Senior Consultant

Pranish Kantesaria

Area of services: Clinicians, Compliance and operations

Before this, Pranish served in several positions at Indiana University Health (IU Health). Most recently he was Coordinator for Research & Development IU Health. In this capacity he was an internal consultant for new business development and solutions to clinical issues as well and working with CHV, the venture capital arm of IU Health. He was responsible for the design protocol and data collection in a study examining new technology to extend beyond use dating for chemotherapeutic agents. As a result, he oversaw installation of the first hydrogen peroxide vapor bio-decontamination isolator in a US hospital. He was also instrumental in creating a predictive model algorithm using a complexity score to determine potential medication errors and required pharmacy resources that were incorporated into the pharmacy business plan.

As Director of Pharmacy for Riley Children’s Hospital, also an IU Health facility, Pranish was responsible for all pharmacy operations. Using lean implementation techniques, he was able to identify and modify protocols that eliminated $360K in annual pharmacy waste. He led a revenue cycle audit that was credited with moving the pharmacy from income falling $6M below budget to $4M above budgeted revenue. At the same time he was responsible for assisting patient units and clinics to augment policies and procedures to emphasize safe medication practices. He also developed new pharmacy services for outpatient oncology, pulmonology and transplant.

Prior to joining IU Health, Pranish was Pharmacy Manager for United Health Services in Binghamton, NY. In this position he was responsible for pharmacy operations in a 220–bed community hospital. He also planned and managed remote order entry services supporting a nearby rural hospital. While at UHS, he designed and implemented paperless fax–to–scan technology enabling the pharmacy to receive orders in real time and improve order entry efficiency.

Pranish Kantesaria received a Doctor of Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and biophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He completed a residency in pharmacy practice management at the University of Utah Hospital & Clinics as well as an AHA–NPSF National Patient Safety Fellowship. He holds a Black Belt with Six Sigma. In Utah, he was appointed to the Governor’s Pandemic Influenza Planning Task Force. Following hurricane Katrina, he managed pharmacy support for a medical clinic established to treat evacuees in coordination with area hospitals, the Red Cross and state and county health departments.

Pranish and his family reside in Austin, Texas where he is an avid cyclist, photographer and enjoys the practice of yoga. Together with his wife, he works with fostering rescue dogs.