Sam Chaudhary came to California in 2011 with the goal of creating an educational tech start up company. He and his partner, Liam Don, created an app that grew in popularity quickly. They started from a blank slate, going to the teacher’s to see what was really needed for the classroom. They wanted to use their product to help with the question “What is the worst part of teaching?” With that drive and desire to help teachers, ClassDojo was created.
ClassDojo is a communication platform that gives parents the empowerment to stay connected with their child’s education. It works like a social media site, where teachers, students, and parents share information and memories to create a community like atmosphere in the classroom. This platform has caused a ground up change in the classroom. It is used in 2 of 3 schools across the country.
The startup raised 21 million in its second round of funding as compared to the 8.5 million in the first round. They want to keep ClassDojo free, but they envision features for at home use parents may wish to pay for. ClassDojo remains free for teachers, students, and parents and is available through apple, android, and pc. Teachers now are able to upload pics and videos to share experience. Students will be able to share their experiences and make a digital portfolio. Private messaging is available, as well as, class wide announcements, which is why the app functions similar to a social media network.
ClassDojo helps to keep the exchange of communication going between teachers and parents going, so those infrequent meetings are not full of surprises. Teachers do not have to worry with phone calls as much, and they have more time to make the positive calls. Those positive communications are what foster a good relationship between school and home.
ClassDojo is an app and web site accessible from most devices. It allows teachers to easily share communication, progress, and moments with parents to help keep them connected. The app has evolved from the communication/social media tool it started out as and has moved towards helping students accept ownership of their learning. With Student Story, students are able to collect memories from the class they want to share.
InnovaCare Health, a Puerto Rico-based provider of Medicare Advantage Plans and Physician Network services has partnered with HSS’s Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN). The mission of the partnership is to reform and transition the United States Health System by implementing alternative payment methods according to quality of services provided by physicians and medical specialists. The payment system is presently set up to process payments to healthcare providers based on quantity. LAN was introduced by HHS in March 2015 and designed to implement payment processing approaches in the public and private sectors in the U.S. Executives of InnovaCare, Richard Shinto, M.D. and Penelope Kokkinides have important roles of helping LAN accomplished their goals and mission.
The announcement of the partnership between InnovaCare Health and Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network was released on August 2nd, 2016. InnovaCare joined LAN to provide support of reforming the payment method program and to provide progress reports of the system transitioning to Learning and Action Network. LAN’s mission is to secure 30 percent of U.S. Healthcare payments to alternative payment methods (APMs) in 2016. By the end of 2018, the goal is to have 50 percent of payments converted to APMs. InnovaCare is committed to help accomplish those goals by measuring progression and participating in the LAN Nationwide Data Collection.
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InnovaCare will also participate in quantitive data survey and categorize payments for their Medicare and Medicaid Advantage Plans constructed on the framework of APMs. InnovaCare Health is a leading provider of managed healthcare services in Puerto Rico. The organization offers two primary care programs, Provider Networks, and Medicare Advantage & Medicaid Programs. Medicare Advantage Plan types include Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, Private Fee for Service, Special Needs Plans, and other plans. Each plan has its own set of rules pertaining to where and how to obtain health care coverage.
Dr. Rick Shinto presently serves as the President and Chief Executive Office in. He joined InnovaCare with more than 20 years of experience in clinical, care management and operational healthcare. Penelope Kokkinides currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer and brings 20 years of experience to the team. She specializes in Medicare and Medicaid governmental programs, health care management, organizational infrastructure, and operations. Dr. Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides will help LAN with their overall goal of reforming the U.S. Health System to process healthcare providers’ payments based on quality of services provided to patients, rather than quantity.