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Brian T. Edwards

Greater Chicago Area

I am lead project manager for NorthShore University HealthSystem's Center for Biomedical Research Informatics where I oversee a multi-disciplinary team working on approximately 100 different research collaborations at any one time. As Research and Insights Fellow at Startup Health I have led the development Startup Health Insights database of digital health venture deals. I am also co-founder of Health Heritage, a decision support app that provides patients with detailed cancer risk assessments based on their personal and family health history.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Biomedical Informatics

    Biomedical informatics is the multi-disciplinary practice of data science in the practice of medicine to support clinical care.

    • Software
    • Data science
    • bioinformatics
    • Big Data
    • Data Collection
    • Big Data Analytics
    • predictive analytics
  • Electronic Medical Records

    I am currently managing the data science team in the Center for Biomedical Research Informatics at NorthShore University HealthSystem in the northern suburbs of Chicago. In this role I oversee the design, development and deployment of structured clinical documentation systems in collaboration with physician investigators across nearly all clinical specialties.

    • Software
    • Implementation
    • Health IT
    • pilot program development
    • Clinical Research
    • Clinical Operations
    • cohort discovery
    • clinical analytics
    • EMR
    • EHR
    • Epic Systems
    • biostatistics
    • statistics
    • pragmatic randomized controlled trials


  • MO
    Because he refuses to settle for the status quo, Brian is constantly trying to push the boundaries of innovation. He consistently not only procures meetings with extremely influential decision makers, but also sells them on his vision. He is adept at building a team and bringing various parties together in order to achieve a common goal. Brian is incredibly passionate about what he does and pours every ounce of himself into his work.
    Matt Osborne
  • BA
    Brian is well versed in the emerging health technology space and his consulting experience allows him to apply these concepts into his writing and solving care delivery solutions. His technical knowledge, analytical skills, and business partnerships are an asset. Brian has a positive attitude and tireless work ethic. I've enjoyed the pleasure in collaborating and learning from him. Brian adds direct value to any team.
    Brent Anthony
  • KK
    Brian's knowledge of the digital health and technology space is both broad and deep. Had a great time working with him at StartUp Health and consider him a personal go-to when I need an educated opinion on a new technology, business model, or sports statistic.
    Konstantin Karmazin
  • CH
    Brian and I work extensively with the East Baton Rouge Parish EMS department to develop the BR-Med Connect Program, a telemedicine program for EMS. Brian works tirelessly in the areas of research, grant identification, and business development. With his assistance, implementation plans have been formulated and we are moving into the next phase of this project. Brian is intelligent, focused, and energetic. His devotion is a small part of his passion to this program. I am very appreciative of his assistance and his recommendations re: business development in this field. I highly recommend Brian. He is a great person and a hard worker. He gets his jobs done to the "nth" degree.
    Cullen Hebert
  • PP
    Mobile health technology authority. Follow him...he keeps his finger on the pulse of technology innovation in healthcare!
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My Interests

Health Sectors
Medical Devices, Digital Health, Biotech, Health IT, Healthcare Delivery, Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics, Payers


  • Co-Founder

    NorthShore University HealthSystem - 3D FabLab | March 2014 - Current

    Brian collaborated with colleagues Nigel Parsad and Jonathan Silverstein, MD, to establish the most sophisticated biomedical 3D FabLab in the Midwest.

  • Co-Founder

    Health Heritage | July 2014 - Current

    Health Heritage is a decision support tool that generates an individual's comprehensive family health history automatically using natural language processing and electronic medical records. Each patient's unique family history is used to generate a personalized risk assessment for cancers known to be related to certain genetic profiles. Once an elevated level of risk is determined, physicians can order targeted genetic tests and refer patients to high-risk clinics and genetic counseling. Brian leads operations and business development in support of the research and development team led by co-Founders Bill Knaus, MD, Leigh Baumgart, PhD and Will Thompson, PhD.

  • Co-Founder

    ComputationDoc | July 2014 - Current

    Co-founders Brian T. Edwards and Jonathan Silverstein, MD have demonstrated an understanding of how to realistically operate at scale in health IT ecosystems and identify viable investment opportunities by cutting through the hype to the substance in the discipline of informatics. Drawing on our extensive experience working with multidisciplinary teams we will focus on providing business development, technology evaluation and clinical value assessment to a wide range of healthcare and biomedical organizations, including: Startups • Validation of products and services technically and clinically • Basic business and market analysis and opportunity assessment • Competitive analysis • Value proposition assessment • IRB protocol development • Clinical trial/pilot design • Research management best practices advisory Corporate, Venture, Angel and Institutional Investors, Accelerators • Market research • Private sector market data • Deep dive advisory on biomedical informatics Medical Device and HIT Corporations • Informatics strategy • Technology assessment Contract Research Organizations (CROs) and Pharma • Prospective Cohort Discovery • Research Design

  • Executive Director

    Joseph H. Kanter Foundation | May 2015 - Current

  • Research Coordinator

    NorthShore University HealthSystem - Center for Biomedical Research Informatics | July 2013 - Current

    Brian is a Research Project Coordinator at NorthShore University HealthSystem in the Center for Biomedical Research Informatics, whose mission is to preserve and improve human life through innovative collection and use of clinical data. Brian assists in the management of numerous data-driven, multidisciplinary research teams across the entire health system.

