Glen Tullman, Former Allscripts CEO, Sets Sights on mHealth

9-16-2013 9-24-44 PM

Glen Tullman, the former CEO of Allscripts, has joined forces with Chicago-based entrepreneur Brad Keywell to launch a new health IT venture focused on both mobile health and employer-based wellness programs.

The new company, called Zest Health, will launch in the coming weeks and will offer a mobile health apps that will consolidate a variety of popular mHealth offerings under one platform. The app will include a “Talk to Me” feature, which facilitates on-demand phone-based telehealth consultations with nurses, NPs, and PAs. A “Schedule Me” feature, which will operate in the same space that ZocDoc does, allowing patients to search for and book doctors appointments. “Track Me,” which will house a patient portal consolidating EHR data from the various healthcare organizations a patient is being seen at, and “Inform Me,” which will compete with HealthTap and WebMD to provide a symptom checker and condition research platform.

Beyond the mHealth platform, the company also plans to build a benefits management system, marketed to employers to help them leverage technology to lock in insurance plans at a reduced cost. Inspiration for the business stemmed in part from a New York Times article about rising healthcare costs called “How to Charge $546 for Six Liters of Saltwater.’”

"Health care costs are going up every year for employers and way outpacing inflation. When employers start to get data-enhanced transparency and collective buying power, maybe the tide can be turned a little bit." – Brad Keywell, co-founder Zest Health

The new company will be led by former CEO of Apollo Health Street Karen Ferrell.

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