PHOENIX, Ariz. (October 20, 2023) — Vālenz® Health proudly announces the appointment of Chris Harber as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Harber officially joins the company on October 23, 2023.
Harber comes to Valenz from Amwell, one of the world’s largest telehealth companies, with a platform that enables health plans, providers and innovators to achieve their digital ambitions and deliver hybrid care that interweaves in-person, automated and virtual care. As Senior Vice President and General Manager, Harber oversaw Amwell’s clinical services business and was instrumental in driving key advances in member access and experience.
In his role as COO and a member of the Valenz executive team, Harber will build scalable systems, align processes and procedures with highly complex and changing industry regulations, and ensure implementation of the necessary operational controls to drive sustainable business growth.
“We are thrilled to have a leader of Chris’ caliber joining the Valenz Health team,” said Rob Gelb, Chief Executive Officer. “His deep experience with health tech companies of all sizes and his expertise with a future-ready care delivery platform make him a perfect match for the way Valenz serves our customers and their members. In leveraging his insights, his effective decision-making and his ability to develop agile and intuitive solutions, we are well positioned to further optimize the Valenz platform for smarter, better, faster healthcare.”
Harber’s health tech experience includes senior executive positions with Availity and TriZetto Provider Solutions. With a degree in finance from the University of Kansas, Harber lives with his family in St. Louis.
“Valenz is already a progressive, highly successful business model, and I’m looking forward to partnering with the team to drive further growth and scale of the operation while delivering industry-leading outcomes to our customers,” Harber said. “This is a tremendous opportunity to bring the health plan of the future to the self-insured market. The strong, vigorous and healthy culture of Valenz is a natural fit, and I’m eager to get engaged with this talented and passionate team as we collaborate to simplify healthcare and help members take charge of their health.”
About Vālenz® Health
Vālenz® Health simplifies the complexity of self-insurance for employers by consolidating health plan solutions on a single platform – the industry-leading Healthcare Ecosystem Optimization Platform. Valenz has deep roots in clinical and member advocacy, alongside decades of expertise in the validation, integrity and accuracy of claims, and a suite of risk affinity solutions. With a steadfast commitment to data transparency and decision enablement, and an omnichannel approach across the healthcare journey, Valenz engages early and often to optimize healthcare for the provider, payer, plan and member, delivering improved cost, quality and outcomes for employers and their members – for smarter, better, faster healthcare. More information is available at valenzhealth.com.