RICHMOND, Va. — MetaMD LLC — a Richmond-based company delivering educational programs for patients, hospitals, clinicians and physicians — announced today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Patient Education Programs LLC (PEP), a provider of interactive, multilingual health care and patient education programs since its founding in 2001.
“PEP, which was also based in Richmond, had established business relationships with over 120 hospitals in 40 states. We have assumed management responsibility for their programs and are excited to be taking them to the next level, in terms of quality and market penetration,” said Amanda Walton, President of MetaMD.
“We acquired PEP’s entire patient education portfolio, including its Parent Education Series, Digital Diabetes Educator and an interactive educational game for youth suffering from Sickle Cell, developed in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University,” Walton said.
“We are currently focused on our new parent education programs including NICU Knowledge™, Newborn Knowledge™ and Facing an Early Delivery™. On a national level,” she added, “we are actively engaging hospital systems, foundations and clinical specialists to provide them with high quality patient/parent education tools in the areas of neonatal intensive care, labor and delivery and prenatal care.
Principals in MetaMD, which was formed in 2013, are Amanda Walton, Co-founder, President and Director of Business Development and Ron Moore, Co-founder and Director of Strategy and Alliances.
Mrs. Walton has spent over ten years developing markets for leading healthcare organizations including device manufacturers, home health providers and physician education and training organizations. Operating MetaMD combines Walton’s clinical knowledge and business development skills with her interest in education and her desire to improve patient care. Hence, MetaMD’s stated mission is to improve healthcare through education.
Moore is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience with venture creation, mergers and acquisitions and identifying large scale business opportunities. Moore co-founded one of the first office supply superstore companies, which was acquired by Staples, and identified the opportunity for Circuit City to create CarMax.
“With the health care industry experiencing rapid change and increased pressure to provide more effective care at a lower cost, MetaMD will help do that with education-oriented products and services, Moore said. “MetaMD is already known for its high quality, intensive multi-day preceptorships that prepare physicians for specialized credentials in vascular ultrasound. Now, we also offer our proprietary, nationally recognized, cost-effective patient/parent education programs through labor and delivery and NICU units in hospitals of all sizes,” he added. “These programs not only increase patient engagement and improve health outcomes, they save hospital staff a tremendous amount of time and provide consistent delivery of important education messages.”
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