Keela Davis is an Engagement Manager with WWT’s big data and management consulting practice. Keela holds Master’s degrees in Cellular Biology/Chemistry and Engineering Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics. Her areas of research have yielded 10 patents with a focus on neurological signaling pathways associated with pain; isolation and detection of organisms in biological weapons; the development of novel implantable biomaterials for extended therapeutic drug-release; and medical device development and commercialization.
Prior to joining WWT, Keela served as a scientist and Executive Director for clinical, medical device, and informatics research at a nation-leading integrated healthcare organization, as well as working to develop products and clinical offerings for the world’s largest virtual care provider organization.
Q&A with Keela Davis
- Tell us about your background and how you got into technology.
- I have been interested in technology for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I built random electronics from parts and pieces around the house, and my dad taught me to build simple programs for a number of games. I studied Engineering Physics and Cell and Molecular Biology to build electronics for medical purposes and then worked as a research scientist in Materials Engineering and Molecular Biology laboratories on National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense projects. This strengthening interest and involvement in technology yielded an opportunity early in my career to start a division within a healthcare company that focused on building and commercializing medical devices, which expanded my experience with organizational operations, finance, investing, intellectual property and entrepreneurialism in the realm of technology and healthcare. These immersive experiences have allowed me to understand the technology as well as see the bigger picture of technology’s role in supporting businesses and consumers, which has led me to the management consulting and big data practice at WWT.
- What is your role at WWT?
- My role is an Engagement Manager at WWT. In this role, I support customers at the intersection of technology and business where I focus on delivering strategy, digital transformation and big data initiatives across industries, but particularly healthcare and life sciences. I regularly work with leaders at client organizations to determine the business outcome they want to achieve and coordinate multidisciplinary teams throughout WWT to implement state-of-the-art and enterprise-level technology solutions to help our clients see that outcome to fruition.
- What innovation is happening in your technology focus area that has you really excited?
- There is so much going on that is exciting! An area of innovation that stands out to me is in the big data space and its application to customized user experiences through the combination of advanced big data infrastructures, analytics tools, artificial intelligence and deep learning. These innovations are enabling segmentation of users and actionable predictive tools to create improved outcomes. We are seeing this in healthcare — applications providing quicker, less invasive diagnoses, precision therapeutic treatments based on patient genetics and proteomics, early interventions to prevent hospitalizations and improvements in reimbursement levels.
- Describe a recent interaction with a customer that led to solving a problem.
- I was recently working with a healthcare partner who had been struggling with identifying an audio/video technology to meet their needs for a unique use case. After understanding that there isn’t a product on the market designed to meet the customer’s need, we assembled a “speed solutioning” team at WWT, comprised of subject matter experts in audio/video and healthcare. Within a week, the team was able to identify a near-term solution that would allow the customer to begin their work by covering 75% of the features needed, as well as a plan to partner with the customer to design and build an audio/video solution to best meet their needs in the long-term.