Jason Cooper, VP and chief analytics officer for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, has been crunching numbers for years—just the focus of his analytics efforts have changed. Until 2004, as a senior systems engineer for Titan Systems, he conducted independent verification and validation of spaceflight software for missions including the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle and other unmanned efforts, such as New Horizons, which recently did a fly-by study of Pluto.

As exciting as that was, healthcare drew him in. “My mother was a nurse for over 30 years, and I witnessed her play an active role in changing people’s lives through professional nursing,” he says. It was a natural segue, he adds—“I simply went from using my experience to keep a handful of men and women healthy in a challenging environment called space, to leveraging those talents to keep millions of people healthy in a challenging environment called earth.”

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