MDLive hires new CEO, 23andMe president steps down, and more digital health job changes

By Heather Mack
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Telemedicine provider MDLive has hired Scott Decker as the company’s new chief executive officer. The company’s current CEO and founder, Randy Parker, will now be MDLive’s chief business development officer and also serve on the board of directors.

Decker comes to MDLive from HealthSparq, where he was also CEO and where he built a cloud-based healthcare shopping and price transparency platform for consumers. He also held executive roles at NextGen Healthcare and HealthVision, Inc.

“We are on the cusp of a technology-enabled consumer revolution in healthcare not dissimilar to what has been experienced in retail, travel, and banking. I was immediately impressed by the vision, technology platform, partnerships and team that Randy has assembled at MDLive," Decker said in a statment. "Having the opportunity to jump into the middle of this incredible growth story and help the team evolve to the next level was something that I couldn't pass up. I believe the rapid adoption of virtual care models over the next few years has the potential to dramatically change the healthcare landscape and MDLive will be a key catalyst in that change."

23andMe’s president Andy Page is stepping down from his post, which he has held since 2013. He is slated to leave next month and has not given an indication of where he will go next. He will, however, remain as a board member at the company. During his stint at the personal genomics company, Page worked to scale the consumer business and its team, and was in charge of product and engineering, marketing, finance, business development, laboratory operations and legal and regulatory issues. 

WebMD Health Services, a subsidiary of WebMD that offers wellness programs for employers and health plans, has hired Brad Kirkpatrick as the company's new chief client officer. In this role, Kirkpatrick will be in charge of further developing client and consultant relationships as well as driving the company's go-to-market sales strategy and revenue growth. Previously, Kirkpatrick worked as chief growth officer at Imagine Health, and prior to that, served as president of the employer and government market at Healthways. In both roles, Kirkpatrick was in charge of sales organization and strategy. 

"Brad's track record of generating revenue growth through strong client relationships and consultant encouragement, combined with his expertise in the health and wellness space, make him a strong addition to our leadership team," WebMD Health Services CEO Ben Slocum said in a statement. 

Salus Telehealth, which recently merged with Video Medicine to offer a full service telehealth company offering comprehensive telemedicine software and devices, now has a new, seven-member board of directors.

Dr. Charles Butler, creator of mobile doctor network Video Medicine, was elected chairman of the board. Butler is a philanthropist and former US Olympic athlete, and has started several entrepreneurial and fundraising ventures.

Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. was elected vice chairman of the board. Harris is currently CEO and managing partner of Versalius Ventures, which invests in early to mid-stage healthcare technologies and companies. Previously, Harris spent 10 years as a  NASA astronaut, making two space flights. He has used telemedicine in space and worked as the crew representative for shuttle software in the Astronaut Office Operations Development Branch.

Paula Guy, president and CEO of Salus Telehealth, was elected to the board as founding member. Guy helped build the nonprofit company Global Partnership for Telehealth and served on the board of the Georgia Health Information Exchange, the Georgia Technology Authority, and has worked as a speaker and consultant on telemedicine.

Dr. Frederick Feit, director of the Fellowship Training Program in Interventional Cardiology and an associate professor of medicine at NYU, has also been elected to the board. Brent Furse, who is currently the global chief commercial officer and president of the US division at Cardiorentis, has also been elected the board. Dr. David Flannery is also a new boardmember, and is the current medical director at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics in Bethesda, Maryland. Rene LaVigne, president and CEO of cloud-based message queue and processing platform company Iron Bow, has also been elected to the board.

Collective Health, which makes enterprise health insurance software, has brought on two new executives: Roy Gilbert will serve as the company’s new chief operating officer, and Jeff Hermosillo will be Collective Health’s senior vice president of sales and customer success.

Previously, Gilbert led Global User Operations at Google, a role that spanned 10 countries and put him in charge of operations across multiple business units. Directly prior to his appointment at Collective Health, Gilbert was an executive in residence at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and also served as chief executive to two education startups. He was a Lieutenant Commander in the Submarine Force for the Navy, and is an alum of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the US Naval Academy.

Hermosillo brings 20 years of sales management and customer service experience to Collective Health. He previously held executive roles at Blue Shield of California, UnitedHealth group and Kaiser Permanente, and most recently served as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Hearts Health’s Milliman Care Guidelines Division.

In the past year, the company has more than doubled the number of users on its platform, and now counts 70,000 members from 15 enterprise clients. As such, Collective Health has grown its workforce by 80 eighty percent and moved its headquarters up the peninsula from San Mateo to San Francisco.

Toronto-based Ehave, which is working on a software platform to help mental health practitioners diagnose and treat mental health disorders, has hired Prateek Dwiveldi as their chief executive officer. Dwiveldi will be responsible for accelerating development of the cloud-based platform that will serve as an objective data network to aid clinicians in their decision-making. The new CEO will also work to advance Ehave's digital assessment and rehabilitation tool (currently in clinical development) for ADHD. 

Dwiveldi brings 20 years of technology and healthcare leadership and experience. Most recently, he worked at Princess Hospital at the University Health Network in Toronto, where he was responsible for building a health and research informatics platform to capture and analyze cancer patient data. He also served as vice president and chief information officer at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.