10th Anniversary Special Series: Aneesh Chopra, Dr. Ibe Mbanu, and Meredith Touchstone


This episode of Smarter Care Connections is the sixth and final episode  in our special series celebrating VCHI’s 10th Anniversary. Our guests this week are a triple threat. That’s right, we have three amazing guests – Aneesh Chopra, Dr. Ibe Mbanu, and Meredith Touchstone. They each bring unique expertise and perspective to our work.

Our Guests:

Aneesh Chopra

Aneesh Chopra is the President of CareJourney, an open data and analytics platform building a trusted, transparent rating system for physicians, networks, facilities and markets on the move to value. He served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama (’09-’12) and in 2014, authored, “Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government.” He serves on the Boards of the Health Care Cost Institute, International Digital Accountability Council, IntegraConnect, and Chairs the George Mason Innovation Advisory Council. He earned his MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and BA from The Johns Hopkins University.

Ibe Mbanu, MD, MBA, MPH

Dr. Ibe Mbanu currently serves as Senior Medical Director with Advocate Aurora Health; one the largest clinically integrated health systems in the United States. He serves as senior leadership for the system’s Strategy and Operations Group, as well as Employer Services including Occupational Medicine and Employee Health.  He continues to practice as a Hospitalist seeing patients and teaching as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Illinois School of Medicine. 

Prior to relocating to Chicago, Dr. Mbanu served in leadership with various health systems in Virginia including Bon Secours and HCA.  Dr. Mbanu has been involved in numerous statewide organizations dedicated to the improvement and evolution of healthcare in the Commonwealth.  He is Past President of Virginia Health Information, and recently completed his term as Treasurer and Board member for the Virginia Center for Health Innovation.  Additionally, he served as Trustee for the Richmond Academy of Medicine and Board Director for the Medical Society of Virginia where he also had the pleasure of leading as President of their foundation.

Meredith Touchstone

Meredith Touchstone has more than 20 years of experience leading employee benefits for jumbo national employers. Meredith currently leads CarMax’s Benefits, Leaves, and Accommodations teams with overall accountability for those programs supporting more than 26,000 associates across the country. She has deep expertise in innovation, strategy and design, compliance, benchmarking, communications, associate engagement strategies, vendor management, and administration. She is deeply passionate about managing and supporting population health to design resources that positively influence the health journey of employees and their loved ones. Meredith currently serves on Anthem’s Client Advisory Group as well as their Client Innovation Council and Castlight’s Client Advisory Board. Further she serves on the SmarterCare Virginia Employer Task Force as well as the Virginia Task Force on Primary Care.