Cardinal Health | September 07, 2022
Cardinal Health announced initiatives aimed at positioning the Company for long-term success, building on Cardinal Health's previously announced growth plans. These initiatives have benefited from input received from Elliott Investment Management L.P. In connection with these initiatives, Elliott has also entered into a cooperation agreement with Cardinal Health, and Elliott's Steven Barg will join the Company's Board of Directors.
As part of Cardinal Health's ongoing commitment to Board refreshment and the initiatives announced today, the Governance and Sustainability Committee of the Board has recommended and the Board has approved the appointment of four new independent directors: Steven Barg, Michelle Brennan, Sujatha Chandrasekaran and Christine Mundkur. With these immediate appointments, Cardinal Health's Board will be made up of 15 Directors, 14 of whom are independent under the Company's director independence standards. Two existing Directors – Dean Scarborough and John Weiland – have announced their intentions to conclude their Board service at the end of their previously elected terms this fall and will not stand for re-election at Cardinal Health's 2022 Annual Meeting, resulting in a 13-member Board. Following the Annual Meeting, Cardinal Health's Board will consist of 54% women and 23% racially or ethnically diverse individuals.
Cardinal Health's Board has also formed a new Board committee, the Business Review Committee, to support a comprehensive review of the Company's strategy, portfolio, capital-allocation framework, and operations with the goal of maximizing Cardinal Health's potential for the benefit of all stakeholders. The Business Review Committee will be chaired by Chief Executive Officer Jason Hollar; Mr. Barg and Akhil Johri will also serve on the Committee. The Committee, with the assistance of the Company's legal and financial advisors, will make recommendations to the full Board. The Company expects to conduct an investor day in the first half of calendar 2023 to share the Board's conclusions and to provide additional guidance.
"We'd like to thank Dean and John for their service to the Board. We're grateful for their leadership and contributions and wish them both the very best. We're pleased to welcome Steven, Michelle, Sujatha and Christine to the Board and believe the Company and our many stakeholders will benefit from their mix of experience, skills and leadership. We are also pleased with Elliott's confidence in, and commitment to, the go-forward long-term potential of Cardinal Health. Our Board looks forward to receiving the recommendations of the Business Review Committee and updating the market in due course, as Jason and his leadership team chart a path to deliver upon our mission for our customers and employees and drive value creation for our shareholders."
Gregory Kenny, Independent Chairman of the Board of Cardinal Health
"Cardinal Health's leadership team is focused on creating value for all our stakeholders, and the newly initiated Business Review Committee, as well as the new expertise and experience being added to our Board, are critical steps in this process," said Mr. Hollar, Cardinal Health's Chief Executive Officer. "I look forward to working with the Board, including our four new directors, to optimize our strategy, structure, and operations as we position Cardinal Health for long-term success."
Elliott Senior Portfolio Manager Marc Steinberg said, "Our discussions with Jason and the Board have been positive and productive, and we are pleased to have worked collaboratively to reach this agreement. Cardinal Health plays a mission-critical, market-leading role in the global healthcare system, and we have been encouraged by the Company's openness to taking actions necessary to ensuring that Cardinal Health realizes its full potential. We are confident that the initiatives announced today will drive meaningful shareholder value creation, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Company."
Michelle Brennan is Chair of Connect Healthcare Council for Pioneering Collective and serves on the Board of Coupa Software. Ms. Brennan spent more than 30 years at Johnson & Johnson, a leader in the field of medical devices, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods, where she focused on driving growth, optimization and business transformation across diverse businesses and geographies. Most recently, Ms. Brennan served as the Global Value Creation Leader for Johnson & Johnson and as a member of the company's Medical Device Executive Leadership Team responsible for the division's value creation through cost management initiatives. Prior to that, Ms. Brennan held a number of positions at Johnson & Johnson, including Company Group Chair, Medical Devices (EMEA); President, Enterprise Standards & Productivity; Worldwide President, Ethicon Energy; as well as a variety of sales and marketing positions for other Johnson & Johnson divisions. Throughout her time at Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Brennan held significant board roles for the company, including Chairman of the Board for Medtech Europe Trading Association. She was previously a member of the UK's Office of Life Sciences Council and Chairman of the Council's Health Technology Partnership Committee.
Ms. Brennan holds a B.S. from the University of Kansas.
Sujatha Chandrasekaran, also known as Suja, is an advisor and independent consultant in the research and technology sectors. She currently serves on the Board of American Eagle Outfitters as well as private companies including Agendia, a molecular diagnostics company, and Blume Global, a digital supply chain platform company. Ms. Chandrasekaran has more than 25 years of experience in technology and leadership roles across the healthcare, consumer packaged goods and retail industries. Most recently, Ms. Chandrasekaran was Senior EVP & Chief Digital and Information Officer at CommonSpirit Health, one of the largest non-profit health systems in the US. Prior to that, she held a number of senior executive roles at several Fortune 500 multinational companies, including Global Chief Information Officer for Kimberly-Clark; SVP, Global Chief Technology and Data Officer for Walmart; as well as a number of C-level roles at The Timberland Company, PepsiCo and Nestlé SA. Ms. Chandrasekaran has a strong track record of delivering significant value to customers and organizations by leading global technology, supply chain and digital transformation initiatives. In 2022, Ms. Chandrasekaran was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare. She was previously a Director of Symphony Technology Group and a Director of Barry Callebaut AG as well as a Member of Advisory Board at Atmio Inc.
