WellFX to serve San Joaquin centers

nbbjPublished in the North Bay Business Journal on 2/18/13 by Dan Verel.

Petaluma-based WellFX announced that United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley, a federally qualified community health center serving a patient population of 50,000, will launch the startup’s online social platform for its patients and employees.

In addition to the platform, United Health Centers will provide patients and employees with access to WellFX’s Resolution, a video-based exercise program and innovative dietary plan.

“We see this as the next step in providing the highest level of care to our patients and employees,” said Colleen Curtis, CEO of United Health Centers. “Over the past decade, research has shown that patient engagement models like WellFX’s can influence patient behaviors and lead to significant improvements in their overall health and wellness.”

Patients and employees enrolled in WellFX by their providers will have access to the standard features of the social platform, which offers users medically validated, educational and clinical content, as well as access to peers within their network, according to WellFX, which was luanched in mid 2012. Guerneville-based West County Health Centers signed on for the service in September 2012.

“United Health Centers consistently pioneers new approaches to comprehensive care for its growing patient community, and turns the heads of other facilities looking to adopt new programs,” said Jock Putney, CEO of WellFX.

United Health Centers operates eight free-standing health facilities in the cities of Parlier, Mendota, Sanger, Orange Cove, Huron and Kerman in Fresno County, Earlimart in Tulare County and Corcoran in Kings County.

Published in the North Bay Business Journal on 2/18/13 by Dan Verel.