  • Health Research & Insights Fellow

    StartUp Health | August 2012 - Current

    Brian is Research and Insights Fellow at StartUp Health, an Academy to inspire, educate, and provide resources for entrepreneurs to build sustainable digital health and wellness companies. Manage the curation of StartUp Health Insights, the most comprehensive database of digital health startup funding available. Reviewed business plans for a Fortune 50 company and helped manage the selection of a class of 12 startups from 400 applicants.

  • Consultant

    Oxitone Medical | January 2013 - September 2014

    Oxitone Medical is a mobile health startup based in Tel Aviv, Israel, developing the first in a non-invasive, wrist-worn pulse oximeter which continuously captures blood oxygen saturation, pulse and respiratory data in an ambulatory setting for remote monitoring purposes. Brian provides specialized consulting on communications, business planning and business development to Oxitone Medical CEO Leon Eisen.

  • Consultant

    MedStartr | August 2012 - March 2013

    MedStartr is a startup building a niche crowdfunding platform for health and wellness projects. Brian is the company's Chicago-based evangelist working with local startups, providers and thought leaders to organize local events to promote crowdfunding and digital health innovation.

  • Senior mHealth Analyst

    iMedicalApps LLC | July 2011 - April 2013

    As Senior mHealth Analyst Brian contributes 5+ posts each week comprised of multi-source op-ed pieces on specific companies, sectors, technologies and business models, one-on-one interviews with entrepreneurs and multi-disciplinary thought leaders disrupting disrupting health care, and summaries of cutting edge academic research on the use of mHealth technologies by physicians to treat and monitor patients. iMedicalApps is the leading online publication for medical professionals, patients, and analysts interested in mobile medical technology and health care apps recognized as experts in mobile health by the New York Times, Wired Magazine, Slate Magazine, American Medical News, and many other reputable media outlets.

  • Consultant

    Wave Technology Group | January 2010 - December 2012

    Wave Technology Group is a developer of mobile health applications for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile platforms. Wave's first application uses wearable, non-invasive physiological sensors to provide real-time mobile diagnostic ambulatory EEG monitoring for patients suffering from chronic epilepsy. Brian worked with Jonathan Silverstein, MD, to conduct comprehensive due diligence on the market opportunity and drafted the company's initial business plan.

  • Associate Director (US)

    HealthGrid.US Alliance | June 2010 - January 2013

    Brian manages social media communication for The HealthGrid Association, based in France, which brings together people from a variety of disciplines to promote awareness and use of Grid technologies in the biomedical sector. The HealthGrid community emphasizes a strong relationship among the private sector, government agencies, clinicians, and researchers. These connections foster the integration of Grid practices and tools into the fields of biology, medicine, and health.

  • Consultant

    Connected Care Solutions, LLC | May 2009 - December 2009

    Co-founder of boutique health information technology consultancy focused on pre-hospital telemedicine.

  • Project Manager

    East Baton Rouge City-Parish | October 2008 - December 2009

    * Technology Adviser - Established project needs, designed administrative framework and made official recommendations on project development to EMS, city and hospital administrators. * Policy Adviser - Translate R&D into regular written briefings on project costs, development targets and achievement criteria, summary of obstacles and any special needs the project may have moving forward. * Wireless Telemedicine - Worked closely with health care sector employees and first responders, managing inter-stakeholder business development activities for leaders of the City-Parish, EMS Department, seven Parish hospitals, Cath Lab personnel, and data registry staff. * Pre-hospital STEMI - Co-designed pre-hospital STEMI program. Launched pilot program including pre-hospital transmission of 12-lead ECG and pre-arrival activation of Cath Lab for treatment.

  • Research Coordinator

    DePaul University | October 2005 - April 2007

    Coordinated research for Kathryn Ibata-Arens, Ph.D. focused on innovation policy, entrepreneurship and management of technology in the US and Japanese life sciences industries. Assisted in research design, survey distribution, data analysis and literature review.

  • Intern

    Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert | June 2005 - August 2005

    * Assisted in constituent relations and policy research in office of the Speaker's Legislative Director. * Attended think-tank lectures, committee hearings and staff briefings on health and trade policy issues with legislative aides. * Composed letters on the Speaker's behalf in response to specific concerns of his constituents in the 14th Congressional District of Illinois.


  • DePaul University

    B.A. | Political Economy | 2004 - 2006