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CVS picks CIO to head Aetna integration

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Navagamuwa named CIO and executive vice president.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — According to published reports in the Wall Street Journal, CVS Health has named a new chief information officer tasked with integrating its information technology and data with IT systems used by Aetna, which the drugstore chain acquired last year in a $70 billion deal.

Roshan Navagamuwa, who over the past year served as interim CIO, was named CIO and executive vice president of the combined health-industry giant, leading all areas of technology operations and innovation, according to a statement provided by the company. The move is effective immediately.

He will report to the firm’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, Jonathan Roberts, the company said.

“We are bringing two world-class IT organizations together as part of this integration,” Navagamuwa told the Journal in an email. “While there are opportunities to integrate enterprise systems, the most exciting opportunities are what we can build as a result of the two entities coming together,” he said.

He said cloud computing was an enabling factor in the integration process, by helping the firm move quickly to take advantage of both existing and emerging software and services.

Navagamuwa joined CVS in 2012 as vice president of IT for the firm’s government business unit. Within three years he became its client services leader.

As CIO, he now oversees an enterprise-technology team made up of a mix of senior IT leaders from both CVS and Aetna. In the months ahead, he will work with Meg McCarthy, executive vice president of operations and technology and former CIO of Aetna, during a transition period to bring together the two firms’ IT organizations.

Among other tools, Navagamuwa told the Journal he plans to use big data and analytics to help the firm integrate and deliver care that will be easier to use, while shifting services to be more relevant and personalized and creating platforms that support health-care experts.


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