Charlie Lougheed

Co-Founder of Explorys

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As a serial entrepreneur with major mergers and acquisitions under his belt, Charlie is no stranger to disruption and innovation.


Mr. Lougheed is the co-founder and senior partner of the Unify Project, a non profit that addresses economic disparities in U.S. cities by enabling program performance transparency, end-to-end accountability, and return on social impact investment via big data, machine learning, and blockchain.


Charlie co-founded and co-funded Explorys, now IBM Watson Health, in 2009 as a spin-off from Cleveland Clinic. Explorys became the leader in healthcare big data and value-based-care analytics, spanning 26 healthcare networks, 317 thousand providers, 360 hospitals, and 60 million patients across the United States. Having amassed the World’s largest clinical data set, Explorys went on to serve the payer, life sciences, and pharmaceutical sectors by providing real-world evidence and insight for product planning, research, health economic outcomes research, and safety.


As president of Explorys, Charlie led key areas within the company including strategy, product design, platform engineering, client services, and marketing. After the IBM acquisition of Explorys, he led the strategic consulting and implementation efforts for Watson Health’s value based care initiatives.


Prior to Explorys, Charlie co-founded Everstream in 1999 which later became the market leader in broadband and content analytics before being acquired by Concurrent (NASDAQ: CCUR) in 2005. There he served as Chief Technology Officer and later President as the company enabling its clients such Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, and Charter to leverage their data to exponentially scale their networks and broker better deals with their content providers.


Charlie has also been at the forefront of innovation within the financial services sector having led online banking and consumer analytics at KeyBank, National City Bank, and PNC. Prior to entering the financial services sector, Charlie served as Lead Consultant with the Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group.


Mr. Lougheed is a frequent speaker at industry events and meetings including The White House, Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit, Harvard Business School Alumni Club, World of Watson, DHG National Symposium, HIMSS Conference, and the Health 2.0 Annual Summit.


Charlie is also an active leader in his community serving as founder and Chairman of The Lougheed Initiative Foundation, vice Chairman of Friends of Breakthrough Schools, and Chairman of the Galen Foundation and He is a principal partner in 23Bell, the investment group that led the initial round of financing for Explorys, as well as a member of the North Coast Angel Fund.


Mr. Lougheed earned his bachelor degree from John Carroll University and resides with his family in Shaker Heights, Ohio.


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