HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Oct 23, 2014) - Next Wave Connect, provider of the first social collaboration platform created specifically for the healthcare industry, announced today that its founding chairman, Ivo Nelson, has been named to a key international network of healthcare ambassadors by Healthcare DENMARK. The Danish organization is a respected gateway for international industry stakeholders who wish to experience and learn from Denmark's long-recognized healthcare system and solutions. Healthcare DENMARK's vision for its new ambassador network is to leverage its national care-delivery model to drive more refined, efficient, and patient-centered healthcare systems around the world. Next Wave's Nelson believes he and his company can support that vision through the power of public and private healthcare communities and social media.
The goals of Healthcare DENMARK and its Ambassador Summit align strategically with Next Wave Connect's mission to establish a collaborative platform and a unique information marketplace for healthcare industry experts -- including healthcare providers and vendors -- that foster dynamic, real-time dialog and create productive virtual healthcare communities. Through their public and private collaboration, these communities gain new capabilities that help members navigate the challenges posed by today's competing demands for healthcare delivery, management, and financing reforms.
"Patient-centered healthcare requires a closer cooperation between different healthcare actors, so being able to connect the dots between the social system and healthcare is becoming increasingly important," said Hans Erik Henriksen, Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare DENMARK. "We have named Ivo Nelson -- with his distinguished track record of innovation leading to the founding of Next Wave Connect -- as a Summit Ambassador because he understands the power of communities across our industry to drive change globally and within the United States, just as communities have done so successfully over the years in Denmark."
Next Wave Connect is healthcare's only information marketplace, bringing together industry experts and fostering collaborative, virtual healthcare communities. The company, in line with Healthcare DENMARK, believes that the combination of synergies created through social media and shared experiences can result in new methodologies, enhanced processes, and better integrated systems -- all of which work to directly benefit the patient.
"For years, Denmark's success in establishing a patient-centered national healthcare system based on wellness rather than illness has earned the praise and respect of nations around the world -- countries such as our own, who are still striving to achieve similar models," said Next Wave's Nelson. "I look forward to representing our country and Next Wave Connect at the Ambassador Summit; collaboration with this accomplished group of international healthcare ambassadors will help us create new global communities in ways that bring Denmark's best healthcare practices -- and those of other nations -- home to the United States and to the patients whose wellbeing should always be our primary focus."
As a Healthcare DENMARK Summit Ambassador, Nelson will join internationally accomplished colleagues from the United States such as Dr. David Brailer, CEO of Health Evolution Partners and former National Health Information Technology Coordinator under the administration of President George W. Bush; and Dr. Paul Grundy, Global Director of Healthcare Transformation for IBM Corporation.
About Next Wave Connect
Next Wave Connect is the first healthcare industry-specific, social collaboration solution connecting healthcare professionals and peers -- of all types, from across healthcare organizations -- giving them a place to collaboratively solve the industry's most challenging problems. Next Wave Connect, a Seattle, Wash.-based company, is owned by Next Wave Health of Houston, Texas, a strategic advisory and investment firm for the healthcare industry. For more information, visit www.nextwaveconnect.com.