AristaMD Appoints New Leadership to Drive Company’s Next Phase of Growth
LeVasseur, Tatman bring deep healthcare experience to new roles, combined with strategic focus on broad industry adoption
AristaMD, whose technology improves the specialty referral process for primary care physicians, has tapped a new leadership team as the company looks to drive further adoption of its telehealth solution.
AristaMD’s board of directors has promoted Brooke LeVasseur, previously chief business officer, to chief executive officer. Additionally, Dereck Tatman, formerly AristaMD’s chief commercial officer, will assume the role of president and chief operating officer.
The new leadership takes the reins at AristaMD as the company ramps up its growth efforts and expands its customer base. LeVasseur and Tatman have each successfully driven the adoption of new solutions in providers’ clinical practices while establishing relationships with payers to fund and extend the coverage of those technologies. Each will draw heavily upon that experience as demand for telehealth solutions such as AristaMD’s Smart Care Platform jumps in the coming years.
Payers and providers are increasingly seeking out new means of improving the quality and delivery of care while reducing costs, and telehealth solutions have shown immense promise in fulfilling these objectives. Telehealth has also proven to increase patient satisfaction, primarily due to the associated convenience and decreased costs.
AristaMD’s telehealth solution helps patients obtain access to high-quality specialist care. The Smart Care platform enables primary care physicians to engage in eConsults with a board-certified, national panel of specialists covering more than 40 specialties and subspecialties. The Smart Care Platform helps payers and providers reduce specialty-referral costs and improve patient care, while reducing hospital admissions and emergency room visits.
An eConsult is an asynchronous, digital consultation between a primary care physician and a specialist that provides timely access to high-quality specialty care guidance through seamless, secure online communications and information exchange.
Access to specialty care is likely to become an issue that draws greater attention – not to mention investment dollars – in the future. The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that the U.S. will face a specialist shortage of between 28,000 and 64,000 by 2025. Further, the prediction of a future specialist shortage comes at a time when specialty referrals have skyrocketed. Between 1999 and 2009, the probability that an ambulatory visit to a physician resulted in a referral to another physician rose from 4.8 percent to 9.3 percent, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Thus far in 2017, AristaMD has enjoyed exponential growth in sales and new customer acquisitions. One recently announced client is the Central California Alliance for Health, a nonprofit health plan that serves more than 355,00 members in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced counties.
Another notable customer is North County Health Services (NCHS), a private, nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center with 13 clinical care sites serving over 65,000 patients per month in North County San Diego, California. NCHS began with a pilot of the Smart Care Platform at three of its clinics, and was so pleased with the results that it expanded its adoption of the technology to all 13 sites. NCHS found that 65 percent of the eConsults its providers engaged in resolved patients’ issues, rendering a specialist visit unnecessary. NCHS providers also determined the timeliness of eConsults to be valuable, as nearly two-thirds of patients’ issues were resolved within four hours of their clinicians initiating an eConsult.
AristaMD expects that, like NCHS, many more provider groups will adopt telehealth solutions to enable their patients to obtain timely and cost-effective care in the coming years.
“This is a critical time for our healthcare system, as many patients struggle to access the care they need to live healthy and productive lives,” LeVasseur said. “Telehealth is the key to bridging this access gap, and we look forward to continuing to partner with payers and providers to address this important issue.”
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