Reflections On The Altruista Journey

Ashish KachruFebruary 02, 2021

It’s been a long journey since the first line of code in GuidingCare® was written in 2007 to the present day. Altruista Health has evolved as a company into its market leadership position and we plan to stay here.

Those of you who know my background are familiar with my reasons for starting Altruista Health. I have a strong desire to serve because I survived a difficult early life in India and was very fortunate as an adult to come to the United States and gain an education. I can think of no other place in the world where I would have had the same opportunities that I have had in this country. I’m continually grateful.

One of my early work positions was at a large national health plan, where I was on an executive track. It quickly became clear to me that the system was deeply enmeshed in a reactive cycle in managing member health. Wanting to make change, I co-founded Altruista Health to serve some of the nation’s most vulnerable people – those with complex medical conditions, serious mental illness, the frail elderly and others. Altruista has sought to intervene proactively and with a full 360-degree view of the member to prevent bad outcomes and needless suffering. I believe we are making a difference.

Becoming part of the HealthEdge family is the next part of our journey, in which we have a chance to work with like-minded colleagues to deliver even more value to health plans and their members. Through HealthEdge, a Blackstone-backed company, Altruista gains the financial muscle of the world’s largest investment organization, and that gives us leverage to continue innovating and fulfilling our mission.

I could not be more proud or excited about GuidingCare and the future of Altruista Health. We are not stopping or slowing down in our quest to build a better health system. In the end, it’s all about the people we serve and their quality of life. We have never lost sight of that and never will.

About the Author

Ashish Kachru

Ashish Kachru, President, Altruista Health

Ashish Kachru co-founded Altruista Health in 2007 with the mission to provide a highly advanced yet intuitive care management solution for the healthcare ecosystem. He has successfully led the evolution of the company from a start-up to an industry leader that has been noted twice by Becker's Healthcare as a Top Population Health Company to Know. This success led Ashish to be named one of the Top 10 Emerging Healthcare Industry Leaders by Managed Healthcare Executive magazine in 2018. Ashish draws his leadership and process improvement expertise from a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, consumer product goods and venture capital, combining best practices from each to improve the delivery of healthcare. Prior to Altruista's founding, he was the National Director of Business Risk Management with UnitedHealth Group, where he managed more than 3 million Medicaid members in 20 states. Additionally, he served in a market strategy and planning leadership role with Proctor & Gamble. In 2017, Ashish received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the health category for the Mid-Atlantic region. He was named a Top 25 Tech CEO by the Northern Virginia Technology Council in 2019. Ashish is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and regularly authors columns for Forbes online.

His speaking credits include a 2020 panel on AI and machine learning at BIO International, Health Datapalooza, the Bank of America Healthcare Conference, the Medicaid Managed Care Summit, the WEDI National Conference, the Northern Virginia Technology Council Conference, the Northern Virginia Capital Connections Conference and the Mid-Atlantic Association Capital Connections Conference.

Ashish is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He holds a master's degree in engineering and nanotechnology from the University of North Carolina, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Ashish is a Master Six Sigma Black Belt.

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