Rajesh Godavarthi, MS
Associate Vice President, Technology and Interoperability
MCG Health, part of the Hearst Health network
HITAC Member Terms:
Term 1: 1/2022 – 12/2024
Rajesh “Raj” Godavarthi is MCG Health’s Associate Vice President of Technology and Interoperability. Mr. Godavarthi has been with MCG since 2002, and he oversees a team of software developers and architects that are building the key interoperability solutions that are outlined in MCG’s roadmap for the future. His team also helps develop, enhance, and maintain MCG’s evidence-based clinical decision support software currently used by nine of the largest U.S. health plans and nearly 2,600 hospitals.
In addition, Mr. Godavarthi is MCG’s primary representative in the HL7 Da Vinci Project. MCG has been an Associate Member of this consortium since 2019, and Mr. Godavarthi has led efforts to support industry stakeholders developing new HL7 FHIR standards which will allow for improved interoperability and communication between payers and providers. In September 2021, Mr. Godavarthi was named the co-lead for the HL7 Da Vinci Project’s burden reduction use cases in prior auth support (PAS), coverage requirement discovery (CRD), and documentation templates and rules (DTR). In July 2021, he became a member of the WEDI Prior Authorization Subworkgroup. WEDI (Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange) is a formal advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). They are a leading authority on the use of health IT to efficiently improve health information exchange, enhance care quality, and reduce costs.
In December 2021, Mr. Godavarthi was elected to the WEDI Board of Directors, and he was subsequently appointed to serve a 3-year term on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC).
Prior to MCG, Mr. Godavarthi was the Development Lead at the world-renowned actuarial firm of Milliman. He has also served as a consultant for technology teams at Intel, Citigroup, and MCI, co-developing enterprise software products for web, desktop, and reporting solutions.
Mr. Godavarthi earned his Master’s in Computer Science (MCS) (Computer Applications) from Osmania University, and his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Acharya Nagarjuna University. In addition, he achieved Project Management certification from the University of Washington.