Ellen Rudnick is a senior adviser for entrepreneurship at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. She previously served as the Polsky Center’s executive director. She works with the startups that emerge from the program and is also on the board of Hyde Park Angels, a private investment group.
She understands the power of data to change a business or an industry, especially when it comes to health care, after working extensively in health care and information services industries.
“Over the past several years health care providers have been implementing Electronic Medical Records and are accumulating massive data,” she told Blue Sky. “Additionally, the increasing use of genetic testing is generating data. The databases that are being developed through EMRs, genetic testing and other systems will enable the creation of benchmarks, best practices and treatment protocols.”
Before joining Chicago Booth, Rudnick spent 25 years in business management and entrepreneurship serving as president and CEO of Healthcare Knowledge Resources, president of HCIA, chairman of Pacific Biometrics, and corporate vice president of Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
She has also served on many corporate boards including Liberty Mutual, First Midwest Bank, Northshore University Healthcare Research Institute and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. Rudnick has received a number of honors, including the YWCA Leadership Awards.
She has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.