Entrepreneur to head ATA, and other digital health hires and departures

By Dave Muoio
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Ann Mond Johnson will be taking over as CEO of the the American Telemedicine Association in early March, according to a statement released last week. She previously served as the CEO of Zest Health, served as board chair and advisor to ConnectedHealth, and has a history of entrepreneurship.

The CEO position’s previous occupant, Jonathan Linkous, stepped down last year after 24 years at the organization’s helm, with Chief Operating Officer Dr. Sabrina Smith serving in the interim.

“Following a rigorous search process during which ATA’s Board met with a number of very strong candidates, Ann quickly rose to the top of our list,” Dr. Peter Yellowlees, ATA’s board president, said in a statement. “ATA is well positioned as a global leader in helping consumers take more control over their health and wellness through telemedicine. Now, with Ann’s invaluable experience working across the healthcare spectrum with providers, payers and innovative technology firms, we have the powerhouse leadership to achieve our objectives, seize new opportunities and take telehealth to the next level.”

In addition, Gary Capistrant, the organization’s chief policy officer, recently told Politico that he would be departing his position, but still plans to focus on health technology and patient care during his future endeavors.

Virtual care company Zipnosis has brought on Dr. Lisa Ide as its new chief medical officer. Ide, who as the company’s medical director since 2016, will be succeeding Dr. Rebecca Hafner-Fogarty, who Zipnosis says will stay on as senior vice president of policy and strategy.

"In 2017, Zipnosis had a great year, and there is significant opportunity for us to continue that momentum with further development of customer-centric solutions that can broaden the adoption of virtual care,” Zipnosis CEO Jon Pearce said in a statement. “With both Dr. Ide and Dr. Hafner-Fogarty's expertise and industry background, we look forward to their visions impacting the platform's direction.”

Joseph Swedish, the executive chairman at health benefits provider Anthem, has joined Proteus Digital Health’s board of directors. Swedish has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, serving as the CEO for several health systems, and currently serving on the boards of CDW and IBM.

“Proteus has created a compelling solution to a problem that has plagued the pharmaceutical industry for decades: achieving outcomes in the real world that match those in clinical trials,” Swedish said in a statement. “Digital Medicines accurately measure medication ingestion and key health metrics. They present an opportunity for companies to engage in value-based contracts, where reimbursement for the drug is tied to a measured outcome.”

Denver-based DispatchHealth, which uses mobile technology to deliver on-demand acute care in homes and senior living facilities, has added Andrea Pearson as its chief marketing officer and David Friedersdorf as its senior vice president of provider solutions. Pearson comes from a nine-year stint at Healthgrades, where she most recently served as the company’s chief marketing officer. Friedersdorft previously served as vice president of sales at iTriage, and also held top positions at Airstrip, Healthgrades, and bConnected.

“Andrea and David come to DispatchHealth with impressive track records both in start-up healthcare companies and in partnering with large health systems to create new patient access points that increase convenience and quality, and eliminate unnecessary cost,” CEO and cofounder Dr. Mark Prather said in a statement. “We are thrilled to add their leadership and deep understanding of consumer-driven healthcare as we expand to new markets and pursue new partnerships with payers, health systems and senior communities across the country.”