NOVEMBER 1, 2015 – DURHAM, North Carolina – TouchCare welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors, former U.S. Senator Joseph Robert “Bob” Kerrey and Brad Wilson, the president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The two appointments add invaluable experience to the Durham-based mobile health care startup.
TouchCare was founded in 2014 with a simple vision: create the mobile health app where consumers connect to and engage with their own health care providers. The company’s telemedicine app enables convenient, HIPAA-compliant virtual video appointments that can be used within existing doctor-patient relationships. It focuses on maintaining continuity of care by connecting patients to their own physicians who already know their medical history, have earned their trust and are familiar with other medical resources in their market — all of which are shown to greatly improve medical outcomes.
TouchCare also enables peer-to-peer video calls allowing providers to talk face-to-face privately with another doctor, or sit alongside their patient to present their case to a specialist anywhere in the world using the app. The feature expedites connecting specialists while maintaining care continuity.
“Senator Bob Kerrey and Brad Wilson will provide tremendous insight as both government regulation and health care transformation continue to play an important role in the future of telemedicine,” said Damian Gilbert, TouchCare’s founder and CEO. “Both men bring unique perspective and proven strategic leadership that will be instrumental in helping us continue to reach our mission: making TouchCare the mobile health app where consumers connect to and engage with their own health care providers. We are grateful for their desire to serve on TouchCare’s Board and I am confident they will have a significant impact.”
Senator Kerrey is a Managing Director at Allen & Company, and a Board Director of Tenet Health. He is a former member of the elite Navy SEALs, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He served as the 35th Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and as the U.S. Senator for Nebraska from 1989 to 2001. His political work has earned him national recognition as an advocate for educational technology, fiscal responsibility and health care reform.
“We must modernize health care and provide patients with the tools necessary to best access the highest quality care,” said Senator Kerrey. “We need mobile health options that preserve existing doctor-patient relationships. TouchCare does just that — empowering consumers with an effective, secure, and convenient alternative to some in-office visits. I look forward to working with the company as a member of the Board and helping change the way Americans receive care.”
Wilson, who started his career practicing law and later served as general counsel to North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, joined BCBSNC in 1995. He held a range of senior-level positions before taking on leadership of the organization in 2010. He currently serves as a director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, BCS Financial Corporation and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. As president and CEO of the state’s largest health insurer, with 3.8 million customers, Wilson is dedicated to improving North Carolina’s health care system, making health care more affordable, and helping BCBSNC adapt in a changing health care environment.
“Mobile technology is rapidly changing the way consumers connect to and engage with health care,” Wilson said. “What is difficult for consumers today is the ability to conduct a video appointment with their own provider, in a multitude of use cases. TouchCare’s platform provides an extremely easy way for any provider to offer video appointments to their own patients, using their everyday mobile device, while encouraging and supporting the all-important physician-patient relationship so critical for long term care. Our goal is to make care accessible, affordable and appropriate for all our stakeholders in North Carolina, and taking an active role in guiding TouchCare’s development will help us develop this important market segment.”
The TouchCare app is a free and easy to use solution for any health care provider – from solo practitioners to large clinics or hospitals to improve the quality of care, save time and money, and improve patient satisfaction. Get the TouchCare app with a simple download from the App Store and Google Play, and learn more at: www.touchcare.com.
TouchCare is simplifying health care and creating a personalized network of patients, providers and institutions. This robust telemedicine solution connects patients to the doctors they know and trust through secure, face-to-face video calls via smartphones or tablets. Some of America’s leading medical centers are already using TouchCare to strengthen relationships and reduce costs. For more information, visit: www.touchcare.com.