Alka Patel

Director of Specialty Care Transformation and Accountable Care Innovation & Clinical Transformation, Blue Shield of California

Alka Patel has over 20 years of experience bringing improvements and innovations to health care. Her background in public health and her work at payer and provider organizations stimulated a deep curiosity to understand the complexities of our nation’s health care system and find ways to simplify the experience and achieve better patient outcomes.  She currently leads Specialty Care Transformation at Blue Shield of California, a nonprofit health plan serving over 4 million members. Her team contributes to transforming the healthcare system so all Californians have access to high-quality health care at an affordable price.

She has a passion for redesigning the current approach to care delivery and bringing an empowering, whole person care approach to patient care.

Alka holds an MBA and Master in Public Health from University of Illinois at Chicago.

My Sessions

Optimizing Your Role as Health Advocate and Chief Medical Officer

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Women in the U.S. make 80% of their family’s health care decisions and 43% of working women without children make health care decisions for others. In this role as Advocate and Chief Medical Officer, navigating the healthcare system can be complex and overwhelming. Medical technology is rapidly improving while the healthcare system is lagging. We […]