Kristina Sheridan is an experienced long-term caregiver and patient advocate who has worked in systems engineering for 30 years. She is the principal investigator for the MITRE research project Empowering Patients and Providers to Partner for Best Care, which researches how information technology solutions can empower patients to collect and track active data, effectively manage their conditions between appointments, and fully partner with their care teams.
Sheridan combines her systems engineering background and experience as a caregiver of chronic pediatric patients to help the healthcare and health information technology communities understand the complexities of managing chronic illness, and to develop and provide tools that will ease the day-to-day burden of managing care. She advocates for tools and processes that allow patient stories and data to be captured and used for developing treatment plans that best meet patient needs and goals.
Sheridan is an experienced speaker and has advocated for solutions to empower patients and caregivers in more than 25 national healthcare forums. She is the department head for the Enterprise Transition Planning and Execution department at MITRE and has been a trusted advisor to senior government officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Veterans Health Administration. Sheridan has also spent 18 years working in the satellite industry and received her master’s degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University, UK.