About LeadHealth

The Future of Medicine

Employers are exploring opportunities to control rising healthcare costs while keeping workers healthy, productive and on the job. LeadHealth partners with these self-insured employers to provide access to personalized care for employees by addressing the root cause of their chronic disease through Functional Medicine. Whether your organization is ready to explore an on-site work clinic, provide access to telemedicine or a combination of both, the Team at LeadHealth can design a healthcare solution tailored to your workforce.

Broken

Healthcare is broken. Costs are spiraling out of control, yet as a population, we seem to be getting sicker.

Technology

We have the technology and the know-how to solve the problem, but the American healthcare system itself is standing in our way.

Medicine

We believe the next era of medicine will be led by the revolutionary acts of the real payers for healthcare – employers and the people on their health plans.

Tools & Strategy

LeadHealth provides the specific tools and strategy for companies ready to control the cost of healthcare by transforming the health of their health plan members.

Our Vision

A $3 Trillion Riddle

How could the US increase its annual per capita investment in healthcare by more than 5,000% without materially improving the health of the population?

As vexing and multi-faceted as this question seems to be, we believe the answer is simple. We’re bankrupting ourselves by defining health as the absence of symptoms of disease.

Think about it for a moment… Consider your own approach to managing your health.

When you go to the doctor with a rash, you want the rash gone. So you expect a prescription for some ointment. When you have a headache, you treat yourself by taking an Advil so it will go away.

The question that everything in healthcare hinges on is What? What is the problem? What is the right pill to make it go away?

Here’s the catch. When it comes to our health, the symptom that bothers us almost never is the cause of the problem. You didn’t get the headache because your body was low on ibuprofen.

So in our never-ending battle to suppress our symptoms, we rarely find or solve the underlying causes. So our problems accumulate. And the medications create new problems over time – the symptoms of which we treat with more medication.

The problem isn’t medication. Drugs can be life saving. The problem is our strategy for managing health.

LeadHealth changes the fundamental question from What? To Why? Before rushing to suppress the symptom at any cost, our physicians seek first to understand what caused the symptom in the first place. The simple fact is – the most efficient way to restore and manage health is by treating the cause of the problem.

Disease is a lot like a weed growing in your garden. Would you rather clip it, or pull it up from the root?

Our 10 Principles

It would be crazy to establish a partnership of this significance without understanding the core beliefs that govern your partner. So here are ours…

  1. Good health is earned – not given. Health and disease flow from the interaction between our environment, lifestyle, and genetics. We control two of the three variables. What we do about it is up to us.
  2. The path to restoring health begins with identifying and treating the cause of disease. Any other approach leads to dependency on healthcare and never-ending costs.
  3. Disease management as a health objective is like pouring water into a bucket with a hole in it.
  4. Disease is considered a natural part of the aging process. We believe that health is a person’s natural state, and committed people can create health.
  5. Health is shaped by the cultures in which we exist and the structures that govern our access to health services. To be successful in managing health and healthcare costs, employers must align structure, culture, and access to health services.
  6. People are as unique as their fingerprints. The ability to restore and grow health hinges on the acceptance of this fact and the personalization of health services.
  7. The primary care physician relationship is the most critical partnership we establish in our individual quests for health. This person must be selected carefully.
  8. Healthcare is not a commodity service. There are good doctors and bad ones. It is well worth the effort to help people successfully navigate the health care system to find value.
  9. Health is a skill. It must be taught, learned, and practiced. Primary care is as much about teaching and coaching as it is about treating.
  10. The highest risk, highest claimants, are our highest priority. Most companies in the employer health field write people off as too sick or too complex to be impacted by workplace health initiatives. We view these individuals as our greatest opportunity for human impact and cost savings

Leadership Team

Sonja Horner

Sonja Horner

President & CEO

Sonja Horner began her career in consumer based marketing for Raycom Media in 1999. She was able to recognize emerging markets and trends across the broadcast group that harnessed viewer’s interests and generated non-traditional revenue for the broadcast group. One of the trends that surfaced in early 2008 was the privatization of healthcare. In 2009, Sonja began consulting cardiologists and primary care physicians on membership based medical practice.

In 2011 she co-founded n1Health, a national company that specialized in actively funding membership based medical practices. Her experience in operationalizing retail medicine business models and working with physicians to design medical services that deliver improved outcomes, lead her to the employer space. In 2015, she partnered with AIA to form LeadHealth a company that operates work site clinics that are uniquely designed to address employee symptoms at the source, resulting in fewer medications and improved well being.

Concierge Medicine Today has recognized Ms. Horner, as a Leading Woman in the Industry of Healthcare.

Tom Blue

Tom Blue

Chief Strategy Officer

Tom Blue is a veteran and pioneer in the field private (“concierge”) medicine. As a builder of private physician practices since 2002, he has a unique perspective on the history and evolution of the industry and the ingredients for success at the practice level.

In 2009, Tom accepted the role of Executive Director of the American Academy of Private Physicians, the national professional association for private physicians. Under his direction, the Academy has re-branded itself, found its voice in the national media, and grown significantly to serve the ever-expanding ranks of physicians who are reinventing themselves and their practices across the United States.

 Tom co-founded n1Health in 2011. As of 2014, n1Health had physician partners in 7 states and was the fastest growing firm of it’s kind. In 2015, Tom aspired to impact healthcare on a larger scale and partnered with AIA to form LeadHealth.

He is a frequent speaker who in the last year, has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, CNN/Money, Business Week, and numerous other print, television, and radio media outlets in connection with his work.

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