Wider Circle Expands Investment in its Technology Division with Senior Engineering Team Appointments
Reinforces Digital Transformation Strategy to Meet Organization’s Operational Needs and Support Company Growth Plans
Redwood, CA – November 6, 2020 – Wider Circle, an innovative community care program working with health plans to connect neighbors for better health, today announced that the company has made a significant investment in its technology team with a series of strategic software developer and senior data analytics new hires. The rapid growth in IT resources is in recognition of the valuable and expanding role that Wider Circle’s technology infrastructure plays, and will continue to play, in the trajectory of the organization moving forward.
“Our goal is to leverage technology in a way that optimizes human connection and enables our team to focus on facilitating relationships and creating meaningful connections for members,” said Darin Buxbaum, chief operating officer, Wider Circle. “With this investment, we are reinforcing our commitment to having a robust backend that meets our operational needs today and also supports expansion, as Wider Circle partners with new health plans and extends our ability to make an impact on the lives of vulnerable populations in additional geographies.”
The company’s unique technology solutions, which are central to the Wider Circle Connect for Life® program and instrumental in its successful track record of fostering connections among neighbors to promote social interaction, include using proprietary algorithms for member grouping to maximize program participation and results. In addition, AI-enabled outreach and member management portals streamline case management and tailored communication, at scale.
Spearheading the company’s IT initiatives is Wider Circle’s head of engineering, Max Shneider, whose team was recently responsible for quickly and seamlessly migrating the in-person Connect for Life program model to an online format at the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. This included creating new capabilities for supporting vulnerable populations in isolation like virtual home visit initiatives, buddy call programs and a new Community Food Circle project.
As the company intends to expand its business exponentially to support the needs of both Medicare and Medicaid populations, executives are dedicated to making the necessary investments to further scale Wider Circle’s technology platform and solutions to support this growth. This includes increasing the senior technology team with a number of strategic new hires.
- Tom Carlough joins Wide Circle as the new head of data science and analytics. Previously, he served as director of analytics and data science at Atlantic Health System for four years. In his role, he will be responsible for overseeing the development of next generation algorithms for member grouping and quality improvement, furthering clinical and quality measurement of the program, as well as overall analytics that align operations with business strategy.
- Earlier this year, David Lowsky, PhD came to Wider Circle as head of product and planning where he is responsible for leading the definition and roadmap for the company’s digital products to support service operations and member engagement, as well as leading planning efforts to guide the scalable rollout of new client launches. His previous career experience of relevance includes positions at Nuna (data products for health plans), Google (large-scale brand advertising measurement tools), Castlight Health (healthcare price transparency tools) and co-founding Amikai (automated language translation products).
- This summer, Brian Saindon came on board as a senior data scientist with a focus on modeling and analytics. He brings to the role more than 10 years of experience, formally serving as senior data scientist at UnitedHealth Group.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tom, Brian and David to our rapidly growing team and look forward to drawing from their collective IT experience as we continue to build and refine the company’s technology infrastructure,” said Max Shneider, head of engineering, Wider Circle.
About Wider Circle
Wider Circle works with health plans nationally to deliver unique community care programs that connect neighbors for better health. Centered on trusted relationships, Wider Circle connects health plan members with familiar neighbors to inform, support and motivate one another, empowering them to be more proactive about their health. Wider Circle’s trusted delivery network has been proven to drive resilience, improve member experience and engagement and reduce hospitalizations. Today, Wider Circle offers its unique neighborhood care programs to more than 135 communities nationwide, including specialized COVID-19 support for vulnerable populations in isolation via virtual programming and peer-to-peer community support. To learn more, please visit www.widercircle.com.