FDA's patient committee and more digital health hires and appointments

By Jonah Comstock
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HIMSS has named Harold “Hal” Wolf III to be its new president and chief executive officer, following an extensive search process, the association announced Wednesday. He will succeed H. Stephen Lieber, who is stepping down as HIMSS CEO after more than 17 years.

Wolf has more than three decades of experience working in healthcare and technology, with deep expertise in integrated care models, consumer engagement, broadband and other IT innovation. More.

The FDA announced in a blog post that it will soon hold the inaugural meeting of its recently announced Patient Education Advisory Committee. The agency also announced the nine core voting members of the committee. The list includes:

  • Paul Conway (Chair), president of the American Association of Kidney Patients.
  • Katherine Seelman (Consumer Representative), professor emerita at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Cynthia Chauhan, cancer survivor and 17-year patient advocate
  • Amye Leong, president and CEO of Health Motivations
  • Dr. Monica Willis-Parker, minority engagement core director at the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Frederick Downs Jr., Vietnam veterand and former chief procurement and logistics officer at the VA
  • Bennet Dunlap, health communicator and diabetes advocate
  • Deborah Cornwall, patient advocacy expert and volunteer leader at American Cancer Society and Cancer Action Network.
  • Suzanne Schrandt, director of patient engagement at the Arthritis Foundation.

San Mateo, California-based PokitDok, which offers a suite of API-based software tools for appointment reminders, price transparency, patient check-in and more, has hired a new CEO to take over the business. Cofounder Lisa Maki has stepped down from the CEO role to make room for Joe Murad, a longtime Silicon Valley native who has served in executive roles at Extend Health and eHealth.

“As you can guess, this was not an easy decision,” Maki wrote in a blog post. “I loved my job and the company we've built. It's been the experience of a lifetime to bring our vision to life and see the company grow to impact and serve so many incredible customers and software developers. However, taking a page from some of the industry's most successful tech companies, it has been my intent for some time to bring in an experienced operator to realize PokitDok's growth potential and this move is timed to take full advantage of the market dynamics and accelerated company growth we've experienced in the last year.”

According to a report from CNBC, Missy Krasner, vice president and managing director of Box's healthcare and life sciences group, has left the cloud storage company for an as-yet undisclosed role at Amazon. Over the course of her career, Krasner has worked for ONC under the Bush Administration, helped create Google’s failed but historically important personal health record Google Health, and sourced a number of digital health deals as a VP at Morgenthaler Ventures.

Scott Anderson, director of athletics at Stanford University, is leaving the school to join digital health startup SyncThink, which uses VR headsets to measure concussion symptoms and recovery. At SyncThink, Anderson will serve as chief customer officer.

“It is truly a pleasure to join the team at SyncThink, and to continue to progress the groundbreaking work being done by [SyncThink founder and Chief Science Officer Dr. Jamshid] Ghajar,” Anderson said in a statement. “In the three years I have been using the EYE-SYNC technology, I have repeatedly stated that the solution is a game changer, and I look forward to adding my experience to the team as we continue to objectively measure and improve disorientation disorders for so many. Being able to do so in my own backyard here in Palo Alto just makes it even more exciting.”

Emergency services-focused tech company RapidSOS has added David Nagel, former CTO of AT&T and SVP for Research and Development at Apple — and current General Partner at Forté Ventures — to its Advisory Board.
 
“For over 30 years Dave has driven cutting-edge innovations at the intersection of technology and telecommunications,” Michael Martin, RapidSOS CEO, said in a statement. “Dave will be working with us to bring that same innovation to public safety, helping us connect any device – car, home, wearable, smartphone – directly to 911 and first responders in an emergency.”
 
RapidSOS already has an impressive board, including three former FCC Chairs.