A Digital Path to Health for All

project-syndicate | July 05, 2019

The world is just beginning to recognize the potential of digitally enhanced data to improve health. Increased use of digital technology and artificial intelligence can make countries better at predicting and preventing disease, and at providing health care to people in remote or underserved areas. Global leaders at the recent annual gathering of the World Health Assembly in Geneva expressed worry and optimism in almost equal measure. Delegates at the Assembly the decision-making body of the World Health Organization likened the scope of the worlds health crisis to that of the threat posed by climate change. They also agree, however, that digital technology and data will play a crucial role in accelerating efforts to achieve health for all.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Alegeus and HealthSherpa Experience Significant Momentum for ICHRA

Alegeus and HealthSherpa | July 19, 2022

Alegeus, the market leader in healthcare payment solutions, and HealthSherpa, the leading enrollment platform for individual ACA health coverage, have outpaced the industry in individual coverage health reimbursement arrangements since announcing an integration partnership in the summer of 2020. With updates to their partnership in 2022, both companies are poised to increase their ICHRA enrollments even faster. HealthSherpa, which has seen more than 10X growth in ICHRA pipeline, has enrolled more than three million individuals on its platform in just the last year. ICHRAs, which were launched at the start of 2020, allow employers to reimburse employees for individual coverage insurance premiums in place of offering them a traditional group-sponsored health plan. ICHRAs can also be used by employees to pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Organizations administering consumer-directed health benefit programs can set up an ICHRA with Alegeus, and then HealthSherpa helps ICHRA-eligible employees search for and enroll in the best on-exchange and off-exchange individual health plans. This integration bolsters the health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) experience from Alegeus and gives third-party administrators and health plans a strategy for increasing employer and employee participation in health benefit accounts. “We’re excited about the growing demand our partners have seen for ICHRA since announcing our integration partnership with HealthSherpa,” said Mark Waterstraat, chief customer officer, Alegeus. “Our joint solution is helping employers to deliver quality and cost-effective benefits quickly and efficiently to their employees. While ICHRAs can offer these through employer-defined contribution and better-fit individual coverage plans, they are still new and require a considerable amount of education and awareness. Through this partnership, our efforts are resonating, as evidenced by growing market demand.” “ICHRAs are a great option for a large and growing number of employers and their employees, and we’ve seen many of our client organizations begin reaping their benefits,” said Ross Honig, president, OCA. “Working with Alegeus and HealthSherpa has allowed OCA to market our ICHRA solution as a “one-stop” product that is seamless and easy to use for brokers, employers, and their employees.” “Millions of consumers have enrolled in health insurance through HealthSherpa and experienced the increasing appeal of individual coverage. With our new off-exchange options, employers and brokers alike have more options for employees looking to make the transition away from group-sponsored health insurance. ICHRA is changing the dynamic of the relationship between employers and employees on the critical question of health insurance, and we’re thrilled to partner with Alegeus to help employers understand the benefits and communicate them with their employees.” George Kalogeropolous, CEO, HealthSherpa Alegeus and HealthSherpa recently presented a webinar, “The (Present and) Future of ICHRAs,” showcasing how to simplify the administration of ICHRA benefits and make it easier for consumers to find the care and coverage that meets their needs. About HealthSherpa HealthSherpa builds technology that increases access to health care. We provide end-to-end solutions for consumers, insurance carriers, and agents, delivering a superior ACA marketplace experience to fulfill our mission of connecting people to health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The HealthSherpa Marketplace, our flagship health insurance enrollment platform, services more than 45,000 agents, 38 carriers, and 9 million consumers. About Alegeus With more than 25 years of growth and innovation, Alegeus is the market leader in SaaS-based benefit funding and payment solutions. Our highly flexible, white-label platform powers account-based benefit programs such as HSAs, FSAs, HRAs, COBRA, wellness incentives, lifestyle benefits and beyond. We deliver exceptional user experiences and differentiated capabilities that help our partners strengthen their product offerings, operate more efficiently, and unlock their full growth potential. Our partnerships with the industry’s leading health plans, third-party administrators, financial services and benefit solution providers give Alegeus unparalleled reach in the market, with access to more than 100 million commercially insured Americans. And our unique partnership model empowers our clients to achieve outsized results – growing their programs at a rate that is 3-4X the market, and with the highest NPS scores in the industry. We never compete with our clients in the market – we win when they win. Alegeus is headquartered in Waltham, Mass., with operations centers in Orlando and Bangalore, and a large remote workforce.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

