BALTIMORE, MD. February 10, 2017— Audacious Inquiry (Ai), a health IT and policy company, announced today that Samit Desai, M.D, former Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for St. Agnes Healthcare/Ascension Health and Emergency Physician for CEP America, is the newest addition to Ai’s team of nationally respected health IT experts. Effective February 13, 2017 he will serve Ai as the Chief Medical Officer and his clinical perspective will be widely utilized throughout multiple facets of the company to provide added value to Ai’s clients across government, private, and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Desai attended Drexel University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is double boarded in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics. During his tenure at Johns Hopkins, he successfully helped lead an enterprise-wide EPIC implementation soon after completing an ONC sponsored Applied Clinical Informatics program at the Division of Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

“Ai is excited for how this would support the company’s mission of driving greater healthcare quality, efficiency, and outcomes,” Chris Brandt, Managing Partner at Ai, stated. “Dr. Desai’s subject matter understanding and expertise in applying health information technology in a clinical setting will enable him to contribute immediately to our strategic consulting and managed service engagements as well as to our software product development.”


“Aside from being an immensely qualified candidate for this role through his past education and work experience, Dr. Desai’s individual contributions to advancing the health IT industry demonstrate his natural fit into the company,” said Scott Afzal, Partner at Ai. “He has provided thought leadership to the clinical advisory board for Maryland’s Health Information Organization, CRISP as well as hold leadership positions within Ascension Health, the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system, chairing the Clinical Leadership Informatics Council and Clinical Data Governance Councils. Samit is an active member of HIMSS as well as the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS).”


Audacious Inquiry (Ai) is a health information technology and policy company working to make healthcare smarter and more connected. As a certified B-Corporation, Ai uses the “power of business” to solve social problems and provide public benefit. Being one of the first recognized B-Corps in Maryland, Ai is accustomed to paving the way. In 2013 Ai was the first of its kind to provide electronic notifications to doctors when their patients get admitted or discharged from hospitals through their care coordination tool, Encounter Notification Service® (ENS®). Ai’s industry-shaping technology offers more efficient and cost-effective solutions to the healthcare stakeholders they serve; their nationally-recognized consultants work with government, private, and non-profit organizations to rethink how health information is shared, managed, leveraged, and protected.