– Appointment underscores Aetna’s commitment to improve health outcomes and reduce overall cost in the global markets in which Aetna operates –
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aetna (NYSE: AET), a leading global diversified health care benefits company, announced today that Matthew Hunt has been appointed managing director, Health Services, of Aetna International. In this role, Hunt will focus on further expanding Aetna’s Health Management Services business, which uses clinical analytics and wellness programmes to help improve health care quality and outcomes for governments and corporate employers around the globe. Hunt’s responsibilities will include the existing UK health management business which delivers health care management solutions and commissioning support services for the NHS.
Hunt joins Aetna from McKesson Technology Solutions where he served as vice president of international sales and marketing. In that role, he established the care management business for McKesson’s international operations group.
“We are delighted to have Matthew joining Aetna at such a pivotal time for global health care and for Aetna International,” said Sandip Patel, head of Aetna International. “Many global health economies face similar challenges stemming from an aging population coupled with a greater incidence of chronic illness and metabolic disease. We’re also seeing lifestyle choices becoming more a prevalent cause of chronic conditions, a trend that is contributing to an alarming growth in health care costs across the globe. Governments, providers and employers share the challenge of developing and managing models of care that respond to these significant demands.”
In the UK, Aetna has been working with various Primary Care Trusts and GP organisations since 2007, delivering health data analytic, care management, wellness and other commissioning-related services. As experts in clinical analytics, Aetna uses data to understand the health needs of a specific population and proactively target wellness programmes and services that are relevant to that population. Aetna’s health management services experience extends globally, including the UK, U.S., China and the Middle East, where the company is helping providers, employers and government entities reduce health care costs, such as unnecessary medical utilisation, and improve quality of care and health outcomes.
“Joining a team with an already successful track record of providing high quality patient-centred solutions is hugely rewarding,” said Hunt. “Aetna is committed to the continued support of the NHS as the UK evolves its health care form efforts. We also are focused on expanding and growing the business for Aetna’s corporate clientele in helping to manage the health of employee populations.”
Hunt began his career in sales and marketing for the medical and financial sectors, serving in positions of increasing responsibility. In 2004 he joined global medical assistance company International SOS as its European director of patient support services and in 2008 was named corporate development director for Northern Europe. The following year, Hunt joined McKesson as director of care management and subsequently was named to his most recent post. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Liverpool John Moores University.
About Aetna International
Aetna International is committed to helping create a stronger, healthier global community by delivering comprehensive health benefits and health management solutions worldwide. Aetna International’s expatriate business is one of the industry’s largest and most prominent U.S.-based international health benefits providers, supporting more than 400,000 members worldwide. The organisation’s expatriate offerings include medical, dental, vision, life, disability and emergency assistance. Aetna International’s health management business collaborates with health care systems, government entities and plan sponsors around the world to design and build locally-applied health management solutions to improve health, quality and cost outcomes. For more information, see www.aetnainternational.com.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.