Houston, TX, May 23, 2019 – Vivante Health, the digestive health experts and creators of the GIThrive all-in-one digital program for gut health and disease, announced the addition of Dr. Alan Spiro as Senior Medical Advisor.
A gastroenterology physician and accomplished healthcare executive, Dr. Spiro is uniquely suited for this advisory role. His clinical background, coupled with more than 35 years in healthcare strategy, will help Vivante Health enhance clinical and analytical rigor while staying ahead of digital and digestive health trends as the company grows.
“I am very excited about helping the Vivante team improve care and outcomes for people with GI disease and related illnesses,” said Spiro. “Abdominal illnesses represent one of the areas of medical care in which rapidly increasing costs are harming our ability to treat all who need care. Vivante is well positioned to improve care and decrease cost in this very common category of disease.”
Spiro has a rich background in employer-sponsored care and medical policy and practice. In 2007 he co-founded Accolade, an on-demand healthcare concierge aimed at simplifying healthcare delivery for large companies and their employees. Accolade has been recognized as one of the nation’s 25 most promising companies and a top workplace by multiple media outlets.
Dr. Spiro is currently a Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer at Blue Health Intelligence in Chicago. Previous experience includes leading the clinical practice at Towers Perrin and developing the company’s initial ehealth strategy. He also served as Chief Medical Officer at Anthem National Accounts business unit, which covered more than 11 million lives.
“I’m so pleased to have Alan on board with us,” said Dr. Kimon Angelides, Vivante Health President and CEO. “He’s an extremely accomplished healthcare executive who has always been at the leading edge of new and innovative healthcare initiatives, a deep thinker and doer. Alan adds a lot to our efforts, and we are all excited to have the opportunity to work with him.”
Spiro holds an MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He completed a joint MIT Harvard Research Fellowship in nutrition at New England Deaconess Hospital and a Harvard Clinical Fellowship in gastroenterology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He is the author of more than 25 articles on managed care, clinical best practices, Medicare, disease management, and gastroenterology and is a frequent speaker at national healthcare conferences.
About Vivante Health
Vivante Health is an innovative digital healthcare company reinventing the way chronic conditions are managed, starting with digestive disorders. Our all-in-one gut health program, GIThrive, empowers people—through brilliant technology, advanced science, and on-demand human support—to improve digestive health, while lowering their cost of care. To learn how employers and health plans are saving money with GIThrive, visit vivantehealth.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.