep experience in human resources, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and transformation in large and small companies. Elaine has over 25 years of experience in human resources, marketing and communications in a range of industries that include information technology/business process services, life sciences/medical devices and financial services. Elaine brings focused expertise in governance, leadership coaching, branding and messaging with a focus on supporting female and minority leaders and emerging leadership talent.

Judy Schott

Chief Operating Officer


Judy Schott serves as the Chief Operating Officer and is a customer-focused healthcare leader who transforms operations to simplify the experience and deliver excellence. With deep knowledge of third-party administration, claims, eligibility, customer service centers, and compliance, Judy’s focus will include integrating all entities of HealthComp while driving profitable growth.

Kim Randazzo

Chief Customer Officer


Kim Randazzo serves as the Chief Customer Officer. In this role, she oversees account management for all divisions and HealthComp clients. Kim brings a wealth of strategic experience in account management to the HealthComp executive team, along with a practical understanding of the insurance business and what it takes to be the nation’s leading TPA.

Prior to joining HealthComp, Kim oversaw sales, account management, wellness, marketing, and implementation teams for Gilsbar LLC’s self-funded, association and affinity clients, and worked as an underwriter with Ochsner Health Plan and as an account representative with USI Services, Inc. She has over 26 years of experience in the healthcare insurance industry. A graduate of the University of New Orleans, she received her Bachelor of Science in Management in 1997 and her Master of Business Administration in 2002.