Valere offers the first digital healthcare ecosystem providing the complete connectivity and open access to a wide array of partnered solutions necessary to simplify patient care while delivering value to all stakeholders across the care continuum. Our unification of all patient health events via our open, industry-agnostic platform enables more timely, reliable, and cost-effective achievement of patient care.
Valere Health was founded on the following core values we believe are critical in supporting our mission.
We Serve Others
We Take Ownership
We Go The Extra Mile
We Do The Right Thing
We Have Fun
Valere Leadership Team
Dewey was introduced to the world of DME in 2000. After a short time in a business development role with a North Carolina DME company, Dewey was promoted to Director of Operations. Shortly thereafter, Dewey returned to Columbia, SC to start up a DME division within a thriving pharmaceutical distribution company. After successful launch of the DME division, Dewey was provided a tremendous opportunity with Ken Long and Long’s Drugs (of the east coast) to share in ownership of the DME division and begin exploring his larger vision for the industry. In 2013, Dewey was fortunate to become the sole owner of Long Term Care, Inc. (now LifeHME, Inc.).
From his career in the DME industry, Dewey envisions a tangible need for continued innovation and streamlined care in the home health market. “The challenge is not in finding the right opportunities, yet in the ability to handle them effectively despite an audit rich environment. Moreover, it is vital that the industry embrace a value-based care demonstration model to seize the opportunity for positive industry change for all stakeholders. The market is now migrating to us! The question is not if the market will succeed in this endeavor but, rather, who is willing to do what it takes to reap its reward.”
Dewey received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina – School of Public Health in 1994. He is married with two daughters and resides in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Chris Kinard, COO
Chris is the COO of Valere Health, responsible for business workflow strategy and implementation of the company’s transformative post-acute technology and analytics solutions for its industry partners. Chris has dedicated his career to the development and deployment of solutions driving more efficient, reliable delivery of patients’ post-acute healthcare products and services, improving patient care, and promoting positive health outcomes in the home. Chris has a passion for people and is driven by the pursuit of excellence in the delivery of value-based health care solutions across the care continuum.
Chris has more than 20 years’ experience in all aspects of the HME industry, including HME product ordering and delivery, patient education, medical documentation qualification, third party claims billing, accounts receivable, physician engagement, business management, and technology development. Chris has served as operations manager for two independent HME retail pharmacies, and he was a market analyst for QS/1 for 8 years, the industry’s leading provider of pharmacy management software. While with QS/1, Chris worked closely with providers, customers, software users, and business partners to guide the future development of software platforms in three healthcare markets. Through ongoing business assessments and accreditation preparation, Chris has repeatedly developed and implemented more efficient models and workflow processes, driving maximum productivity and regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining Valere, Chris was a founder and VP of Corporate Systems Development for LifeH2H Solutions, a hospital to home technology solutions and patient care services company. Chris led the development of LifeH2H’s SaaS platform for compliant HME order processing, and formed a care services company, LifeTouch, to deliver patient care coordination and provider care for patients living with chronic conditions. While now focused on the entire post-acute care spectrum of patient needs, Chris remains active in the HME industry as an advocate and educator, and serves on the Medtrade Education Advisory Board.
Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in business management from North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. He is active in his church, enjoys cooking BBQ, and is a proud husband and father of a house full of girls.
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Doug Thornton, CTO, CIO
Doug is the CTO & CIO of Valere Health, where he brings over three decades of strategy and technology experience, including twenty-two years in healthcare. Doug is passionate about driving value through technology while maintaining a constant focus on the needs of clinicians and patients. Doug has worked the entire spectrum of healthcare from supporting the needs of the care clinic and pharmacy, to ensuring the success of supplier, wholesaler and manufacturing operations in both medical products and pharmaceuticals, to streamlining revenue cycle processes with insurers.
Prior to joining Valere’s executive team, Doug served as the Technology Transformation leader for McKesson. He was CIO of Patient Care Solutions, McKesson’s HME business unit, and has led development, data warehousing and analytics, and data communications organizations. In his business and technology strategy and architecture role, Doug developed and implemented an integration approach that supported a $3B acquisition — preserving market share and cutting months of risk from the business case, enabling product delivered ahead of schedule, high customer satisfaction, and limiting unplanned employee turnover.
As a technology leader over the years, Doug has surveyed thousands, and implemented or developed hundreds, of healthcare technology platforms, solutions, and products. Doug also has implemented numerous programs and processes improving throughput and value creation from technical resources, and the teams and tools under his management. Doug has trained hundreds of employees on agile software development practices, holding certifications with the Scrum Alliance, Scaled Agile and ITIL. A committed supporter of DevOps principles and practices, Doug implemented automated testing tools and techniques with McKesson that eliminated thousands of hours otherwise spent on manual testing.
Doug is a veteran, and after his US Air Force service, he spent a decade in the defense industry where he developed communications systems, round-trip testing protocols and technology interfaces to numerous comm devices. Doug received a USAF commendation medal during his service, and earned McKesson’s Change Leadership Award while also being selected as one of the first recipients of McKesson’s TechStar Awards.
Doug received his bachelor’s degree in business from Excelsior College and his MBA in Healthcare Administration from American Intercontinental University. Although an avid reader who enjoys painting and experimenting with homebrewing, Doug’s one brush with fame came in 2012 with his one-day championship run on “Jeopardy!” Doug is married with six children and resides in Richmond, Virginia.
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