COVID-19 has forced employers and health plans to take a close look at how best to promote health and wellbeing in a time of high stress, social isolation, economic uncertainty, and health disparities. The unprecedented respiratory precautions have also focused attention on tobacco use and the increased risk among smokers and vapers for more serious outcomes from COVID-19.
In response, digital health has shifted from a “nice to have” to a must-have solution to reach and engage people across a range of health topics. Recognizing this, employers and health plans are increasingly turning to digital approaches for benefits to positively impact participant health and their own bottom line.
Today, digital solutions can reach most Americans where every they are—90% of U.S. adults are internet connected. The time to add or enhance digital health offerings to support employee and member wellbeing is now.
Join experts from the EX Program by Truth Initiative and Solera Health on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET to learn:
- Digital health trends for benefit designers in the COVID-19 era
- Specific ways digital health programs can support vulnerable populations
- Key considerations to identify an effective digital solution to quit smoking and vaping
Amanda Graham, Ph.D.
Chief of Innovations, Truth Initiative
As Chief of Innovations, Dr. Amanda Graham leads the Innovations Center within Truth Initiative. The Innovations Center is dedicated to designing and building leading digital products for tobacco cessation, including the EX Program. She is internationally recognized as a thought leader in web and mobile quit-smoking interventions and online social networks and has been awarded over $15 million in research funding. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and serves on National Institutes of Health study sections and numerous journal editorial boards. Graham is Professor of Medicine (adjunct) at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.
Sandeep Wadhwa, MD
Chief Health Officer and Senior Vice President, Market Innovation
Dr. Sandeep Wadhwa is a leader in building population health programs for vulnerable populations. He serves as the Chief Health Officer at Solera Health where he is focused on scaling evidence-based, intensive lifestyle interventions addressing prediabetes, tobacco cessation, falls prevention, social isolation and stress, anxiety and insomnia. Solera builds national networks of community and digital health solutions, contracts with health plans and then preference matches their members to convenient classes. Previously, Dr. Wadhwa served as the State Medicaid Director for Colorado. He has held leadership population health positions at 3M, McKesson and Noridian. Dr. Wadhwa serves on the board of directors of Reinvestment Fund, a $1 billion non-profit, financial institute devoted to revitalizing low-income neighborhoods, and the Population Health Alliance. He is volunteer faculty at the Seniors Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital. He earned his BA from Wesleyan, MD from Cornell, and MBA from Wharton and is dual board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics.
Byron Crowe, MD
Associate Medical Director
Dr. Byron Crowe is a physician and Associate Medical Director at Solera Health where he supports clinical program design across the Solera suite of physical, mental and social health offerings. Prior to joining Solera, he worked for Emory Healthcare conducting enterprise quality improvement work and served as Southeast Regional Leader for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Open School. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine.