SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 10/15/13 --
As it begins its search for the up-and-coming healthcare IT entrepreneurs with the potential to showcase Arizona's emergence as a global leader in health and wellness innovation, Tallwave today announced the appointment of a world-class board of advisors for its "High Tide" for Healthcare IT lean business plan startup competition. Tallwave is known for its ability to build value for startups and help them grow rapidly, while minimizing risk for entrepreneurs and their investors.
Hailing from top research institutions, global healthcare brands, well-funded start-ups and healthcare investors, the advisory board is tasked with assisting Tallwave in selecting healthcare innovations that solve immediate problems for the healthcare industry. In addition, the board will advise these entrepreneurs on best practices for building healthcare businesses from the ground up with the knowledge and culture essential to drive results in this ever changing and highly regulated sector.
"These accomplished professionals bring a wealth of experience and valuable perspective to the Tallwave High Tide for Healthcare IT program," said Donna Kent, senior vice president, Venture Development for Tallwave. "We created this advisory board and selected the participants because of their interests in providing market access through direct customer and partner relationships, potentially acquiring the companies that appeal to a specific need they have, or even co-investing in promising technologies they discover through the program. Our advisors provide invaluable subject matter expertise and potential commercial opportunities to the entrepreneurs. This is a hallmark to our program and what sets High Tide apart from basic pitch and mentor programs."
The members of the board of advisors include:
Susan Cordts, Senior Vice President, Traditional Care, Curo Healthcare Solutions - A 2010 recipient of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Private Sector Award, Susan has over 25 years of experience in healthcare management including ten years as CEO of Adaptive Technologies. In her current role at Curo Healthcare Solutions, she assists in directing a significant amount of resources towards geriatric services and end-of-life care.
David Higginson, CIO, Phoenix Children's Hospital - In addition to directing information technology at large children's hospitals for over 15 years, David is a nationally recognized innovator and entrepreneur having developed and implemented over 600 systems in healthcare entities and started a successful for-profit software company which currently markets over 20 products in the Meditech and Lawson community. David is an active member of national Children's Hospital Association (CHA) and sits on several state committees for health information exchange and standards development.