Solera Health said today that former U.S. Health & Human Services Dept. head Kathleen Sebelius joined its health advisory board.
The Phoenix-based technology platform is designed to unite patients and physicians with non-clinical healthcare providers such as community organizations and national programs. Solera contracts with health plans to bring chronic disease prevention programs, such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Diabetes Prevention Program, to its member base.
The announcement comes a few months after Solera raised $4 million in a Series A1 round for the diabetes platform.
Sebelius served as the 24th HHS secretary from 2009 to 2014 under President Barack Obama, helping to pass and implement the Affordable Care Act. In 2011, she was named 1 of the 100 most influential people in the world by Forbes magazine. She also served as the governor of Kansas and spent 4 terms in the Kansas state legislature.
“I am excited to partner with Solera Health on fulfilling its important mission to make chronic disease prevention more affordable, accessible and efficient,” Sebelius said in prepared remarks. “The company offers a uniquely scalable model for delivering chronic disease management programs to Americans nationwide. By integrating the diverse ecosystem of community and digital DPP [Diabetes Prevention Program] providers to support member choice and ease of referral, and also managing the compliance, data privacy and security requirements proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Solera is bridging the gap among Medicare patients who qualify for the DPP, health plans that want to offer it, and the thousand plus community, national and digital DPP providers currently delivering the program.”
“We are honored to welcome Kathleen Sebelius to the Solera advisory board,” added CEO Brenda Schmidt. “Her deep commitment to public health and her rich experience with and understanding of health care issues is unparalleled, and we look forward to learning and growing from her counsel and guidance.”