Tamara Gatchell


Tamara is a Principal with Bridge Innovate® and serves as Research & Technology Leader. Her experience in design thinking is broad having completed certification with IDEO's design thinking methodology through ExperiencePoint and serving as design thinking coach on numerous design thinking transformations. From leading design thinking Hackathons to design coaching for economic growth, Tamara has a proven consulting and innovation track record.

She has designed and facilitated many SWARM® accelerated design sessions using IDEO’s Design Thinking framework for clients across industries. She is expert in knowledge curation and assists clients as they gather insights in preparation for design events. Tamara's knowledge as a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and her years of experience with Ernst & Young management consulting provides a natural foundation for guiding clients through transformation and Prototype, Iteration, and Testing (PIT) using agile approaches.

In addition, Tamara has assisted many clients by translating regulatory language into clear and focused communications. She has expertise in several healthcare regulatory programs and has written summaries of final rules that have been distributed regionally by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and nationally by DataGen. She was the keynote speaker at the Missouri Hospital Association Meaningful Use Symposium to discuss the Electronic Health Record Certification proposed rules released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

Recent clients include Unum, McKesson, Boston Children’s Hospital, Albany Medical Center, Healthcare Association of New York State, Lyndhurst Foundation, and Cargill.

Tamara’s previous work experience includes serving as an Assistant Director and Manager in the Health Care Consulting practice of Ernst & Young LLP in Boston. During her tenure with Ernst & Young, Tamara helped clients at academic medical centers with health information technology strategy and implementation.

In addition to her work with Bridge Innovate, Tamara is Principal of Cadence Analytics in Albany, New York. Cadence provides a diverse range of professional services from information technology strategy and design, to stakeholder design sessions; and project and program management. Cadence is a certified Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in New York State.

Tamara holds an MBA from the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science from Clarkson University. Tamara is currently a candidate in the Master of English program at the University at Albany.  She and her family reside outside of Albany, New York.

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