by Guy LaTorre
The problem we solve: The global COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the deadliest viral outbreaks in the U.S. in over 100 years. The virus has been particularly deadly in Nursing Homes, one of the hardest hit healthcare settings, with residents and staff members accounting for almost 40% of the 200,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. The current CDC recommendations are for a strong infection prevention and control program, including performing infection surveillance, which is critical to protect both residents and healthcare personnel. COVID-19 is currently the biggest threat to Nursing Home residents, but they were already suffering – from the multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO) epidemic. According to the CDC, more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a result. Among all factors contributing to antibiotic resistance and the exponential growth of deadly MDRO infections is the overuse and misuse of antibiotics.
About our solution: SmartSteward Inc. has created a modular system that starts with the SmartSteward™ EYE, an Infection Surveillance & Alert System that fills the unmet need for tools for early detection of COVID, Influenza and MDROs in Nursing Homes in real-time. The SmartSteward EYE can immediately help address COVID-19 in Nursing Homes today, and will be an important foundation to help facilities automate the infection control process post-pandemic. Facilities can begin by implementing this surveillance module, then add additional modules that optimize antibiotic prescribing and reduce facility-wide antibiotic resistance.Progress to date:
We have achieved the following milestones this past year including:
Creator: Guy LaTorre
Education: University of Florida
Bio: Guy is the Company’s CEO & Chairman of the Board. He has over 25 years’ experience in medical device development and commercialization. He has served in numerous executive management positions in the regenerative medicine, dental and IVD spaces, and has had successful exits with previous companies. Guy has expertise developing solid global partnerships in multiple sectors.
CCO, B.S., MBA
Biography: Jeff, the Company’s Chief Commercial Officer, has extensive business development and entrepreneurial experience within the medical device industry and has led sales and marketing efforts for market leaders and innovators. He is the founder and CEO of a successful contract sales consultancy.
Advanced Degree(s): B.S., MBA
Medical Director, MD
Biography: Bob, SmartSteward’s founder and Chief Medical Officer, is an Infectious Disease Specialist and Epidemiologist with more than 20 years’ experience in antibiotic stewardship and infection control. He has designed and successfully implemented four different hospital-based Antibiotic Stewardship programs. Bob has assembled a dynamic team of clinical, software development and business commercialization experts.
Title: Medical Director
Advanced Degree(s): MD
Consultant ID Pharamcist, PhD
Biography: Sam is an experienced clinical pharmacist with expertise in antimicrobial stewardship. In addition to being an exceptional clinician, he has over thirty years of patient care, consulting, pharmacy administration, and change management experience.
Title: Consultant ID Pharamcist
Advanced Degree(s): PhD
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