Providing effective employee behavior change & health improvement programs since 2001.
Our long standing belief in prevention as the ultimate solution to spiraling health care costs grew out of our founder's, Catherine "Kye" Anderson, in 1976, founding of Medical Graphics Corporation, a high-tech medical device company committed to the cost-effective early diagnosis and treatment of cardio-pulmonary disease.
As an employer for 20 years herself, Anderson noted the lack of cost-effective prevention and wellness programs that could address each employee's unique health risks and challenge, to keep our valued workforce healthy and our health care costs lower. (Read a letter from our founder here.)
In 1996, Anderson partnered with the ground-breaking interdisciplinary work that the Stanford Prevention Research Center was doing to create comprehensive programs tailored to each individual's particular health behavior change needs. Entering into a first phase research oriented project, in 1997 she brought the first interactive health improvement programs to the web via a joint venture with MSNBC.com. Through this venture, we attracted over 1 million unique users to our programs.
In 2001 Medforma was founded with an exclusive license to bring the Stanford Health Continuum to the American workforce, to help lower health risks and the health care costs that have been burdening American businesses and workers at home and abroad. After the initial success with the previous MSNBC.com project, the next step was to prove that an online all-digital health improvement toolset could improve a population's health over time.
We created a company that was independent from employers, insurers, and health plans in order to assure employees complete privacy and protection of their personally-identifiable information. As a result, during this second phase of development and research about digital wellness tools, our programs achieved participation rates much higher than industry averages for prevention and wellness programs across a population of 30,000 employees In addition, as hypothesized, during this phase we achieved proof of health improvement in all major health risk categories varying from 10 to 61% in a population of 19,000 people tracked over 4 years. Engaging many people into Stanford's brilliantly-conceived, web-based program of self-directed, continuous improvement offers employers the best hope for cost-effectively transforming the health of their workforce. Our clients see this product as an integral component of the company operating plan to maximize profits and human capital performance rather than just another nicety. Highly rewarding to Medforma are the comments we receive from employees themselves.
In 2010, Medforma entered its third phase of company evolution. Based on the two earlier phases of research and use, we took Stanford's concepts, logic and behavior improvement tools and created an updated set of all-digital online health improvement tools that are both engaging and effective for individuals and also provide ready to use tools and reporting for employers. These updated, upbeat, effective tools incorporate Stanford's latest and greatest behavior change theories and logic in an all-digital platform that is a terrific add-on wellness toolset that is affordable and easy to use for employers of all sizes.
Headquarters for our women-owned-and-operated company are in Minnesota, a state with a long history of medical innovation and consistently ranked one of the healthiest states in the nation.
All medical content has been provided by Stanford School of Medicine and is overseen by Wes Alles, PhD, Director of the Health Improvement Program (HIP), and Yann Meunier, MD, Health Promotion Manager of the HIP, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. All medical content updates come under the direction of the Stanford Health Improvement Program.
About Wes Alles, PhD
Dr. Alles has been the Director of HIP since 1989. Before joining the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, he was a tenured Associate Professor at Penn State University, and before that, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico.
For the past ten years, he has been a group facilitator for the Meyer Friedman Institute of UCSF, an organization that conducts research providing behavior modification programs for people with Type A behavior patterns. Dr. Alles has conducted research throughout his career and has co-authored four textbooks and many articles in professional journals.
While at Stanford, Dr. Alles has served as the Chair of the California Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Coalition, an organization that promotes heart health through research, teaching, and advocacy. He has served as the President of the South Bay Business Group on Health, and now serves on two advisory committees for the California Department of Health Services. Recently, Dr. Alles received an award from the March of Dimes for his volunteer efforts in developing a prenatal education program and then training volunteers and staff throughout the U.S.
Dr. Alles received his Bachelor of Science from West Chester State University in Pennsylvania, a Master of Science from the University of Illinois and a PhD from Columbia University and University of Illinois.
About Yann Meunier, MD
Dr. Meunier is a Health Improvement Manager at the Health Improvement Program of the Stanford Prevention Research Center. His primary areas of interest are Preventive Medicine, Public Health and Tropical Diseases. He was an Assistant Professor in Public Health at Rene Descartes University and Tropical Medicine at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at George Washington University and Lecturer on "Urbanization and Public Health in developing countries" at the George Washington University Center for International Health.
Medical Information and Licensures:
- 1988 Post graduation student, Paris XII University. Degree: Specialist, Emergency Medicine
- 1980 Degree: E.C.F.M.G.
