In that position, the 36-year-old has juggled state- and national-level projects, including the development of some of the largest interoperability projects in the country, using conventional and bleeding edge Web-based technology.
For his accomplishments, Desai won a place in Modern Healthcare's 2013 class of Up and Comers.
“I think I was always into technology,” Desai says, recalling his early years in high school and his first computer obtained from a family friend who owned a computer shop. His healthcare interests, meanwhile, have family roots. “My sister is a physician. My mom worked in a hospital.” And Desai has a bachelor's of science in biotechnology from Rutgers University. “I'm much more of a people person,” rather than doing research, he says. “Business is more my thing.”
Desai received an MBA from the University of Maryland, with a focus on strategy and marketing. There he worked with its Center for Health Information and Decision Systems, providing strategic assessments to health IT stakeholders while also specializing in bio-tech working with the university's own venture capital fund.
Before coming to the collaborative, Desai worked in technology advisory positions with Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, and before that in marketing positions with a data management firm catering to the drug industry.
Desai, who has been with NYeHC since 2010, has led relationship building and technical development for the collaborative's EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup. He's also managed development of an application programming interface, or API, to sit atop the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, SHIN-NY. The collaborative oversees the network. Desai also has led the New York Digital Health Accelerator, which has yielded $4.2 million in funding for eight companies.