Healthcare and Life Sciences 50

Daniel J. Hilferty/Independence Health Group

Daniel J. Hilferty is CEO of Independence Health Group, parent of Independence Blue Cross, one of the nation’s leading health insurers. The number of people served by Independence Health Group has tripled since 2010 under Mr. Hilferty’s leadership. His vision is to lead the transformation of healthcare in America, seeking innovative technologies and new models of care that will increase the quality and lower the cost of care.

Mr. Hilferty led the creation of the Independence Blue Cross Center for Innovation; launched Tandigm Health, a unique venture arming primary care physicians with new tools and data; established Quil, a joint venture with Comcast that is focused on digital health; and partnered with other leaders in healthcare to purchase dynamic health care companies including AmeriHealth Caritas, one of the country’s largest Medicaid-managed care companies.

Mr. Hilferty is the immediate past chairman of the board of directors of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and serves on the executive committee of America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Mr. Hilferty identifies with his strong Irish heritage through his father, the late John Hilferty, and his family connection to Letterkenny, County Donegal. Mr. Hilferty’s great-grandfather, also named Daniel Hilferty, moved to America in 1864. His family connection also extends through his late mother Mary [née Gallagher] and her family ties to CountyMayo. Mr. Hilferty’s leadership role in the Irish American community has led to an honorary doctorate from Maynooth University, the Irish American Business Chamber’s Taoiseach  Award, and recognition as a St. Patrick’s College Irish Educational Development Foundation Honoree.

Mr. Hilferty and his wife Joan have five children and three grandchildren. ♦