ConsultingMD Changes Name to Grand Rounds as Company Expands Digital Access to Nation’s Top Physicians
Seasoned Executives Evan Richardson, David Thompson Deepen Grand Rounds Bench
SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Jul 17, 2013) – ConsultingMD, the premier expert consultation service, announced today it has changed its name to Grand Rounds — bringing the time-honored tradition of leading physicians, surgeons and academics solving the world’s most complex medical problems to the cloud. Building on a $10 million investment from Venrock, Grand Rounds modernizes the way patients find specialists in the field and physicians review medical records, providing state-of-the-art care to those who need it most.
Since the turn of the 20th century, top physicians at the world’s most respected hospitals and academic medical centers would regularly meet to share research, advance medical practices and discuss the best approach to improve patient care and solve challenging medical paradoxes, calling the practice ‘grand rounds.’ Today, Grand Rounds modernizes that tradition by offering patients around the country state-of-the-art access to the nation’s top 0.1 percent of physicians through its cutting-edge cloud-based platform.
“Medical technology and research are advancing faster than ever, but there has not yet been a deep understanding of quality,” said Owen Tripp, CEO and co-founder of Grand Rounds. “It’s time that a company revolutionizes the way medical quality is understood and practiced — Grand Rounds is that company.”
With Grand Rounds’ unique platform, members gain the ability to navigate a large network of prestigious physicians offering expert consultations on a myriad of health-related conditions and diseases, ensuring the best path to treatment. Grand Rounds’ technology provides physicians in the Grand Rounds network with a comprehensive 360-degree digital profile of a patient’s history and medical records, allowing them to provide conclusive opinions on the most complex medical issues and eliminate geographical barriers on patient care.
“Here in Silicon Valley, HR professionals are seeing a fierce battle as we aim to offer the best benefits to the nation’s most creative and forward thinking employees,” said Lynne Collins, vice president of human resources for Hightail (formerly YouSendIt). “With Grand Rounds, our company has a major edge by providing a virtual clinic of the country’s best doctors. If just one of our employees sees a life-changing alteration in treatment as a result of a Grand Rounds expert consultation, then our investment in the service has been worth it.”
In addition to the company’s changing name, Grand Rounds announced today the hiring of Evan Richardson to the executive team, who will serve as vice president, product. As the former head of enterprise products at Castlight Health, Richardson has an array of experience developing and bringing new products, service offerings and technology platforms to market. In his new role at Grand Rounds, Richardson will lead a growing development team to deliver Grand Rounds’ cloud technology, enabling the company’s prestigious physician network to deliver expert opinions to Grand Rounds patients across the country.
Grand Rounds also strengthens its executive bench with David Thompson, general counsel and chief privacy officer. Prior to joining Grand Rounds, Thompson served as the general counsel and chief privacy officer at Reputation.com. Additionally, Thompson served as clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court and the Hon. Chief Judge Alex Kozinksi of the Ninth Circuit. Thompson is also co-author of the best-selling book on privacy, “Wild West 2.0.” In his role at Grand Rounds, Mr. Thompson will empower the company to scale its service network nationwide and provide innovative new services, while respecting and protecting the privacy of its users.
Grand Rounds is now hiring — to learn more on how to join the growing team, please visit http://www.GrandRoundsHealth.com.
About Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds is dedicated to providing access to state-of-the-art medical information and opinions from the world’s top physicians to the people who need it most and to the businesses that want to provide the best care for their employees. By presenting the whole patient digitally, Grand Rounds streamlines the diagnosis process and enables anyone to reach the experts for the most current medical expertise, saving time, money and lives. For more information, please visit http://www.GrandRoundsHealth.com and follow @GrandRoundsInc.