Press Release

Dr. Karen Rheuban joins Locus Health Board of Directors

Charlottesville, VA — September 4, 2019 — Locus Health announced today that renowned telehealth expert Karen S. Rheuban, MD has joined its Board of Directors to assist the expansion of its innovative telemedicine platform to Children’s Hospitals and health systems across North America. 

Dr. Rheuban is a pediatric cardiologist and professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia, and the co-founder and director of the Center for Telehealth at UVA Health System in Charlottesville. She is regarded as one of the country’s leading advocates for telemedicine, having been inspired to enter the field after facing challenges caring for her own patients across rural Virginia. Dr. Rheuban has testified before Congress on telemedicine issues and her efforts helped pass a landmark telemedicine reimbursement bill in Virginia in 2010. 

Locus Health’s telemedicine software enables clinicians to create customized patient monitoring and to extend their involvement outside the four walls of the hospital. The Locus platform is cloud-based and utilizes Apple iPads and iPhones in replacing the binders and pencils that have traditionally been used to track vital signs following hospital discharge. Locus has been proven to reduce the number of post-discharge ER visits, decrease the length of NICU stays, and lower overall costs for hospitals and insurance providers. The Locus Health platform is currently being used at more than twenty-five leading hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. 

“It has been a privilege to work with our partners at Locus Health to develop high quality, secure remote monitoring programs. Locus Health allows us to better manage medically fragile infants and other patients with chronic illness at home, resulting in shortened hospital stays, reduced hospital readmissions, and better clinical outcomes, ” said Rheuban. “I am honored to have been invited to join the Locus Health board to further develop high-quality models of connected care.”

Dr. Rheuban earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1980 and co-founded the Center for Telehealth at UVA in 1996. She has spoken about telemedicine and pediatrics at conferences around the globe and in 2017 the University of Virginia awarded her the Thomas Jefferson Award, its highest honor for service to the university.

“Dr. Rheuban is a rock star of the telemedicine world. A skilled physician, she keenly understands the power of technology to bring increased efficiency to healthcare, and to improve the lives of patients. We are thrilled that she has joined Locus Health’s Board of Directors and that we can count on her experience and insights as we bring our telemedicine platform to more hospitals across North America,” said Kirby Farrell, CEO of Locus Health.

ABOUT LOCUS HEALTH:

Locus provides a tailored remote monitoring and engagement platform that creates a meaningful connection between patients, parents and their clinical care teams. Locus partners with health systems from initial consultation to implementation and deployment, making the promise of care management at home an affordable reality.

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