Ms. Chandrasekaran holds an Executive Development Education Certificate from London Business School; a Master of Business Systems/M.B.A. from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia; and a B.Eng. from the University of Madras, India.
Christine Mundkur most recently served as Chief Executive Officer and Non-Voting Chairman of the Board of Directors for Impopharma Inc, a developer of complex formulations focused on inhalation pharmaceutical products. Ms. Mundkur currently serves on the Boards of Lupin Limited and MannKind Corporation. While at Impopharma, she led the transition of the company from a successful clinical research organization into a generic pharmaceutical inhalation development company. She also held leadership positions as President and Chief Executive Officer for North America for Sandoz, Inc. Earlier, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Barr Laboratories, Inc. Ms. Mundkur started her career at Barr as quality and regulatory counsel. In addition, she served as a strategic advisor to clients on generics, 505(b)2, biosimilars and NDA business strategies.
Ms. Mundkur holds a J.D. from the St. Louis University School of Law and a B.S. from St. Louis University.
About Cardinal Health
Cardinal Health is a distributor of pharmaceuticals, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical and laboratory products, and a provider of performance and data solutions for health care facilities. With 50 years in business, operations in more than 30 countries and approximately 44,000 employees globally, Cardinal Health is essential to care.
AESOP TECHNOLOGY | August 23, 2022
AESOP Technology announced that they have been accepted into Mayo Clinic Platform Accelerate, a 20-week program that helps early-stage health tech AI startups get market-ready.
Participants are selected through a competitive screening process where a panel of Mayo Clinic leaders reviews them from the clinical and operational perspective, led by John Halamka, MD., President of Mayo Clinic Platform.
"It's an excellent opportunity for a medical AI startup like us. Data is the fuel from which everything grows into power, and this program provides de-identified patient datasets and tools to help us validate our solutions. This practical experience will help us go even further in developing better products. The fact that we get to be mentored by Mayo Clinic's reputable experts is inspiring."
Jeremiah Scholl, the CPO of AESOP Technology
'AESOP', which stands for 'AI-Enhanced Safety of Prescription', is working to make physician data entry easier, faster, and less error-prone using machine learning on 3.2 billion data sets. The company has developed products capable of this. One is RxPrime which detects wrong drug errors by checking if medications match patients' diagnoses, age, and gender.
Errors can happen at any stage of the medication-use process, but more than 50% of them occur during the prescribing phase. RxPrime is able to detect potential and unexplained errors in prescriptions and provide optimal recommendations, even for the look-alike-sound-alike medication errors. It offers just-in-time decision support without interfering unnecessarily with the clinical consultation process.
The other is AESOP Technology's latest clinical documentation improvement tool, DxPrime, making it easier for doctors to input correct diagnoses into electronic health record systems. This task can be challenging as there are 68,000 different diagnosis codes under the International Classification of Diseases. The ICD codes were designed to support insurance and billing rather than clinical medicine.
"Medical professionals are more overwhelmed with their workload after the pandemic. How AI can support them gains more importance," says Jim Long, the CEO of AESOP Technology. "AI is transforming the healthcare industry in a variety of ways, like any other industry. Healthcare has unique challenges, and this program will help us be more grounded."
As a participant of the Mayo Clinic Platform_Accelerate, AESOP Technology is glad to expose themselves to real-world applications, which helps cultivate future growth in this rapidly progressing field. As part of the program, Mayo Clinic will take an equity position in the startup.
About AESOP Technology
AESOP aims to optimize the clinical decision support process with more flexible AI-powered technology to improve patient safety and medical coding quality.
Addison Group | July 11, 2022
Addison Group a national leader in professional services specializing in talent solutions and consulting services, announced the acquisition of Harmony Healthcare a human capital management company providing a diverse range of non-clinical healthcare workforce and consulting solutions nationwide.
With healthcare as the third-largest industry in the U.S., this investment comes amid high demands and a continued shortage of non-clinical healthcare workers. Addison and Harmony's combined 28 years of experience in non-clinical healthcare workforce solutions enable health organizations to thrive in an ever-changing environment. The acquisition furthers Addison's position as a national leader in non-clinical healthcare talent resources, recruiting, and consulting services, and Addison's ongoing expansion strategy through organic growth and acquisitions of forward-thinking specialized firms that prioritize client and employee satisfaction.
"Addison's consistent growth trajectory is due to our keen understanding of market trends and finding the right solutions for our client's business challenges. As the healthcare industry continues to navigate significant shifts, many organizations are still grappling with talent shortages, cyberattacks, and the rising cost of health services. Our ongoing investment in non-clinical healthcare workforce solutions provides our clients with innovative, accessible, and value-based health system resources. Together with Harmony, we will continue to empower our shared client base with enhanced consultant services within health information technology, reimbursement, and population health."
