SPOKANE, WA. (January 9, 2012) - Next IT, a leading provider of Intelligent Virtual Assistants for business, is expanding its sales team to address the significant customer support needs of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Victor Morrison and Mitch Lawrence, formerly of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, bring valuable experience and perspective to tailor online self-service solutions that improve pharmaceutical compliance and healthcare outcomes.
During his 22 years at Teva - the world's largest manufacturer of generic drugs and a world leader in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) - Victor played a critical role in defining Teva's vision for pharmacy and specialty pharmacy interaction. He also conceived and developed the parameters for the clinical study of an enhanced interface between MS patients, specialty pharmacies and physicians and its impact on compliance, adherence and, most importantly, patient outcomes.
"Next IT's Human Emulation Technology will transform the patient experience," says Mr. Morrison. "It gives patients the ability to interact with a virtual assistant knowledgeable about them, their disease and their therapy, 24/7, via the web, smartphone or SMS. From the payer perspective, healthcare entities will have unlimited opportunities to engage the patient with dosing reminders, education, coaching and counseling and, importantly, to move the interaction to a live pharmacist or nurse when appropriate. Compliance and adherence to medication regimens should be dramatically increased, which will lead to better outcomes while decreasing the overall cost of care."
Mitch Lawrence, with nearly 27 years of experience in sales gained in medical, pharmaceutical and information technology, is a born leader with a knack for the creation and development of highly effective sales and account-management teams. Most recently, he was accountable for all of Teva's formulary, contracting and brand initiatives with third-party payer accounts in the Western U.S., overseeing and training an award-winning staff of account managers.
"Advancing Next IT's technology across the healthcare industry is an exciting prospect. The potential benefit is huge," says Lawrence. "Conversational interfaces allow people to use their own words to find the exact piece of information they're looking for, allowing electronically stored resources to be of much greater practical value because they're easier to use. I can see widespread applications, from guiding people through insurance billing forms to answering questions about medications and more. It truly gives patients a powerful tool for efficiently and effectively serving themselves."
About Next IT
Founded in 2002, Next IT has been at the forefront of virtual assistant technology for over a decade. Alme, Next IT’s flagship product, is the world’s most trusted virtual assistant platform. Customer experience leaders including Aetna, Alaska Airlines, Amtrak, Charter Communications, Symplmed Pharmaceuticals and the U.S. Army all rely on Alme to provide their customers with remarkable experiences every day.
In 2013 Next IT launched Alme for Healthcare, a revolutionary new platform that delivers advanced virtual assistant capabilities to healthcare-specific environments across mobile, web and chat interfaces.
Next IT is proudly based in Spokane, Washington. For more information, please visit: www.NextIT.com
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