Founded in 2015, Curatess was established by Healthcare operators who saw the need to advance how care was delivered to patients in all care settings. Transfers to or from a hospital, and other care transitions may be scary for patients and costly to payers. The Curatess Open Care Delivery Platform helps manage patients in place to reduce care setting transfers and healthcare costs. With the introduction of the Readmission Reduction Program in 2012 and the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program, the healthcare landscape has shifted to focus on clinical outcomes, with detailed clinical data required to support those outcomes.
Curatess is a software organization focused on delivering next-generation telehealthcare solutions (e.g., Open Telehealth, health record integration, secure messaging, connected Bluetooth peripherals, with real-time video and audio streams) that support and improve the treatment and recovery of patients in care settings outside of the hospital. The Curatess Open Telehealth Care Delivery Platform has redefined telemedicine healthcare delivery. Through one of many available clinical workflows, the Curatess – Open Telehealth Care Delivery Platform enables physicians and other clinicians to connect directly to their patients for consultation and clinical review. We understand the importance of clinical workflow integration, our Curatess – Open Telehealth Care Delivery Platform enhances how care is delivered and establishes an integrated clinical workflow to provide seamless high-quality care. The Platform connects with Electronica Health Record’s (EHR) and efficiently displays the EHR data to connect the care team with health information and their patients. We also integrate with FDA approved medical peripherals including a digital stethoscope, to deliver TRUE DIAGNOSTIC sounds to remote clinicians on any device anywhere. We are excited to be a part of developing a better way of delivering clinical information directly to mobile devices without disrupting the existing physician clinical workflow. Our capabilities empower remote clinicians to make confident clinical decisions when they cannot be in the room. We believe in a well-executed workflow that puts the right information in front of the right people at the right time to achieve the goal of making better clinical decisions.
Read our LeadingAge published case study featuring Lexington Health Network and the success realized from the Curatess – Open Telehealth Care Delivery Platform for managing after-hour change in conditions. When the Curatess – Open Telehealth Care Delivery Platform was used to manage change in condition, Lexington managed 90% of those patients in place, meaning they did not transfer to another care setting. Over the three years outlined in this case study, Lexington estimates to have retained nearly $1 million in revenue.
The Vision and Mission that Drives Us
To be the most connected and trusted platform for delivering care to our seniors.
We remove barriers to healthcare access and equality for seniors by enabling intelligent collaboration across their care team.
After an extensive search of the market for an integrated telehealth solution, we designed and built a platform to assist healthcare providers to deliver better remote care for their patients. The Curatess Open Telehealth Care Delivery Platform offers improved care coordination between care settings along with EHR and medical device integrations to meet the telehealth needs of all healthcare providers. Our open platform has all been tested and vetted by strategic healthcare partners who have helped shape the easy to use interface and the clinical information we seamlessly deliver to healthcare providers. Our solution is “open” for any medical professional to use and is NOT tied to Physician Services. It was important to Curatess to develop an open solution that promotes continuity of care between clinicians and patients without the limitations of physical boundaries.
My background consists of more than 20 years in technology and healthcare. Over that time I have brought to market more than dozen products and services. I am passionate about delivering great products to market and am proud to have won numerous awards for the great work my teams have accomplished. Prior to joining Curatess I was the CEO at CureMatch, a clinical decision support company in the oncology field. My leadership delivered a partnership with big pharma that provided $12 million in funding, grew the customer base from zero to more than 200 oncology users around the world and ultimately positioned the company for a merger. While there I was also honored as a finalist for CEO of the year in San Diego in 2019. As a co-founder at TruMed Systems I’m very proud to say that we revolutionized the way physician offices manage and store vaccines, helping to preserve efficacy and reduce disease outbreaks. The excitement and challenges of building a company from scratch is immensely rewarding. I earned my BS from the University of Massachusetts and later an MBA from Babson College.
Fun Facts: Played college and semi-pro football (Eastern Football League). Ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Surfed waves in California, Hawaii, Mexico, South Africa and Australia. Studied abroad in Ecuador and Venezuela. Is a US Soccer Federation referee and centered the men’s U18 Final Match at one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country.
Founder & Chief Product Officer
My 20 years+ of healthcare and technology experience helps guide the strategic direction of our organization, our work, and our goals of improving care coordination between Patients, Families, Care Settings, and Providers. I have spent my entire career in Healthcare and have a passion for Healthcare Information Technology. I saw a gap in the Healthcare industry for a truly integrated telehealth platform, this is how Curatess was established. My goal is to continue to develop advanced care coordination and clinical workflow to help improve the overall Healthcare people receive.
Fun Fact: I originally entered the Healthcare industry as a registered Occupational Therapist working in the acute and post-acute care settings, hand therapy was my specialty. In the early 2000’s I transitioned to technology and in 2006, graduated from Benedictine University with my MBA.
In my very spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, two of my children are heavily involved with youth Hockey and Lacross, my oldest daughter keeps me connected with nature. I enjoy riding my bike and love to go mountain biking with friends.
Chief Technology Officer
My software development, product engineering, and technical experience go back more than 20 years. I have been a technology innovator and entrepreneur for the past 10 years and most recently was the co-founder of Greplytix, Inc., Howler Apps, Inc., and Lambda Labs, LLC. Spanning these startups I have focused on novel indoor positioning systems, real-time IOT message processing, and healthcare analytics. My academic background is in Machine Learning and Cryptography, most recently I studied Innovation and Business Management at Harvard while in the Advanced Study Program at MIT for Data Modeling and Data Mining.
I am passionate about solving complex interesting problems in simple, elegant, and useful ways. I was excited to work with the Curatess team and the opportunity to help them move from their MVP to an advanced integrated care management platform and telemedicine service. I think lots of new disruptions are coming to this space of healthcare and it is awesome to be part of the team that is leading the way.
Fun Facts: include my passion for education and helping children with learning disabilities, and I enjoy speaking engagements that focus on innovation and strategic planning. I am an avid fan and player of hockey and serve as a mentor for FIRST robotics. While I was at Greplytix I was awarded the “innovator of the year” in Graduate Medical Innovation from the Harvard Academy and Howler won the Reader’s Choice award for best showcase startup in Boston.
Accomplished health care CEO, COO, and business development executive and leader with demonstrated ability to engage constituents to deliver results. Launched for-profit ventures, aligned with health care systems and physicians. Success in both not for profit and for-profit settings. Chaired Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. Served as Chairman of the Kansas Health Care Association. Currently Member, Post Acute Care Advisory Council, The Joint Commission. Member Board of Governors, American Health Care Association.
Dr. Karim Yunez
Dr. Karim Yunez is an accomplished Internal Medicine physician who has specialized in Geriatrics. In addition, he has a clinical interest in Asthma, Cholesterol Management, Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Digestive Problems, Nutrition, and Weight Management. He has a passion for telehealth and utilizing technology to deliver quality care and yield positive outcomes for his patients.
John Vrba, MS, L.N.H.A. has 25+ years of professional experience in healthcare management. He earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Francis College in Joliet, Illinois, and his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Mr. Vrba spent 17 years with HCR-ManorCare, beginning his career as an Activity assistant in 1991 and then Williamsburg Unit Manager. Mr. Vrba obtained his nursing home administrator license and earned the position of Senior Administrator at ManorCare Health Services of Hinsdale in 1996. In April 2008, Mr. Vrba began serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Burgess Square Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre in Westmont, Illinois. He became an owner of the facility in 2012. John has also been a member of the Illinois Healthcare Association Board of Directors since 2002.