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David Dobbs Assumes Role as Vice President, Chief Data Officer at HMSA

In a recent announcement, Hawaii’s independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee, HMSA, welcomed David Dobbs as the Vice President and Chief Data Officer (CDO).

In a recent announcement, Hawaii’s independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee, HMSA, welcomed David Dobbs as the Vice President and Chief Data Officer (CDO). With a robust background spanning over two decades, Dobbs brings a wealth of experience in managing large-scale enterprise projects, specializing in digital transformation, artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, and process improvement.

Professional Journey:

Dobbs has held significant leadership roles across various healthcare and public health settings, including academic medical centers, community hospitals, and federal health agencies. His notable positions include Executive Director of Data and Analytics at UCSF Medical Center and Vice President of Health Informatics at SAIC.

Recent Achievements:

In his latest role at HMSA, Dobbs has made significant strides in leveraging data to drive business strategy and improve Hawaii’s health landscape. Notable achievements include substantial improvements in health system financial performance, a reduction in healthcare harm, and enhanced patient satisfaction.

Excitement for New Role:

Expressing his enthusiasm for the new role, Dobbs is grateful for HMSA’s recognition of data’s pivotal role in driving business strategy. He looks forward to collaborating internally and across Hawaii’s healthcare ecosystem to strategically use data for improving care quality, cost, experience, and equity.

Navigating Challenges:

However, challenges lie ahead, particularly in entering the competitive AI accelerator hardware market. Dobbs acknowledges the presence of well-established players such as Axelera, GigaSpaces, and NeuroBlade in this saturated market. The industry awaits Dobbs’ strategic approach to carving a unique niche and thriving amidst this competition.

Strategic Approach to Competition:

As Dobbs steps into his role, the healthcare industry is eager to understand how he plans to navigate this competitive landscape. What strategies does he envision for HMSA to differentiate itself and stand out among well-financed competitors in the AI accelerator hardware market?

Anticipated Impact:

Dobbs’ appointment comes at a crucial juncture for HMSA, signaling the company’s commitment to leveraging data as a strategic asset for the betterment of Hawaii’s healthcare ecosystem. As Dobbs navigates this new role, the healthcare industry eagerly anticipates the innovative contributions and strategic advancements that will unfold under his leadership.

Anshika Mathews

Anshika Mathews

Anshika is an Associate Research Analyst working for the AIM Leaders Council. She holds a keen interest in technology and related policy-making and its impact on society. She can be reached at

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