May 06, 2014
Healthspek Names Director of Business Development
Kasey Anderson Joins Nashville-Based Personal Health Management App Team
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Healthspek, a Nashville-based personal health management app developer, has added healthcare industry veteran Kasey Anderson as its Director of Business Development.
Most recently, Anderson served as the executive director of the Nashville Academy of Medicine for more than a decade, and previously worked in the admissions department at Harding Academy. Anderson was a 2009 Nashville Business Journal "40 under 40" honoree and was named "Ten Women to Watch" in 2010 by Nashville Medical News.
Anderson was also the founding director of the Academy of Medicine's "Project Access Nashville" program - formerly known as "Bridges to Care Plus"—which has donated more than $27 million worth of healthcare to the city's uninsured population since 2005. In 2007, she accepted the Mutual of America Foundation's Community Partnership Award from famed author and activist Elie Wiesel for her work on the initiative.
"Our subscriber numbers and industry partnerships continue to increase, and Kasey is the right person to lead the business development effort," said Healthspek Co-founder Bruce LeFew. "With her background in both the healthcare and educational fields, she brings extensive knowledge and industry that will help Healthspek continue to grow."
Healthspek is a free iPad tool that manages personal health records by using the app to track, collect and safely disseminate healthcare information. The company says it plans to release comprehensive versions for iPhone, Android and Windows-based platforms this summer.
As its Director of Business Development, Anderson will be responsible for helping provide clear direction for the company's forward-looking objectives; building symbiotic partnerships with like-minded corporations and organizations; and helping the Healthspek developers build user engagement and adoption.
"I've been incredibly blessed to serve the physicians in this community for 11 years, and I'm looking forward to continuing those relationships through my role at Healthspek," Anderson said. "Healthspek has allowed me to merge my two passions: education and healthcare. It's exciting to play a role in building a comprehensive platform that allows patients to advocate for themselves in the rapidly evolving healthcare realm."
For Anderson, this work is personal. She understands the vital role Healthspek can play in managing personal health data: her 12-year-old son has a unique vascular disorder that requires the attention of multiple physicians at hospitals around the country. She uses the app to access his charts and manage vitals, labs, medications and more - a task she says would be daunting without Healthspek.
"I understand first-hand the need for this technology," she said. "This is not simply an information repository; it's a living, breathing tool that allows patients to proactively control their present and future.
"Healthspek is a resource that could literally save my son's life."
Anderson holds a bachelor's degree in education and a Master of Arts in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University, and has wielded her skill set in various leadership roles within the Nashville community.
Currently, she serves as the secretary of the Nashville Metropolitan Action Commission and is the president-elect of the Tennessee Society of Association Executives.
Anderson has also invested her time on the boards of Alive Hospice, the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association and the Young Leaders' Council.
The Healthspek team will have the opportunity to showcase the technology's innovation at the AARP Health Innovation @50+ LivePitch event in Boston on Friday, May 9. Anderson will be part of the team's product pitch to thousands of consumers and prospective investors at the national expo, which annually showcases the hottest startups in the "50 and over" health technology market.
"This year we attracted 193 excellent companies that applied to be one of our 10 finalists. In the two years we have conducted this event, we have seen more companies apply and a growing number attract investment," said Jody Holtzman, AARP's Senior Vice President of Thought Leadership. "After careful consideration, we came away with 10 strong companies who we think are poised to make an impact in healthcare for those 50 and over – and for everyone."
Last year, Healthspek was featured in the App Store's Best New Medical Apps, was listed as a Top-Five Best Medical and Health Care app by Tab Times, and won MediaPost's 2013 Appy Award in the medical category.
Healthspek manages all personal and family health information in one secure place, accessible from multiple devices anywhere in the world. The unique myDashboard helps consumers track medications, vitals and access care - from the app, users can record physician, insurance and emergency contacts, a personal photograph and even a signature, as well as allergies, medical charts and images, and more. The myInbox receives medical records and facilitates electronic communications with providers; with the patient's permission, doctors can access records through Healthspek's www.chartnow.com.
The free app is available for iPads through the App Store, and is customizable through more than a dozen "speks" that offer different personalized features.
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