InfiniteMD Launches Clinical Education Programs for International Healthcare Professionals at Mayo Clinic

InfiniteMD is excited to announce the launch of its Clinical Education Programs to help international healthcare professionals customize educational and executive healthcare courses with US health systems and clinical centers of excellence. This August, a group of nursing professionals, from hospitals in Shanghai and Shandong, China, visited Mayo Clinic’s Main Campus located in Rochester, Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic is consistently named one of the best hospital systems in the US by US News and World Report. Mayo Clinic has been included in the rankings for the fourth year in a row. This year, Mayo ranked #1 in the Worldwide Hospital Rankings. Mayo also achieved Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which represents the highest quality of nursing in the US.

InfiniteMD curated a five-day customized education program consisting of two parts: a two-day nursing symposium hosted by Mayo and a customized three-day program designed and delivered in conjunction with Mayo’s leading nursing department.

The program was also able to allow the visiting nurse professionals an extended tour of Mayo’s leading clinical centers and departments. Examples include the Cancer Center and Proton Beam Therapy Facility, tours of in-patient and surgical facilities, and even Mayo’s air ambulance service. This program not only provided visiting health professionals the ability to gain a cohesive understanding of Mayo’s integrated model of health care delivery, but also paves the path for InfiniteMD to continue to develop educational programs for global health professionals.

Christopher Lee, PhD and Co-Founder of InfiniteMD, Featured Delegate at the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Congress

Christopher Lee, PhD, was invited to represent InfiniteMD at the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Congress, hosted this year in Manama, Bahrain. The weeklong event brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 170 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world. At the GEC, delegates make connections, gain insights, learn about new research, and leave ready to renew their programs, policy ideas, and firm founder skills.

Lee was a featured speaker and panelist regarding the topic of Technology for Social Good: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. Lee’s expertise in the use of digital health technologies for social applications was featured as a part of the discussions. Lee contributed to his co-panelists with discussion topics around healthcare access and the convergence of digital technologies

“I feel honored to be a part of the GEC this year. There are so many diverse perspectives and ideas about how we can foster and grow startups that will impact world for the better,” said Lee. “With my personal involvement in telemedicine, I continue to believe in the possibility to democratize global access to the best medical advice in the world. It was a privilege to share with peers and other leaders at this intersection of technology, healthcare, and entrepreneurship.”

Lee is part of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community, a worldwide network of ‘hubs’ led by young people with a drive to make contributions to their communities. Additionally, he has personally led, assisted, and planned dozens of events around the world to foster healthcare entrepreneurship and design thinking, serving formerly a Co-Director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Hacking Medicine, and has been a featured speaker at venues such as SXSW and BIO International Convention.

InfiniteMD Partners with The GCS Project to Provide Expert Access to Women Diagnosed with Gynecological Carcinosarcoma

The GCS Project is the latest patient advocacy organization to partner with InfiniteMD to offer access to top clinical expertise for women affected by  gynecological carcinosarcoma (GCS),  a rare cancer also known as malignant mixed Müllerian tumor (MMMT). Patients will be able to connect with Dr. Michael Birrer, a leading expert in this field. Dr. Birrer serves as a Research Partner with The GSC Project. Dr. Birrer is also the Director of the University of Alabama Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“The GCS Project is very pleased and proud to partner with InfiniteMD to help women diagnosed with GCS (MMMT) and their families who are seeking world-class medical advice. Through InfiniteMD, our website now offers access to Dr. Michael Birrer, a leading expert in this rare cancer. The GCS Project’s founder, my late wife Diane Redington, encouraged women diagnosed with GCS (MMMT) to seek second opinions and the best treatment options. Her mission continues to be fulfilled with our InfiniteMD partnership,” Roy Buchta, Treasurer of the GCS Project.

The Expert Access program for second opinions with Dr. Birrer will be available starting March 2019. Using InfiniteMD’s HIPAA-compliant platform, patients from around the world will be able to request a full review of their medical records, consult on a treatment plan, ask questions live over video, and receive a written report on their case.

We look forward to supporting The GCS Project’s mission to connect patients to post-diagnosis resources when they need them most.

Dr. Melanie Liu Joins InfiniteMD’s Executive Team as SVP and General Manager of China Office

InfiniteMD is pleased to welcome Dr. Melanie Liu as Senior Vice President of InfiniteMD and General Manager of InfiniteMD China. Dr. Liu received her medical degree from Peking Union Medical College and her PhD from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She is ECFMG certified in the US.

Before joining InfiniteMD, Dr. Liu co-founded CYCARES, the international branch of China’s largest online physician-to-patient interaction platform that provides personalized healthcare consulting services. Their consulting services were also accessible via the Chunyu Yisheng smartphone app, considered to be China’s version of Doctor On Demand in the US.

Dr. Liu also served as Vice President of Medicine and Business Development for HM Best, Mayo Clinic’s joint venture in China.

“Over the past several years, the healthcare industries in both the US and China have faced unprecedented changes,” said Dr. Liu. “I believe bi-directional communication between Chinese and US physicians and administrators will bring mutual benefits to both parties as we address aging populations, payer constraints, and the implementation of new technology to meet these challenges.”

