We Are Ursa Health – Meet Ryan O'Connell


What’s your role at Ursa Health, and what do you do?

I joined Ursa Health in September 2019 as a manager of technical services. My role is to work with Ursa’s partners to help them discover and realize the potential of their data assets. This work takes many shapes but is always focused on ensuring our partners know the best way to measure and act upon their organizational opportunities.

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Can you share a little about your background?

When it comes to analytics work, it’s important to carefully deliver at each step of the process, from data collection to presentation. I’ve done it all, from managing multi-million-dollar development and implementation projects to cleansing raw data. I began my career as consultant with Deloitte responding to forensic analytics needs arising from major commercial litigation as well as federal investigations. I’ve since worked in healthcare analytics and have deep quality improvement experience in the kidney care space, in particular.

I earned a master of arts in conflict management from Lipscomb University and a bachelor of arts in management and human relations from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Why did you decide to work for Ursa Health?

Having worked in various data analysis roles over the last 11 years, I have spent thousands of hours wrangling, analyzing, and presenting data. Ursa streamlines every part of this process, so I found the technology incredibly compelling. I wanted to be a part of the team that delivered the Ursa solution to its partners.

What do you find to be the best part about working with Ursa Health?

In short, the people. Ursa was founded by and has subsequently assembled an excellent team. Each member is smart, down to earth, and fun to work with day in and day out. The team is also supportive of the growth of its members as well as the company. Because of the excellence of my colleagues, I am inspired everyday to strive for improvement.

What is one thing your colleagues would be surprised to know about you?

I grew up in the South and have a pronounced Southern accent, which I think causes the cognitive dissonance when I explain that I have had a daily meditation practice for the last nine years.