Former CMS leader and distinguished innovator enhances Audacious Inquiry’s offering of interoperability solutions for Medicaid

Baltimore, MD., December 12, 2018 – Audacious Inquiry (Ai), a health information technology company providing industry-leading interoperability and care coordination solutions, announced today the appointment of Penny Thompson to their Board of Directors. With extensive experience leading large business units for healthcare and health IT organizations across public and private sectors, Ms. Thompson brings a deep understanding of strategy and operations to Ai.

Ms. Thompson works with healthcare executives to develop growth plans and opportunities for improving technology and policy operations. She also serves on the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), which advises Congress on Medicaid and CHIP issues.

Ms. Thompson has previously held senior leadership positions at both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. She is a past recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, received by the top 1% of the Senior Executive Service in the country for outstanding leadership.

For Hewlett Packard’s EDS Division, Ms. Thompson directed healthcare strategy and planning for both commercial and state government accounts and was an advisor to EDS’s federal healthcare portfolio.

“We are thrilled to welcome Penny, whose track record as a nationally recognized thought leader and operating executive for respected healthcare and government institutions speaks for itself,” said Chris Brandt, CEO of Ai. “Penny’s accomplishments are extraordinary, and her reputation for establishing trust and confidence among colleagues speaks volumes.” He continued, “Insight that we can gain from Penny’s experience is valuable to us as we continue to expand our Medicaid advisory practice and improve upon our technology solutions.”

“I am excited to join the Ai Board to help bring Ai’s expertise and solutions to bear on the critical challenges in our healthcare system,” said Ms. Thompson. “I believe Ai has the team and solution set to make a huge difference in improving care for patients across the country.”

Ms. Thompson is the fourth member of Ai’s board, joining Cal Wheaton, General Partner of ABS Capital Partners, which invested in Ai in January of 2018. Other members include Audacious Inquiry’s CEO, Chris Brandt and President, Scott Afzal.

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About Audacious Inquiry

Audacious Inquiry (Ai) is an industry-shaping health information technology and policy company that provides bold solutions for connected healthcare. Nationally recognized for its work facilitating health data interoperability, Ai is a trusted partner to CMS, ONC, state Hospital Associations and Medicaid agencies across the country; and, delivers a SaaS technology platform that is the catalyst for health information exchange across 10 states. By pioneering technology that enables statewide health information exchange, Ai is raising the bar for how health data is shared, managed, and protected.