Cloud 9

Innovative mobile platform for unserved behavioral health patients, providers and hospitals

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Digital Health • Health IT
Mental Health

The Problem We Solve

Mental health care is a broken $147 Billion industry. 1 in 4 Americans now have a diagnosable mental illness. Recent regulatory support will provide 62 million new Americans with mental health insurance coverage. Our platform is the leading solution in the marketplace to fully disrupt the remaining barriers preventing access to this desperately needed care. We are mobile, we are social, we are Cloud 9.

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Traction & Accomplishments

Pilot program, partnerships, healthcare institutions

Clinical/Regulatory Details

Regulatory Status

Fully HIPAA compliant, NO FDA approval needed. Regulatory support extremely high for insurance reimbursements due to MHPA and ACA.

Clinical History

Video telehealth for psychiatric talk therapy is proven effective by leading academic / industry research. Cloud 9's easy to use mobile platform is the leading designed product to deliver this validation to the consumer. Furthermore Cloud 9 is developing its patient behavior data platform based on best practices revolutionizing other healthcare sectors that solely focus on the body, not the mind.


J.C. Adams (Founder)

J.C. is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and lean startup driver, launching and leading companies in technology, marketing, real estate and healthcare. Mr. Adams first startup was launched as an undergrad at Baylor in 1994. Although too early to market, Student Link was one of the first social networks ever created. J.C.'s next venture - Expert Media was a successful 1996 foray into web development, hosting, and digital marketing. After a successful exit in 1998, he took his technology expertise into corporate real estate. Partnering with industry veteran Wayne Swearingen at Barclay Commercial Group, Mr. Adams built a reputation for generating high returns in investment brokerage and commercial leasing by leveraging technology. During 2009, after a decade of real estate success followed by the market/credit crash, J.C. took the time to search for a social enterprise where he could both "do good and do well."

Having lost 7 close loved ones to suicide and mental illness in his life, Mr. Adams realized the tremendous need for greater access to support and counseling in our society. Along with Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria (founder of Night Hawk Radiology and Planet Space), J.C. launched the Bless Me project in 2010 to provide professional, on demand counseling services via telephone and web to those of faith. The company developed a network of highly-trained clergy who care for clients with a level of convenience and confidentiality that has never existed before. This led to the formation of Cloud 9 in 2013 to provide licensed mental health care via a disruptive technological platform.

Scott Elrod COO (Founder)

Scott Elrod has a lifelong technical focus on applying entrepreneurial new business models for maximum impact into the IT, healthcare and finance industries. Having a mother go through systemic multi-organ Stage IV cancer brought him a new sense of urgency and desire to help the healthcare industry more adeptly adopt Silicon Valley technology.

He was formerly the Chief Information Officer of AmeriDoc, one of the largest nationwide telemedicine firms, where he grew their client base to 1,500,000 customers. Reporting to the CEO, he oversaw IT operations, competitive intelligence, telehealth industry/state legislative tracking, benefit broker ROI models, physician networks, Rx formularies, RFPs, and nurtured partner relationships at Mercer, Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, hospital systems, Transamerica Insurance and others.

He was also the IT director at the Asian American Chamber of Commerce and VP Program Development and Membership at the Association for Technical Analysis, focusing on genetic algorithms and applying technical analysis to fundamental historical datasets for predicting economic cycles. Elrod has also been manager of online projects & training at a daytrading brokerage firm, responsible for IT operations, stochastic daytrading models, and client services for the hedge fund industry. He assembled the largest private collection of stock market autotrader codesets. Throughout the nineties, he developed growth plans, projected sales ramps, and departmental hiring focus strategies for companies such as Pepsi, Oracle, Ernst & Young, and PwC.

William Matthews CMO
William has been a digital media executive and consultant in mobile and social technologies. His consulting client list includes Glam Media, Jumptap, Phluant Mobile, TodaCell, EveryScreen Media and Ring A Doc. William previously led products and mobile services for Flycell, Inc. as a Senior Director. He joined the company in the summer of 2006 to a fledgling start up and was an integral team member in building one of their services worldwide. During his tenure there, Flycell expanded into 8 marketable territories beyond the US, including emerging markets in Europe and Latin America. In 2009, he became U.S. Mobile Director of Omincom Media Group, the largest media planning and buying agency in North America and Adweek Global Media Agency of the Year, 2008, 2009. There, William oversaw all of OMD's U.S. mobile marketing activity, as well as strategic planning, tactical conception, new business development & negotiation, reporting and analytics, and account services. Since then William has founded ACME Mobility and InApp Media, continuing to lead successful mobile media practices for his clients.
Dr, Ken Hopper, MD, MBA
Dr. Hopper has led both clinical service & health plan organizations for over twenty-five years. He is an active psychiatrist with strong expertise in collaborative care integration as well as telehealth technology and practice. Dr. Hopper’s consulting expertise is sought by large behavioral healthcare institutions. Ken also spent 14 as Chief Medical Officer & VP of Clinical Innovations developing Humana’s behavioral health division, LifeSynch. Cloud 9 is fortunate to have Dr. Hopper join our team as we continue to innovate an industry in need.
Jake Frost
Jake has a strong financial background, with over 14 years experience in healthcare technology and as an investment advisor and entrepreneur. He has led several projects for McKesson Corporation as well as the Center for Disease Control and the Veterans Administration. We are happy to attract Jake's talent as well as his passion to improve mental healthcare for all.

Advisors/Board Members

Jay Beck (Advisor)
As VP of Strategic Marketing for Texas Health Resources, Jay has his finger on the pulse of the healthcare industry. He is a charismatic, passionate, and visionary healthcare leader who brings investors, customers and employees onto the same page to deliver profits and stakeholder value. He balances analytics, strategic information, and active listening in creating opportunities and innovative solutions. He looks to the numbers for financial trends, outliers and patterns to move the needle. He is a strong believer in Cloud 9's mission and his knowledge and connections will help ensure the company's success.
David Redfield (Advisor)
David is a 40 year veteran pioneering executive leadership of behavioral and chronic disease health care organizations. As the founder and COO at CorpHealth (acquired and rebranded to become Humana LifeSynch), he has been a primary innovator at one of the nation's largest mental health care networks. Beyond, he has led several mergers, acquisitions, and capital generation for entrepreneurial organizations in the industry, while also developing C-suite, executive talent for these organizations. He is a highly respected strategic visionary, board-level leader and former President of the American Managed Behavioral Health Association. David sought to join Cloud 9 understanding how the company's business model and technology strategy can transform this industry. He applies his total wealth of experience to fulfill the company's mission.