3 Southern California Companies Win ABBY Awards at the 16th Innovations in Healthcare(sm) ABBY Awards Event

3 Southern California Companies Win ABBY Awards at the 16th Innovations in Healthcare(sm) ABBY Awards Event 3 Southern California Companies Win ABBY Awards at the 16th Innovations in Healthcare(sm) ABBY Awards Event 3 Southern California Companies Win ABBY Awards at the 16th Innovations in Healthcare(sm) ABBY Awards Event

Santa Ana, CA - October 26, 2015 – Three Southern California companies – one in collaboration with a county health agency – won ABBY Awards at the 16th Innovations in Healthcare(sm) Leadership and ABBY Awards Event, on October 21, 2015, in Long Beach, CA. Presented by the Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization, this Event and its awards recognize innovative organizations and individuals who are dramatically reducing the cost of quality healthcare.

Paul Giboney, MD, Director of Specialty Care for Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and Chris Cruttenden, President of Safety Net Connect, of Newport Beach, CA, received the Diamond ABBY Award for their eConsult system to increase specialty care access for the Los Angeles safety net population. eConsult was deployed initially for 18 months in 2011 with the LA Care Health Plan and LACDHS. Since October 2013, LACDHS has expanded the program in its network of hospitals and clinics. eConsult provides primary care physicians (PCPs) with an easy-to-use care coordination system that effectively triages access to specialty care. When PCPs send a secure request for a specialist consult, eConsult's built-in decision support and referral guidelines help ensure all of the necessary information is provided – allowing for a more qualified peer-to-peer consultation.

George Carpenter, CEO of CNS Response, Inc., of Aliso Viejo, CA, received the Platinum ABBY Award for the company's PEER (Psychiatric Encephalographic Evaluation Registry) Report, which was developed by physicians to provide objective information about medication response for similar patients. PEER combines a "crowdsourced" physician outcome registry with EEG, an accepted, well-normed test of brain function. The PEER Report provides the prescriber with adjunctive information which, based on the outcomes of patients with similar EEG attributes, can help guide the selection of medications which are most likely to work and those which should be avoided. PEER provides the prescriber with objective, personalized information for the patient and, therefore, significantly reducing the use of trial-and-error prescribing.

Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, of Woodland Hills, CA, received the Gold ABBY Award for the Center's Skills Program, a web-based system for designing and implementing comprehensive treatment plans for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that are tailored to meet each patient's specific needs. Skills includes a well-validated assessment that covers age-appropriate skills across eight developmental domains, and with its accompanying Skills LogBook app, enables users to collect ongoing treatment data, intuitively tracking treatment progress via easy-to-read graphs and charts. Skills supports treatment plan development and implementation, processes clinicians would otherwise spend hours performing, and improves user efficiency on many levels, both reducing treatment costs and allowing clinicians to treat more patients.

At the Event, these organizations were among nine innovative healthcare companies who vied for the 2015 ABBY Awards, which honor companies, selected from throughout North America, which have developed ways to lower the cost of providing quality healthcare through their medical or information technologies, or innovative approaches to the delivery of healthcare. The nine Finalists were selected by a committee composed of 19 ABL Members who are C-level healthcare executives with deep industry domain knowledge. Three ABBY Award Winners were chosen via secret ballot by the healthcare executives attending the October 21st Event, after viewing presentations made by the CEO or senior executive representing each Finalist company. Attendance was open to ABL Members and their guests, as well as non-Member senior executives of healthcare providers and payers, health IT, medical technology, and services firms. 

"As many of our Members and Guests who attended this, our 16th Innovations in Healthcare(sm) Awards Event, shared with me, 'this was the best ABBY Awards ever,'" noted Mimi Grant, ABL Organization President. "What was unique about this year's event was all ten of our presenters – including Dr. Arora, Project ECHO’s Director – discussed how technology is enabling them to deploy solutions to provide better care to more people at lower cost. When we launched ABL's Healthcare Round Tables in 1989, we felt it was necessary to break off from our founding Technology Groups. Today, we've come full circle, as we're seeing how technology, both locally and globally, is enabling savvy clinicians to provide higher quality care much more cost effectively." 