Under Dr. Liu’s leadership, InfiniteMD China will further extend collaborations with Chinese corporations, hospitals, and medical professionals as well as forge new partnerships.

Maria Kingston Appointed as Vice President of InfiniteMD’s Provider Networks

InfiniteMD is very pleased to announce that Maria Kingston will be leading the growth and expansion of our Provider Networks, comprised of the nation’s top specialists. She brings with her 15 years of experience working across the Boston healthcare ecosystem in both international healthcare and insurance, while forming deep connections at Harvard-affiliated clinical institutions.

She has been involved with InfiniteMD since late 2017, serving initially as a Strategic Advisor. Previously, she served as Senior Manager with Partners HealthCare International, where she led the establishment of referral programs, and earlier, at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she managed the Proton Center.

“Each year thousands of patients come to Boston from around the world for specialized medical care. I am passionate about InfiniteMD’s mission to help patients with complex medical needs get the advice they need as efficiently and comfortably as possible, regardless of their location or native language,” said Kingston.

“I am excited to help grow our network of the world’s top experts in medicine and ensure our providers have the best experience as our partners.”

Babak Movassaghi, PhD, MBA and Co-Founder, to Lead as CEO for InfiniteMD’s Domestic Expansion

Babak Movassaghi, PhD, MBA, has been appointed CEO of InfiniteMD and will be instrumental in the leadership of new U.S.-based verticals. These initiatives include a focus on large employers with global employee populations, pharmaceutical partners designing new digital health programs, and health systems seeking to implement InfiniteMD’s platform to offer their own expert second opinion services. He co-founded InfiniteMD in 2017, initially serving as President and helping the company raise its Series A round. 

Movassaghi brings with him extensive experience in the healthcare technology space, previously serving as the VP of Innovation & New Ventures and the General Manager of the Boston Innovation Center for Flex ($26B NASDAQ: FLEX), where he operated a $12M annual P&L and generated a manufacturing pull-through of over $120M within the first year. At Flex, he established partnerships with major corporations and organizations including Amazon Robotics, Amgen, MassRobotics, Lab Central, Booz Allen Hamilton, Liberty Mutual, GE Ventures, and the U.S. Department of Defense.  Movassaghi also oversaw Flex’s corporate venture arm, evaluating and funding mid-stage technology and IP-driven startups.

Earlier, during his time at Philips Healthcare, Movassaghi invented and prototyped three methods for the treatment of coronary arterial disease that are currently generating $170+M in sales: Allura XperSwingTM, 3D CA, and Stent Boost. He was awarded Philips’ innovation prize and was recognized among the top 2% of talent within the company through his appointment to the Philips Leadership Program for High-Potentials.

Most recently, he served as COO of 2nd.MD, one of the leading medical second opinion telehealth companies in the US, where he was responsible for the clinical and IT operations. 

 “After success internationally and the rapid growth of our exceptional provider network, opportunities have been finding us in the domestic market and we believe there is ample opportunity for us to capitalize on new partnerships,” said Movassaghi. “Our new cloud-based case management solution is also coming early next year and offers an attractive platform for both hospitals and pharmaceutical partners to facilitate innovative programs and consumer outreach.”

Movassaghi holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Utrecht University, a MSc in Theoretical Physics from the University of Dusseldorf, and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He played football professionally in the NFL and NFL Europe. He is the inventor/co-inventor of over 40 patents, 3 published books, and 40+ peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Liz Kwo, also co-founder of InfiniteMD, is transitioning to the role of Chief Medical Officer from CEO, and has recently been awarded the Harvard Medical School’s Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Sciences. She continues to practice internal medicine within the Cambridge Health Alliance as well. 

The Argus Group Rolls Out Virtual Expert Opinions Powered by InfiniteMD, Serving Residents of Bermuda

InfiniteMD is excited to announce our newest partnership with ARGUS and One Team Health to provide residents of Bermuda with access to virtual second opinions. Members will now be able to request an expert second opinion with top U.S. physicians as part of their covered benefits. InfiniteMD was selected based on our capabilities in serving international patients, as well as the ability to deliver live, secure video consultations within 5 days of receiving relevant medical records. Access to expert advice will aid members in making informed choices before deciding to travel for surgery and other medical procedures not otherwise available on Bermuda.

The Argus Group is a market leader in insurance and financial services, with offices in Bermuda, Malta, and Gibraltar. The Argus Group is the #1 Provider for Employee Benefits solutions in Bermuda.

One Team Health (OTH), based in Canada, is a one-stop solution for all managed care needs. OTH excels at medical case management, network administration, 24/7 worldwide medical assistance, and complex claims processing.

To learn more this collaboration and how to request a virtual expert opinion, please click here.

Dr. Liz Kwo, MPH and CEO of InfiniteMD, Participates on “Stanford in Healthcare” Panel

Dr. Liz Kwo was invited to join executives from Google Ventures, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and other industry leaders to discuss the promise that innovation presents for the future of healthcare.

