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SCAN Group announces new Diversification Advisory Council

SCAN Group, whose holdings include SCAN Health Plan, one of the largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans in the US, has appointed people from medicine, finance, technology and government for its Diversification Advisory Council. The newly formed group will offer guidance on how best to align with, grow and foster organizations that promote SCAN’s mission to support healthier aging.

The group's formation comes as SCAN accelerates its overall diversification and expansion efforts. In the past few months, SCAN has made investments in MedArrive, a healthcare logistics and services platform that enables payers and providers to extend care services into the home, and Monogram Health, a leading kidney care management company that provides in-home solutions for patients living with chronic kidney and end-stage renal disease.

“When we put together this team, we didn’t just look for people who would give us advice—we sought a diverse group of seasoned experts who would share their experience,” said Binoy Bhansali, who leads Corporate Development for SCAN Group. 

“Our advisory team’s wisdom, combined with SCAN’s expertise in designing care for older adults, means SCAN is positioned to spur innovation that will improve and transform the delivery of healthcare for older Americans.”

Memorial Healthcare's Jeffrey Sturman chief information officer becomes chief digital officer

As it continues to accelerate digital transformation and consumerism efforts, Memorial Healthcare System is restructuring several leadership positions, including CIO, to better support its patient engagement and IT agendas. 

Jeffrey Sturman's promotion from CIO to chief digital officer is a move Memorial Healthcare has made to expand its digital innovation and consumerism approaches.  

The health system hopes the shift will better "align strategy, innovation and new ways to effect the care continuum," Mr. Sturman said, adding that his role has expanded to now overseeing IT, clinical engineering and biomed, as well as spearheading solutions to fix the current healthcare access issues. 
In the new role, Sturman will manage all the health system's call centres, for which he is working to create a new organisational structure for employees to consolidate and standardise the process for patients. 

He is also overseeing the development of the vice president of digital innovation officer, who will oversee Memorial Healthcare's focus on virtual health and remote patient monitoring with the potential addition of a command centre to manage patient flow between its hospitals. 

MicroPort Orthopaedics recruits Medical Director 

MicroPort Orthopaedics, a global orthopaedic devices and technologies company, has announced that C. Lowry Barnes, MD, Chair of Orthopaedics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Health, has  joined the company’s leadership team as Medical Director. 

Dr Barnes is a board-certified, fellowship-trained total joint surgeon with a special interest in hip and knee replacement surgery. His expertise as an innovative thought leader and educator has greatly influenced the global orthopaedic industry. 

He has held many leadership positions across the orthopaedic industry, most recently as the President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). He is also on the editorial boards of many scientific journals and serves as Editor for The Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances (JSOA).

“I have enjoyed working with the leadership team at MicroPort, and I look forward to engaging with their international sales team as we develop a high-touch, high tech approach to surgeon engagement. The opportunity to expand my role as Medical Director will allow for accelerated progress in innovation, leadership, and education – further establishing MicroPort as a leader in the medical device industry,” Dr Barnes said. 

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