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Transforming Data Into Outcomes Since 2009

  1. Forward Health Group, Inc. founded by Michael Barbouche

    Forward Health Group launches the PopulationManager platform (ver 1.0).  Secures its first enterprise health system client with an  Epic EHR + 2x Care Management Platforms + 2x External Data Sources, 20 Performance Measures.

  2. 2010

    The company launches PopulationManager ver 2.0.  First Health Plan Client:  2x EHRs + 2x Claims Sources + 1x Disease Management Platform + 1x Care Coordination Platform, including 60 Performance Measures. Wins 2nd place (overall) in Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest (we lost to something called LiveYearbook).

  3. 2011

    Forward Health Group creates a population health network focused on behavioral health. PopulationManager® (ver 3.0) is Meaningful Use Certified for all CMS Quality Measures. Establishes the measurement infrastructure for HeartRescue Project. Forward Health Group Measure Library is now > 200 Measures. PopulationManager® is registered as a trademark. Forward Health Group is now headquartered on Capitol Square in Madison.

  4. 2012

    Forward Health Group is identified by HHS as a leading innovator in the country to advance ACOs. Michael Barbouche delivers a presentation in Washington, DC on a panel moderated by Atul Gawande.  First patient-captured data source included in a PopulationManager implementation.  Michael Barbouche delivers testimony HIT Policy and Standards Committee. Forward Health Group identified by White House as one of the most promising health care startups in country (“Startup America”). 5:30AM Breakfast Roundtable at HIMSS Las Vegas. Forward Health Group Measure Library grows to > 500 measures.

  5. 2013

    Forward Health Group is profiled in the KLAS Research™ initial Population Health Report as a vendor with  “Proven Potential”. The company becomes proud sponsor of HIStalk. Partnered w/ American Medical Association to build Improving Health Outcomes network focused on hypertension, with primary focus on African American Males > 50 years & > 140/90. PopulationManager Action Lists leveraged to retool EHR workflows. PopulationManager spotlighted as “fuel for population health” in presentation at Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance Measurement and Improvement. Forward Health Group’s pioneering work in Population Health for HIV showcased at Health Datapalooza.

  6. 2014

    KLAS Research™ names Forward Health Group a “High Performing Vendor” in the rapidly emerging population health management market and PopulationManager is the top-scoring product. Michael Barbouche invited to the White House. Forward Health Group achieves SOC 2 Type 1 Certification (Clifton Larsen Allen).

  7. 2015

    Fully engaged with the population health management market, Forward Health Group’s PopulationManager is, once again, top-rated by KLAS™. The company moves to its new location at 1 South Pinckney Street on Capitol Square in Madison, WI.

  8. 2016

    With Forward Health Group’s proven data aggregation and curation technology, large public hospitals in California are able to maximize Medi-Cal 2020 PRIME’s improvement incentives. Also, a new, revolutionary, visualization platform from Forward Health Group that uses claims data for health network management, PopulationCompass® shows early promise, begins testing.

  9. 2017

    Forward Health Group is awarded U.S. Patent No. 9,679,105 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent name is: System and method for the visualization of medical data. The patent is the first of its kind in the population health data analytics industry and covers data processes and visualizations that solve the ongoing challenge facing health care—data interoperability and validity.

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