- 1979 Post-graduation student, Paris VI University. Degree: Specialist, Tropical Diseases
- 1978 Intern, George Washington University
- 1973 - 1978 Medical Student, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1974, epidemic experience: Meningitis). Degree: M.D. (1979)
- 1971 - 1973 Medical Student, Paris VI University
The Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) is an interdisciplinary research program involving several departments in the Stanford School of Medicine. The SPRC is also a division of the Stanford Department of Medicine. Through its 2001 merger with the Stanford Heart Disease Prevention Division it became the nation's largest and most robust disease prevention program, and is internationally renowned for behavioral interventions.
The SPRC mission is to improve the health and functioning of individuals in defined communities (or populations) through:
- Interdisciplinary research into the behavioral and social basis for important chronic diseases.
- Exploration of the methods for preventing and controlling such conditions.
- Conducting problem-focused research, using mainly experimental methods, to test and disseminate disease prevention and control programs.
- Collaboration among a broad array of health professionals and social and behavioral scientists who share public health and population perspectives in planning and conducting research.
For over 30 years the SPRC has been pioneering interdisciplinary research into prevention and control of chronic disease. Contributing to the development of its Stanford Health and Lifestyle Assessment (SHALA) were professionals from medicine, psychology, health education, nutrition, fitness, and computer science. The SPRC has also developed many other health education and behavior change programs in conjunction with NIH, Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Surgeon General, and other government and private agencies.
In 2001, Medforma partnered with the SPRC to speed delivery of its superior health behavior change program, the Stanford Health Continuum, into the American workplace. From its headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, the SPRC provides ongoing research and consultative support for Medforma and its client companies.
Catherine "Kye" Anderson, Founder & President
Kye Anderson founded Medforma in 2001 in order to bring powerful disease prevention programs to the American workforce and now oversees all Medforma operations including business development, program development and financing. She attended the University of Minnesota and the College of St. Scholastica, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology with an emphasis on Bio-Chemistry and Physics.
After graduation, Kye was supervisor of the cardio-pulmonary laboratories at the University of Minnesota for several years before founding her first company, Medical Graphics Corporation, which was the initial company to bring computerized diagnostics to heart and lung function testing. Kye has since founded three other high tech medical companies and has served as President of the American College of Sports Medicine Foundation and as a board member of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures, Marquette Bank Advisory Board, St. Catherine's Health Care Advisory Board and College of St. Scholastica Board of Trustees. From 1995-1997, Kye served on the Minnesota Health Care Commission and on the Health Technology Industry Advisory Board of the Minnesota Health Care Commission.
Kye's business expertise has been recognized by several awards, including Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year - High Tech Medical, Esquire Magazine's "People Under the Age of Forty Who Are Changing America", Inc. Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies, and Inc. Top 100 Fastest Growing Company CEOs.
Amy A. Betty, MBA – SVP Product Management & Client Support
Betty's responsibilities include bringing highly usable and effective solutions to Medforma users and ensuring superior client support and satisfaction. Amy brings business strategy development, interactive marketing, interactive product management, account management and client support services to the company.
Prior to Medforma, Amy's work experience includes being an Associate Consultant with CSC Consulting - Systems & Integration, a Solutions Architect at Net Perceptions, and most recently, an Account Supervisor at space150. Amy graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Business Administration.
Barb Reindl Pjevach, MBA – SVP Marketing and Administration
Reindl Pjevach spearheads the sales & marketing and administration functions at the Company. Her experiences include 20+ years of general management experience with specific corporate leadership roles in finance, marketing, manufacturing/quality, human resources and operational change implementation most recently as a VP of Boston Scientific Corporation. Through entrepreneurial ventures over the past several years, Reindl Pjevach has also developed expertise with web based education, networking, and social media marketing. Her responsibilities include leveraging her experiences to reach target markets at affordable costs to in turn drive the Company's viral growth objectives. Barb has a special passion and expertise regarding leadership and culture development and for this work was awarded the Twin Cities Business Journal's Top 25 Women Changemakers Award in 2003. She also holds an inactive Minnesota CPA license and practiced in public accounting early in her career.
Barb graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration.
S. Carver Anderson, MBA – Chief Technology Officer
Anderson oversees all technical development and deployment of the company's web presence including the company's service offerings as a web-based business, leading implementation of web applications, and planning for risk and growth. Anderson has a track record and demonstrated ability to envision web-based services that meet consumer needs and solve business problems with large consulting firms such as Jordon & Jordon and small private firms such as Shape Medical. He brings experience in health education and interactive development through his work at MindBodyGreen.com. Carver graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Business Administration.
Brian P. King, MBA – Chief Financial Officer
King supervises the company's financial planning, budgeting and reporting systems. With over 18 years experience as CFO and COO at Medical Graphics Corporation and 8 years at several other high tech companies, Brian brings extensive experience to high tech company growth and financial planning including private and public offerings and SEC compliance and reporting. Brian graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.
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Last updated: September 2010.