ASG Announces Acquisition of MediMatrix, Industry Leading Mobile Healthcare Software

ASG | August 19, 2022

ASG, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors that buys and builds vertical SaaS companies, announced the acquisition of MediMatrix. MediMatrix is a mobile healthcare software business that streamlines order management, enables 1-click image sharing, and expedites reimbursements for medical providers offering mobile radiology and imaging services. “We’re excited to welcome MediMatrix into the ASG community. COVID-19 only further highlighted the criticality of mobile healthcare solutions and the importance of getting it right. Ken and the MediMatrix team have created an industry leading app that creates both better processes for its clients and better outcomes for their patients, and we're looking forward to building on that — both through organic growth and continued acquisition in mission critical healthcare software solutions.” Alice Song, President & Head of M&A at ASG MediMatrix will be led by CEO, Marvel Myrtile. “Over the last 20+ years, MediMatrix has established itself as the leading software provider in the mobile radiology space and it is evident that the patients our products serve are at the core of everything we do,” said Myrtile. “The founding team has worked tirelessly over the years to create a comprehensive platform that ensures that our customers are equipped with cutting-edge technology to reach and diagnose millions of patients. As the need for mobile healthcare continues to grow, I’m beyond excited to lead the MediMatrix team and build upon the platform to meet the needs of a quickly evolving industry.” Founder, Ken Kern will remain active in the business as Chief Technology Officer. “Our goal has always been to leverage technology to improve healthcare for patients in the long-term care industry,” said Kern. “I am excited to have found a partner in ASG that will continue to build industry leading software solutions for our customers.” About MediMatrix Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, MediMatrix is an end-to-end solution that makes running a portable radiology imaging service company much easier. The platform covers the entire process from imaging orders, to dispatching a mobile tech, sending images, and coordinating billing. This ultimately improves patient care dramatically by speeding up the process of delivering and examining medical imaging. About ASG ASG, backed by Alpine Investors, is a unique and fast-growing software business that buys and builds market-leading vertical SaaS companies. ASG believes deeply in the power of people and data to grow great organizations, and that sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources across its community of businesses drives exponential growth. Founders of leading SaaS companies continue to trust ASG to grow their businesses and build even stronger legacies for the future. About Alpine Investors Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm that is committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. Alpine specializes in investments in middle-market companies in the software and services industries. Its PeopleFirst strategy includes a talent program which allows Alpine to bring proven leadership to situations where additional or new management is needed post-transaction. Alpine is currently investing out of its $2.25 billion eighth fund.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Alexandra Clyde appointed to Sequana Medical Board of Directors

