For Immediate Release
HEALTHMAP SOLUTIONS APPOINTS CHERRILL FARNSWORTH TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kidney Population Health Management Leader Adds Healthcare Entrepreneur and Nationally Recognized Expert on Changing Healthcare Regulations to Board
NOVEMBER 20, 2019, TAMPA, FL— Healthmap Solutions, a rapidly growing national Kidney Population Health Management (KHM) company, announced today the appointment of Cherrill Farnsworth to its Board of Directors. Farnsworth is an influential national expert on changing healthcare regulations and business entrepreneur who has founded seven successful companies, the most recent being HealthHelp, an industry leader in specialty healthcare management. She joins a Board of industry leaders with extensive experience in finance, technology, and healthcare payor, provider, and patient services.
Farnsworth capitalizes on opportunities in regulatory changes and “red tape” others overlook to launch and grow successful start-ups. In 1999 she seized on the potential in managed care to launch HealthHelp. Farnsworth served as founder and chief executive officer of HealthHelp until the company was acquired in 2017 by WNS, a leading global Business Process Management company that partners with clients to co-create innovative digital and transformation solutions. Farnsworth currently serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of WNS-HealthHelp and Head of Healthcare Strategy.
“Cherrill brings a deep understanding of the specialty healthcare sector and a keen insight into the challenges facing health plans as they continue to adjust to value-based care and rapidly evolving policy and regulatory changes,” said Eric Reimer co-chairman of the Healthmap Solutions Board. “We will look to her world-class business acumen and considerable technical expertise as we continue to grow and further differentiate our high-tech, high-touch customized Kidney Health Management solutions.”
Farnsworth’s career achievements have made her a sought after national speaker at healthcare symposia and conferences and earned her business recognition. She has testified before Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on issues related to patient safety. She has received the KPMG Peat Marwick High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and was named “Most Influential in Specialty Health” by the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations. She sits on several boards, including the American Association of PPOs and Vital Decisions.
“In Cherrill, we have found a kindred spirit. She is a healthcare entrepreneur and innovative thinker who sees the transformative power of big data and artificial intelligence and the importance of provider and patient engagement in improving care, outcomes, and costs,” said Joe Vattamattam, chief executive officer and director of Healthmap Solutions board. “She has firsthand experience with the issues facing our clients and is laser-focused on solutions that deliver the most efficacious treatment to patients at the right place and at the right time to drive down costs and improve care."
Farnsworth joins the Healthmap Solutions Board of Directors at a time of escalating interest in the KHM sector. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) poses a significant challenge to the providers who care for the patients, health plans that cover the costs, and patients who are afflicted with it. In the United States, one in nine people have chronic kidney disease and remain unaware of it until they need more aggressive treatment. More than 726,000 Americans have irreversible kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and need a kidney transplant or dialysis while they wait for a kidney transplant, which can take upwards of three to seven years. What’s more, early detection remains the most meaningful way of stemming the growth rate of chronic kidney disease, keeping patients healthy, and lowering the cost of care.
“This is an exciting time to join the Healthmap Solutions Board, and I very much look forward to working with the high-caliber leadership team and my fellow Board members on furthering the incredible work already underway,” Farnsworth said. “Data-driven solutions and compassionate, safe, and high-quality care are my passion, and perhaps nowhere is it more important than in dealing with a population living with a chronic and debilitating disease such as chronic kidney disease (CKD). I am confident in Healthmap Solutions' ability to advance early detection and treatment and to bring new and innovative approaches to kidney care, thereby meaningfully changing the lives of millions living with CKD. I am proud to join its Board.”
About Healthmap Solutions
Healthmap Solutions is a Kidney Health Management company serving health plans, including Medicare Advantage and employer-sponsored plans, as well as accountable care organizations (ACOs) and provider groups seeking value-based solutions that improve the clinical and financial performance for high-risk, high-cost kidney patient populations. The company has a rich history forged in data and analytics, having begun as a healthcare data clearinghouse, adding robust healthcare analytics expertise, and today Healthmap Solutions uses that experience to power complex Kidney Health Management programs with its clinical experts. The company also provides similar integrated programs across the full range of specialty health population management. For more information: healthmapsolutions.com
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