On 40th Anniversary, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Honors Visionaries in Advancing Patient Care

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Inflexxion Founder & CEO Simon H. Budman recognized as "Vanguard Visionary."

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of Harvard Community Health Plan (HCHP), now known as Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. To celebrate, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates has published Transforming Patient Care: Quality, Innovation, Social Responsibility, a brief history of the organization that highlights the contributions of its founders and others who have made a significant impact advancing the delivery of patient care. Among those recognized as a "Vanguard Visionary" is Simon H. Budman, Ph.D., the founder and CEO of Inflexxion, Inc.

Dr. Budman joined the Harvard Community Health Plan as a staff psychologist in 1975, and went on to serve as director of Mental Health Research for HCHP (1981-89), associate director of the Insititute for Health Research (HCHP and the Harvard School of Public Health 1986-88), director of Mental Health Research, Training and Development (HCHP 1989-93), and director of Mental Health Training (HCHP 1993-96). Dr. Budman is widely known for the innovative mental health programs that he helped to develop at HCHP, particularly the model of short-term, intermittent psychotherapy. In 2000, he was recognized for that work with an award from the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Budman founded Inflexxion in 1989. Serving as President and CEO of the company, Dr. Budman has continued to pursue his vision of revolutionizing behavioral health care, leading the development of innovative tools and programs that are clinically tested for validity and efficacy. Inflexxion’s tools and programs are used nationally at substance abuse treatment centers, pain clinics, and universities to improve the quality of care and prevention in all of these settings. In recognition of Inflexxion’s work with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, it has been designated a "Model of Excellence" company.

"The history of our organization has always been about the future -- about the search for better ways to care for all patients. Those visionaries who led the way by revolutionizing the delivery of medical care four decades ago bequeathed to us a legacy of social responsibility in the practice of medicine," writes Gene Lindsey, M.D., President and CEO of Atrius Health and Harvard Medical Vanguard Associates. "We have honored their boldness and courage with our own continual belief in the centrality of the patient, and in our relentless quest to find new and better ways to make it easier for our patients to be healthy."

"My professional career started at HCHP. The opportunities that I had there inspired me to begin Inflexxion. My experience at HCHP also helped me to develop an organization which can improve health care and has a positive impact on people’s lives," says Dr. Budman. “I will forever be grateful to have been part of such a wonderful, pioneering system, and I hope that we at Inflexxion can emulate Vanguard Medical, continuing to increase the quality of health care through innovation.”

About Inflexxion
Founded in 1989, Inflexxion (http://www.inflexxion.com) leverages technology to improve public health. We create clinically validated tools and programs for critical areas of health care, including prevention and wellness education, addiction and pain treatment, and pharmaceutical risk management. These innovative, award-winning solutions help reduce health-related risks, enhance clinical outcomes, and positively impact the quality of care.

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