Sequana Medical NV | August 29, 2022

Sequana Medical NV a pioneer in the treatment of drug-resistant fluid overload in liver disease, heart failure and cancer, announces the appointment of Alexandra Clyde as an independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. Ms. Clyde is a highly experienced global business executive with an exceptional understanding and track record of successfully navigating health economics and reimbursement in the medical device industry. The Company also announces that Erik Amble will step down as a member of the Board of Directors after the board meeting of 7 September 2022, and will continue to attend the meetings as a board observer in a non-voting capacity. “Alex will be a critical member of our Board as Sequana Medical prepares to expand commercialization of the alfapump. Her experience from more than 25 years at Medtronic, a global leader in healthcare technology, and her understanding of healthcare systems around the world will prove invaluable as we continue to grow our business and seek to transform the care of liver disease and heart failure. On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank Erik for his tremendous contributions to the Company and we are pleased to still have him as an observer on the Board.” Pierre Chauvineau, Chairman of the Board at Sequana Medical Ms. Clyde added: “I believe that both of Sequana Medical’s programs – the alfapump® and DSR® therapy – have the potential to deliver tremendous benefit to patients and the healthcare community. In these two large and growing patient populations, liver disease and heart failure, drug-resistant fluid overload is a significant and burdensome challenge with limited effective treatment options. Sequana Medical is in an exciting position to help these patients and reduce the burden of disease. I look forward to working with the Board and management team to help the Company reach its potential.” Mr. Amble added: “At this time in the Company’s evolution, it is critically important that the Board brings expertise to help guide the Company’s commercial readiness activities in North America. With Doug and Alex now on the Board, I am confident that the Board is well positioned to guide Sequana Medical as it enters a period of potential exponential growth. It’s been a pleasure to work with Sequana Medical’s Board and management team for more than 15 years and I look forward to continuing my involvement as a Board observer.” Ms. Clyde is Senior Vice President of Global Health Economics, Policy, and Reimbursement for Medtronic plc. In this role, she leads a global function of more than 300 reimbursement and health economics professionals and provides company-wide leadership on health and payment policy. She is a member of the Duke Margolis Value-Based Payment and Innovative Technology Consortium, the Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Policy Forum, and the Advisory Board for the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center. She is a former member of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network’s Guiding Committee which is charged by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services with accelerating the health care system’s transition to alternative payment models (APMs) by combining the innovation, power, and reach of the public and private sectors. She has also participated in various Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services technical advisory councils as well as other private and public sector initiatives to improve value in health care. Alex graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Economics and from Harvard University with a M.S. in Health Policy and Management. Sequana Medical NV is a pioneer in treating drug-resistant fluid overload, a serious and frequent clinical complication in patients with liver disease, heart failure and cancer. Fluid overload is a well-recognized problem in these growing diseases, causing severe problems for the large number of patients for whom current medicines are no longer effective. These patients can have up to 15 liters of extra fluid in their bodies, causing major medical issues including increased mortality, repeated hospitalizations, severe pain, difficult breathing and restricted mobility that severely impacts daily life.

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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Concord Health Partners Adds Healthcare Veteran Brian Gragnolati as Executive Partner

Concord Health Partners | July 12, 2022

Concord Health Partners a healthcare focused investment firm, announced that Brian Gragnolati has joined as Executive Partner. Gragnolati currently serves as President and CEO of Atlantic Health System. During his tenure at Atlantic Health System, he also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association. The addition of Gragnolati as Executive Partner further expands Concord's team of healthcare sector specialists, adding the network, knowledge and insights of an experienced CEO and a nationally recognized leader in the provider industry. Gragnolati will work with James Olsen, Founder and Managing Partner, and other members of the Concord team to source new investment opportunities, support management teams and accelerate the growth of portfolio companies through commercial introductions across the Concord network of strategic relationships. "We are thrilled to add someone with Brian's experience, knowledge and expertise to Concord's executive team. We established Concord with the goal of creating lasting partnerships with strategic investors to help drive the adoption of our portfolio company technologies and solutions across a broad universe of healthcare providers and payors. Brian brings unique perspective from his roles as a health system chief executive officer and at the AHA, and has distinguished himself as a valuable partner to Concord in those roles. We look forward to leveraging his insights and network as he helps identify new opportunities and accelerate growth at our portfolio companies as Executive Partner." James Olsen, Founder and Managing Partner at Concord "In working with Concord over the years, it was clear that the Firm has developed a powerful model for healthcare investing. Concord has become a leader in identifying innovative companies and partnering with them to drive growth," said Gragnolati. "I am excited at the opportunity to work even more closely with the Concord team and their portfolio companies to help them continue to deliver solutions that lower costs, improve quality and expand access to care." Gragnolati has served as President and CEO of Atlantic Heath System since 2015, and is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the AHA. Prior to his tenure at Atlantic Health, Brian served as Senior Vice President at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He previously held executive positions at Wellspan Health, University of Vermont Medical Center and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. As a nationally respected voice in health care, Mr. Gragnolati played a key role in public relations and media communications during the COVID pandemic. He regularly appears on CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg and other media outlets to share his insight on the nation's most pressing health concerns. He has been honored by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare. He serves on the Board of Directors of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. and Lakeland Bank. Gragnolati holds a bachelor's degree in Health Systems Analysis from the University of Connecticut, an MBA from Western New England College and an Executive Leadership Certificate from the JFK School at Harvard University. About Concord Health Partners Concord Health Partners is a healthcare focused investment firm with a strategic model that optimizes the alignment of interests between investors and portfolio companies. Concord has developed a broad network of strategic investors that contribute expertise and resources, and serve as potential commercial partners to portfolio companies. Concord is primarily focused on investing in healthcare companies that have the potential to enhance the value of care through products, services, technologies and solutions that lower costs, improve quality and expand access to care.

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