Kathleen Nowicke is an engagement manager in the management consulting practice at WWT. Kathleen holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, where she studied computational cardiac electrophysiology. With a consulting background in healthcare strategy and operations, she has a passion for leveraging big data, advanced analytics and technology to drive change in healthcare.
Q&A with Kathleen Nowicke
- Tell us about your background and how you got into technology.
- I took an “engineering for girls” class in middle school, where we designed and programmed robots and have been hooked ever since! I studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia as an undergraduate, with an assumption that I would apply to medical school. However, after spending some time in the cardiac research labs, I decided to continue on with a PhD. I jumped at the chance to attend Johns Hopkins since they encouraged the Biomedical Engineering PhD students to take the full first year medical school curriculum. I joined the Institute for Computational Medicine during my first tour of the facility, despite having no background in big data or computational programming; it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. Several years into my PhD, I co-founded a medical device startup company with a friend, which opened my eyes to the world of business strategy in the healthcare space. After completing my PhD and realizing the startup life wasn’t for me, I jumped into management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group, where I spent several years in healthcare strategy and operations for large healthcare providers. Recognizing that the key to healthcare transformation is in the underlying technology and use of data in driving predictive intelligence, I jumped into a career with WWT, where I could double-down in the space.
- What is your role at WWT?
- I am an engagement manager in the management consulting practice, where I focus on delivering strategy, digital transformation and/or big data engagements with customers. I focus on working with customers in the St. Louis area, as well as those in the healthcare space.
- What innovation is happening in your technology focus area that has you really excited?
- The healthcare industry is finally reaching a tipping point in leveraging technology and predictive intelligence to drive improved outcomes at lower costs. Virtual healthcare is something that I’m really excited about. It’s an opportunity to think about replacing or augmenting traditional healthcare interactions with virtual solutions, whether it be a video visit with your doctor, a virtual doctor-to-doctor consult or even leveraging the use of remote medical sensors to support the maintenance of health.