Held at Massachusetts General Hospital and sponsored by Stanford University, the panel opened with what inspired them to pursue non-traditional medical careers. Kwo shared her passion for utilizing emergent technology to overcome geographical barriers in accessing specialty second opinions, an all too present challenge for patients that receive a life-changing diagnosis.

“InfiniteMD was founded on the premise that healthcare expertise should not be limited by geography. We would like top physicians to see patients from around the world. With the strength of telemedicine, our company matches patients with the best doctors to answer important health questions about their disease. “

She also emphasized the importance of creating a strong consumer experience within the cross-cultural element of this telemedicine model. “Our integrated online platform seamlessly manages medical record collection, translations of records, the pairing of doctors, and supports interpretations during video consultations. Our team is a devoted group of innovators and creatives that focuses on how anticipate our international patients’ needs every step of the way.”

Other panelists include Krishna Yeshwant, Partner at Google Ventures; Joe Kimura, CMO at Atrius Health; David Bates, Chief of Internal Medicine/Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Lisa Rosenbaum, National Correspondent at New England Journalism of Medicine. Learn more about the panelists here.

Liz Kwo holds an MD, MPH, and MBA from Harvard University. She received her B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford.

Amanda Wood, MBA Joins InfiniteMD as Vice President of Marketing and Communications

InfiniteMD is excited to announce Amanda Wood, MBA, will be leading Marketing and Communications as the company grows domestically. She brings with her intensive experience in the telehealth industry, having driven both B2B efforts and led go-to-market strategy for some of the nation’s top health plans, employers, and hospitals.

She was previously with American Well, a leader in the enterprise telehealth landscape, where she helped institutions like Massachusetts General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and payers like Anthem Inc., deploy their telehealth programs across a number of regions and clinical use cases. She also helped launch American Well’s first direct-to-consumer mobile app, AmWell, and, their Health Kiosk, a virtual onsite clinic for employers. Wood has expertise in building awareness and utilization amongst consumers and providers, and enjoys helping partners design and grow their unique digital health programs. She has also spent time on the healthcare brokerage side, managing large employer accounts at Northwestern Mutual and building custom campaigns to engage and educate employees on their benefit packages.

“I love bringing innovative products and services to market, as well as helping partners successfully launch their own digital health programs based on best practices I have picked up along the way,” said Wood. “InfiniteMD is expanding access in the virtual second opinion market in a way that is both global and inclusive. I’m excited to support our product and partner marketing efforts.”

Wood received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of San Diego. She later received her MBA from Chapman University, where she concentrated on Entrepreneurial Studies with a focus on healthcare. She completed a cross-cultural program in Scandinavia where she authored a thesis on the approval and reimbursement process in single-payer markets for new therapies. She has also completed Executive Education programs in marketing, prototyping, and fostering creativity at Harvard Business School.

United Family Healthcare and InfiniteMD Announce Strategic Partnership

United Family Healthcare and InfiniteMD have announced a strategic partnership to establish continuity of care for international patients and continuing medical education for physicians in China.

Starting in April 2018, the “International Consultation and Virtual Second Opinion Services Program” will offer UFH patients access to expert physicians from Harvard-affiliated and Top 20 medical institutions across the United States using InfiniteMD’s HIPAA-compliant, video-enabled platform.

This program is the first to provide access to Chinese patients seeking remote virtual opinions, internationally. The UFH and InfiniteMD partnership will support collaborative patient education by offering clinical guidance from leading U.S. specialists in the presence of their existing UFH treating providers. A central benefit of this program is reducing unnecessary international patient travel to the U.S. — especially in cases where it is not needed, cost-prohibitive, or not feasible for health reasons.

“We are excited to launch a program where Chinese patients can now directly have an expert physician from a top US clinical institution weigh in on treatment, diagnostics, and examination, knowing that an expert UFH physician is present to participate,” said Babak Movassaghi, PhD, MBA and Co-Founder of InfiniteMD. “Both UFH and InfiniteMD see this program as a means to significantly improve patient outcomes while providing valuable guidance and peace of mind for patients facing complex medical and treatment decisions.”

This strategic partnership will also facilitate Continuing Medical Education (CME) lectures at UFH. Movassaghi also notes, “UFH is very committed to providing the highest care to their patients, and we can readily offer CME through the InfiniteMD platform to provide UFH with ongoing education via remote lectures by top experts. Through this strategic partnership, the InfiniteMD platform can not only enable access for patients, but also education for physicians.” As of early 2018, UFH and InfiniteMD have already completed a CME lecture series.

Other notable features offered to patients in the International Consultation and Virtual Second Opinion Services Program include fast turnaround times of 5 days, clinically-trained interpreters to facilitate expert consultations, and multidisciplinary physician access for complex patient cases where a team of U.S-based specialists can collaborate live over video on a case.

About United Family Healthcare

United Family Healthcare is the premier private hospital network in China. UFH was founded by Roberta Lipson, a highly regarded healthcare expert in the Chinese medical sector.  Their Beijing location was the first foreign-backed hospital to open in China. The UFH System has over 19 comprehensive hospitals and satellite clinics throughout China and Mongolia. In 2014, UFH was acquired by Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group.