Thomas Moran, CEO of Addison Group
"Addison's consultative approach and expansive network of professionals will accelerate our abilities to meet customer demands nationally. Addison's culture focuses on People First, and the vast range of offerings provides our employees and consultants with added career opportunities. We are excited to partner with Addison as we continue our mission to empower healthcare organizations with quality solutions that optimize financial and clinical outcomes while enabling change management required to navigate the rapidly shifting healthcare landscape," said Brandon Martin, President of Harmony Healthcare.
Harmony Healthcare will continue to maintain its headquarters in Tampa, Florida. The company's executives and the team will retain their roles with a continued focus on expanding their organization.
About Addison Group
Addison Group is a leading professional services firm specializing in talent solutions and consulting. Addison Group delivers companies' expertise and talent to achieve and sustain business growth. We offer a full suite of consulting and recruiting capabilities across multiple sectors, including information technology, finance and accounting, non-clinical healthcare, human resources, administrative, and digital marketing. With a growing network of companies, offices across the United States, and deep relationships in regional and local markets, Addison Group is one of the top talent solutions and consulting companies in the US, providing industry-leading expertise with a national reach and a localized touch. Founded in 1999, Addison Group has been repeatedly recognized by the media as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, Forbes' Top 200 America's Best Professional and Specialist Search Firms, America's Best Recruiters and Executive Search Firms, and America's Best Temporary Staffing Firms, SIA Top 100 Staffing Bold Leaders, Inc. Best 100 Places to Work, and Best of Staffing® by ClearlyRated.
About Harmony Healthcare
Harmony Healthcare, a human capital management company, provides a diverse range of non-clinical staffing and consulting solutions to healthcare organizations nationwide. Harmony Healthcare delivers quality solutions to empower healthcare organization success, enhance clinical and financial outcomes, and enable the transition to value-based healthcare. Harmony Healthcare is a trusted partner to over 300 clients, including 11 of the top 15 largest health systems in the nation, major academic health centers, hospitals, physician practices, payers, 9 of the 15 largest CPA firms, and the federal government. Founded in 2010, Harmony Healthcare is a proud member of several prestigious professional health organizations including ACDIS, HFMA, AHIMA, NCAR, NAHRI, AAHAM, NAHAM, ACHE, AHDI, ACMA, NAHQ, CMSA, and ASHRM.
HeartBeam, Inc. | August 17, 2022
HeartBeam, Inc. a developmental stage digital healthcare company with a proprietary ECG telemedicine technology for heart attack detection, announced it has submitted a 510(k) application to the US Food and Drug Administration for its HeartBeam AIMI™ platform technology for use in diagnosing heart attacks.
“The 510(k) submission of our first product, based on our platform technology, is an important milestone toward commercialization and underscores our continued progress toward making the HeartBeam AIMI platform widely available to help Emergency Department physicians correctly and expeditiously diagnose patients with chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack. I am proud of the HeartBeam team for their commitment to achieving this critical step in bringing the Company’s technology to market. We look forward to working through the FDA review process toward our goal of clearance for the US market.”
Branislav Vajdic, PhD, HeartBeam CEO and founder
The HeartBeam AIMI platform technology is anticipated to assist health care professionals in identifying patients who present with chest pain to facilitate rapid detection of a heart attack and determine an appropriate treatment regimen. Chest pain is the second most common reason for an emergency department visit with high costs associated with these visits. The goal of HeartBeam’s technology is to offer more accurate heart attack detection to triage patients and expedite treatment.
HeartBeam AIMI is software as a medical device with a 510(K) regulatory pathway. The HeartBeam algorithm used in an emergency department setting slots into existing physician workflow, leverages existing 12-lead ECG hardware and provides the attending physician with an instant comparison of the patient’s baseline and symptomatic ECG for their consideration in the patient’s diagnosis. This will allow physicians to quickly determine if a patient needs intervention or can be discharged which helps manage patient flow.
Jon Hunt, PhD, HeartBeam Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, added, “Our FDA approval process doesn’t require any human or animal trials, so there is good reason to believe that we will receive FDA clearance for a limited market release by end of 2022 and full commercial roll-out in Q1 2023. While the FDA conducts its regulatory review, our team will focus on executing key components of its commercialization plan and subscription revenue model. We continue to engage in positive discussions with strategic institutions, including academic centers, regional healthcare systems and regional community hospital systems that can utilize our products. We look forward to approval and offering our HeartBeam AIMI platform in an expected $500 million total addressable market.”
About HeartBeam, Inc.
HeartBeam, Inc. is a development stage digital healthcare company with proprietary ECG telemedicine technology that will redefine the way high risk cardiovascular patients are diagnosed in an ambulatory setting at any time and any place. Its breakthrough solution employs a reusable, credit card sized, 3D vector ECG recording device and cloud-based software capable of assisting a physician in diagnosing a wide range of cardiovascular disease. HeartBeam is initially focusing on a huge unmet need of helping diagnose heart attacks in patients outside of a medical institution. No single lead ECG technology can offer this value to patients and their physicians. This underserved market is several times larger than the cardiac arrhythmia detection market based on the prevalence of patients with coronary artery disease at high risk of heart attack.