Highland Capital founder Bob Higgins joins the board of Advanced Practice Strategies

In addition to  consulting and blogging, I’m chairman of Advanced Practice Strategies, an innovative, high-growth eLearning company in Boston. We’re excited to welcome Bob Higgins to the board. Here’s the press release:

Boston, Mass., September 13, 2011 — Advanced Practice Strategies (APS), the leading provider of continuing medical education solutions for risk management and patient safety, today announced that Robert F. Higgins, founding partner of Highland Capital Partners and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, has been elected to APS’ Board of Directors.


“Bob has a remarkable track record working with early-stage healthcare companies,” said Dennis Ferrill, chief executive officer of APS. “His expertise in the healthcare industry will enable him to make significant contributions to the APS board. I look forward to working with him as APS undergoes a period of rapid growth and expansion as we advance outdated continuing medical education practices and dramatically improve patient safety.”


“APS represents an outstanding opportunity to expand the knowledge base of our nation’s medical professionals,” said Higgins. “Medical error is a massive and growing problem. APS is building the next generation of learning tools for physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. I look forward to working with Dennis and the team to improve the performance of clinical professionals and enhance patient outcomes.”


At Highland Capital Partners, Higgins has helped build many successful companies in the healthcare service, IT, medical device, and biotechnology sectors. He has served as a director for numerous public and private firms. Higgins is a former director of the National Venture Capital Association and president of the New England Venture Capital Association. In addition, he has been recognized by the prestigious Forbes Midas List and AlwaysOn Venture Capital 100 as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry.


At Harvard Business School, Higgins co-created and currently teaches a course titled “Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital in Healthcare.” He is a member of the Healthcare Initiative, the Social Enterprise Initiative, and the Harvard Faculty Committee for the MD/MBA program. In addition, he received the 2008 HBS Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award.


Prior to founding Highland, Higgins was the chief executive of the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Clark Foundation, and the Burden Foundation. He was also assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and assistant to the head of the international division of the U.S. Treasury. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.


About APS

Advanced Practice Strategies (APS) is building the next generation of continuing medical education for physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. APS is dedicated to improving the lives of both patients and their caregivers through effective, innovative education solutions. APS’ flexible, state-of-the-art eLearning program has helped hospitals and clinicians reduce risk and enhance patient safety across the country. APS’ Demonstrative Evidence Group is the nation’s leading provider of visual strategies and materials for courtroom defense against medical malpractice claims. Strategic partners include the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions and the Hospital Corporation of America. APS is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. For more information, visit http://www.aps-web.com.

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Media Contact: Don Goncalves, dgoncalves@tizinc.com, 781-793-9380

September 16, 2011

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