Also at the Event, Sanjeev Arora, MD, gave the keynote presentation and was honored with the “Leadership in Innovation” Award. Dr. Arora founded Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) in 2003, which makes specialized medical knowledge accessible wherever it is needed to save and improve people's lives. It has already brought specialty care to tens of millions of patients around the world, on its way to "touching a billion people by 2025." Using videoconferencing and case-based learning, ECHO's specialists train and mentor primary care clinicians who in turn serve the medically needy in rural and urban areas – so they can treat patients with complex health conditions locally with a level of care previously only available from specialists, typically just located in major cities or at academic medical centers. Today, just 12 years after its founding, Project ECHO is deployed in 26 states and 11 countries, where specialists in 63 hubs, anchored at 55 universities and 11 VA sites (plus worldwide engagement with the DOD and CDC) train and mentor clinicians. The "mentees" are primary care givers – physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs, MAs, social workers, and community health workers, and are located in over 2,400 rural and urban clinics, where they treat patients with 40 diseases and conditions. 

Other ABBY Award Finalists and their presenters were:

Lou Silverman, CEO of St. Louis, MO’s Advanced ICU Care, whose remote ICU patient monitoring solution serves hospitals with state-of-the-art technology that provides a constant stream of patient-centric health data, along with smart algorithms and U.S.-board certified intensivist and critical care nursing resources.

Scott Shreeve, MD, CEO of Aliso Viejo, CA’s Crossover Health Inc., which combines leading-edge technologies and contemporary healthcare facilities – onsite and near-site clinics – focused on patient experience, providing employers with a new model of healthcare for their workers.

Kian Raiszadeh, CEO of San Francisco, CA’s SpineZone, which has perfected a reliable, non-operative, and comprehensive back pain management methodology that is administered by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physical therapists, physician assistants, and spine rehabilitation specialists.

Michael Nusimow, CEO of Mountain View, CA’s drchrono, whose mobile electronic health record was voted the #1 iPad EHR three years in a row by Black Book and is also available on clinicians’ iPhones and Apple Watches.

Gregory Moore, CEO of Irvine, CA’s Harbor Health Systems’ Harbor One Medical Provider Network, which serves companies’ workers compensation needs with an immediately available network of high-performing physicians covering the entire state of California.

Matthew Sappern, CEO of Cranbury, NJ’s PeriGen Inc., whose PeriCALM Checklist is a real-time bedside IT application designed to enhance clinician efficiency, consistency, and timely recognition of impending problems in maternal labor.

Past “Leadership in Innovation” and ABBY Award Winners

Previous “Leadership in Innovation” Award Winners have included Thomas J. Fogarty, MD, Founder of the Fogarty Institute for Innovation and 30 medical device companies; Steve Plochocki, CEO of Quality Systems, Inc./NextGen; Daniel Kraft, MD, CEO of Intellimedicine; Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, CEO of NantWorks; Steve Case, CEO of Revolution Health Group; Steve Burd, CEO of Safeway Inc.; Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita, Inc.; and Leonard Schaeffer, CEO of WellPoint Health Networks. Previous ABBY Award Winners include numerous companies that have made breakthroughs and transformative advances in medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, information technology, and electronic solutions, as well as organizations that have applied innovative systems and technology to providing care and coverage, decreasing the numbers of uninsured, and engaging healthcare consumers more actively in their care and health status. 

About the Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization

Since 1989, the Adaptive Business Leaders Organization (ABL) has helped its Members grow great companies through its Healthcare CEO Round Tables. Each month, Members leverage each other’s skills, expertise, and connections, in a confidential, personal advisory board setting. During each session, Members share best practices with their non-competitive peers as they share “What’s Up?” and tackle topics like: “Reducing the Spend on the Medically Needy 5%,” “Implications of Expanded Medi-Cal for You,” “Creating a Culture of Accountability,” and “The App Will See You Now.” Also, each session has a Featured Member or Guest Speaker whose presentations provide valuable insights and stimulate lively discussions within the Group. 

ABL Members are also encouraged to attend frequent ABL Workshops and Conferences. The largest of these is the Innovations in Healthcare(sm) ABBY Awards Event. Other events held in 2015, so far, have included the 12th annual Top Tech Trends, “Beginning with the End in Mind,” Member Socials in both Northern and Southern California, and two “Developing an Effective Board of Directors for Growing Companies” Workshops. In addition to the Members’ peer mentors, each Round Table’s professional facilitator serves as an objective business advisor, offering executive and industry insights. 

ABL’s Healthcare Round Tables are held in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and in the East Bay. ABL’s separate Technology Round Tables, launched in 1983, are held throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. More information about ABL, including testimonials from ABL Members, can be found here.

Contact: Janet Rich, ABL Publications Manager, at (509) 481-7461

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