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Sep 23, 2016 9:31 EST

Iris Plans: We Help Patients and Families Experiencing Serious Medical Conditions Plan for Future Healthcare

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 23, 2016

Iris Plans

Iris Plans

We Help Patients and Families Experiencing Serious Medical Conditions Plan for Future Healthcare


Iris Plans reduces the cost of complex care by 25% with our Advance Care Planning (ACP) solution for health insurers and providers. We dramatically reduce unnecessary care delivered to patients facing serious illness – a focused population that drives significant spending. Our telehealth platform allows Iris healthcare professionals to meet with patients and their families anytime, anywhere, creating a plan to guide major healthcare decisions. We have decades of palliative care experience, a rare skill, and deliver a targeted offering at significantly lower cost than a traditional palliative program.Unnecessary care is the largest driver of waste in our healthcare system.

At an annual cost of $210 billion (IOM) it is larger than 90% of sectors in the US economy. It lowers the quality of care, creates suffering for patients and families, and places a tremendous financial strain on patients and insurers alike. Advance care planning is a proven solution to this problem, able to reduce the delivery of unnecessary care by an estimated $80 billion.






Early revenue in B2C channel

MAY, 2016

Released version 1 of technology platform

MAY, 2016

Data partnerships established with two health plans

JULY, 2016

Processed 3M health insurance claims on over 80K members


In contracting with two health plans – launching in October ’16


Robust sales pipeline of over 40 health plans, healthcare providers and service providers.



“Getting through the healthcare system, at many doctors’ offices and different hospitals, has been a dizzying experience. ACP helped me understand what I want out of my healthcare (which is complicated!). It also opened my eyes to things that turned out to be important that I never knew I should think about before these discussions.”
Susan Georger, Binghamton, NYPatient
Susan Georger, Binghamton, NY
“Planning for my medical care in the future lifted a big burden off my kids. I could see the relief in their faces after we finished the process.”
JoAnne Dudek, Roanoke, TXPatient
JoAnne Dudek, Roanoke, TX


Steve Wardle

Steve Wardle

CEO & Co-Founder

Steve has held a variety of executive leadership positions including Regional CEO, CFO, VP of Global Strategic Partnerships, Manager of Investments and Board Chairman. He has lived and worked in several continents, led 100+ member organizations, managed a number of global teams, led a corporate turnaround, directed $50 million of debt and equity investment funds and led company boards/committees. Steve received his MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and began his career in commercial and investment banking.
Stephen Bekanich

Stephen Bekanich

Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder

Stephen is a palliative medicine physician who has started and directed several palliative care programs across the country including University of Miami’s Medical Center, University of Utah’s Medical Center and Ascension Health’s largest palliative care program, Seton Palliative Care. He was the CEO of one of the country’s most successful accountable care organizations which included over 2,300 physicians and produced successful outcomes across their government and commercial relationships. Dr. Bekanich is the recipient of awards for medical leadership, innovation in health care, teaching, and patient and family satisfaction. He and his works have appeared throughout the medical and popular media as well as at national events.
Andrew Chen

Andrew Chen

Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder

Andrew is a technology innovator in artificial intelligence for healthcare, social analytics, and enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS). He has held leadership roles in some of the fastest growing software companies such as CognitiveScale, Inc., Spredfast, and Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV, the leading integrated ratings and reviews provider for more than half of the Internet Retailer 500 and 20% of the Fortune 500). Andrew has extensive experience vetting prototypes, piloting new concepts, and iterative Agile development. Several of his innovations have pending or issued patents. Andrew earned his Bachelors in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mary Beth Kean

Mary Beth Kean

VP of Quality

Mary Beth is a Doctor of Nursing Practice skilled in palliative care, pain management, advanced practice, diagnoses and treatment of diseases. She has extensive experience in implementing quality and patient safety disciplines in the organizations she’s practiced including Baylor Scott & White, Seton Healthcare, Central Texas Veterans Healthcare Administration, and Baylor University Medical Center. Her rare combination of skills, domain knowledge and experience makes her ideal for ensuring consistency and quality in facilitating and leading our advance care planning service.
Phil Ovitt

Phil Ovitt

VP of Business Development

Phil’s diverse work experience has taken him from a leading strategy consultancy, to a boutique investment firm, to the halls of the U.S. Congress, and a disruptive startup launched within a Fortune 200 company. Phil began his career in Accenture’s process and technology practice, and following that served as a lead advisor in the United States Senate. Most recently, Phil led business development and marketing focused on B2B relationships for transportation technology startup EVgo, helping secure and grow numerous relationships with some of the world’s largest consumer products, healthcare, and real estate companies. Phil holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University and a B.A. from Indiana University Bloomington.
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