Steve Tolle

VP & Chief Strategist, Watson Health Imaging

Steve Tolle, VP of Strategy for Watson Health Imaging, brings 25 years of unique healthcare industry experience in start-up or high-growth organizations in multiple sectors including medical imaging, electronic health records, health information exchange (HIE), revenue cycle, pharmaceuticals, managed care, academic medicine, Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), and disease management organizations.

Steve currently leads global strategy and M&A for Watson Health Imaging. His focus is on commercializing cognitive (machine learning) platforms for medical imaging. Prior to joining IBM, Steve served as Chief Strategy Officer for Merge Healthcare, where he successfully streamlined Merge’s solution portfolio, resulting in multiple Best in KLAS awards in 2016. Prior to Merge, Steve held multiple senior level positions in industry leading healthcare companies, including OptumInsight, Allscripts, Pfizer Health Solutions, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, MultiPlan, and Prudential Healthcare.

Steve sees image management and interoperability as critical components to achieving accountable care. Imaging studies, used throughout the continuum of care in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients, are often where high cost care begins. The introduction of cognitive technology to the management and interpretation of medical images will drive Steve’s true passion, transforming healthcare and enhancing patient care with true data exchange.

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