New Digital Health Company Expects To Launch First Pilot Programs This Year
Quil, the healthcare joint venture from Independence Health Group (Independence) and Comcast, announced the appointment of Carina Edwards as CEO. Edwards will lead the new digital health company’s efforts to provide patients and their caregivers personalized content and information related to specific healthcare journeys.
Since formation in April 2018, Quil has successfully built out its cloud-based platform, which is expected to be accessible nationally, across multiple distribution channels and devices. The company plans to launch their first pilot programs with patients later this year.
“Providing the right information at the right time in a healthcare journey can play a huge role in improving patient outcomes by bridging the information gap that exists today in healthcare,” said Edwards. “Our ambition is for Quil to empower and educate patients and caregivers by providing personalized and actionable resources, in part to help answer the question ‘what happens next’ and to enable them to become the healthiest version of themselves.”
A leader with a history of success in creating new products and transforming organizations to meet their financial goals, Edwards most recently served as Senior Vice President of Customer Experience and Corporate Development for Imprivata, a leading health care information technology company based in Lexington, Mass. At Imprivata, she built an award-winning customer experience organization resulting in 99 percent customer retention. Prior to joining Imprivata, Edwards held executive positions at other leading healthcare technology companies, including Nuance, Zynx Health, and Philips Healthcare.
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“In our search for a CEO for Quil, we looked for an experienced, proven leader with a strong understanding of the healthcare industry, particularly the provider side. We are fortunate that we found all of these things and more in Carina Edwards,” said Daniel J. Hilferty, Independence CEO. “I know that the Quil team and the company’s clients across the United States will quickly recognize Carina’s intelligence, passion, and deep commitment to customers.”
In 2019, Edwards was named one of the “Female Health IT Leaders to Know” by Becker’s Healthcare. Since 2016, she has served as a board member for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the professional organization for chief information officers and other senior IT leaders. She earned a bachelor’s in Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences from George Mason University, and an MBA from Boston College.
“Carina has the right mix of deep industry experience and growth management acumen to take Quil to the next level in its evolution,” said Don Mathis, General Manager of Growth, Comcast Strategic Development. “She is an entrepreneur and a leader, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with her.”
Quil has benefited from the commitment of two national leaders in healthcare and technology. Independence has a long history of innovation and dedication to the consumer experience, while tackling difficult healthcare challenges through partnerships and investments in scalable, high-impact healthcare ventures. As one of the world’s leading media and technology companies, Comcast brings substantial technology, communications, and media capabilities that the Quil team is leveraging to better serve patients.
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