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Bryan Cole

VP, Team Manager

Bryan Cole is a Vice President, Team Manager on the Gartner Healthcare Industry Research team focused on Medicare, Medicaid, provider network management, value-based payments and supporting administrative technologies for U.S.-based healthcare payers. In this role, Mr. Cole also oversees Gartner's healthcare optimization and modernization research spanning payer, provider and life science technology needs worldwide. He brings a depth of experience in product development, provider network construction, regulatory analysis and strategic planning to Gartner. He uses this background to help both payers and government agencies proactively adapt to changing conditions and new constraints while innovating to better serve their customer's needs. His coverage areas and research interests include the impact of changing regulations on business models and processes, along with the associated technology requirements.

Previous experience

Mr. Cole has led financial modeling, network creation, market intelligence, legal review and systems implementation for a range of tightly regulated managed care product lines. These include ACA Exchange, Medicare Advantage, Dual Eligible, Medicaid, FEHBP and ancillary plans among others. In his prior work, he developed practical experience in delivering sustainable results, competitive differentiation, affordability, customer value and member experience. He also has experience with performance improvement and turnaround projects as well as acquisitions, integrations and divestitures.

Professional background

Molina Healthcare and HealthPlus of Michigan

Associate Vice President, Government Contracts


Senior Manager, Products and Programs

UnitedHealth Group

Manager, Business Development

Areas of coverage

Healthcare and Life Science Digital Optimization and Modernization

Healthcare and Life Science Digital Transformation and Innovation


M.B.A., with distinction, Corporate Strategy, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

B.A., with high honors, Economics and Political Science, University of Michigan

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Future technology needs and vendors for Medicare Advantage, managed medicaid, public exchange, and other U.S. government healthcare programs

2Business and technology impacts of new U.S. healthcare reform, ACA legislation, and regulation

3Optimization and modernization of payer administrative systems to achieve transformational goals such as value-based care

4Provider network management technology portfolio rationalization, vendor solutions and business process best practices

5Emerging technologies and vendors which allow improved collaboration between U.S. healthcare payers and providers