PatientPing hires former Spotify VP and more digital health hires

By Jonah Comstock
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In an increasingly common transition from the consumer tech world to health tech, former Spotify VP of Product Dave Rodger has moved over to Boston-based care coordination tech company PatientPing

“I feel strongly that healthcare providers should enjoy as high-quality an experience at work with technology as we do in our personal lives on our smartphone and web apps," PatientPing CEO Jay Desai said in a statement. "The reason we love products like Instagram, Facebook and Google is because they develop profound empathy for their users and build processes internally to improve their products extremely rapidly. Dave has led product development at companies like Spotify and TripAdvisor – that approach coupled with the deep healthcare expertise at PatientPing allows us to continuously improve the experience for the thousands of users that rely on us to seamlessly coordinate patient care.”            

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Precision medicine technology company Cota has announced a number of additions to its leadership team. Dr. Andrew Norton, who previously served as deputy chief health officer and lead physician for oncology and genomics at IBM Watson Health, will join Cota as chief medical officer. 

"This is an extremely exciting time for Cota as we have reached a major inflection point in the evolution of the company," CEO John Hervey said in a statement. "We have brought on some of the brightest minds in healthcare and health tech and assembled a stellar executive and senior leadership team – each of these individuals brings decades of experience that will usher Cota into the next phase of hyper growth."

In addition to Norton, Cota announced that former Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stuart Goldberg would assume the role of chief scientific officer. Thomas L. Gallucci will join as chief financial officer, Elizabeth Rushforth will join as chief legal officer, and Emmet O'Gara will join as senior vice president and chief revenue officer. Below the C Level, Ann Collins, Janhvi Patel, K. Marinka Natale, and Eva Werk will join as vice presidents of, respectively, pharmaceutical and life sciences strategy, strategic planning, payer-provider solutions, and marketing.

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Clinical trial technology company Bracket has hired Sam Whitaker as its new Chief Technology Officer. Whitaker previously served 10 years as cofounder and CEO of clinical payment technology company Greenphire.

"Sam Whitaker joins Bracket with highly specific knowledge of clinical trial technology and a complete understanding of our technological vision," Jeff Kinell, CEO of Bracket, said in a statement. "As we continue to solidify our position as a global leader in clinical trial technology and specialty services, it's imperative that we partner with our industry's most innovative minds to lead and implement industry-wide advancements."

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Sherman Sanchez, a 20-year healthcare veteran with experience at NextHealth Technologies and MedeAnalytics has joined health testing and biometric screening technology company BioIQ as senior vice president of sales and business development.

“Sherman is an innovator and veteran healthcare sales executive with a proven record of facilitating long-term business relationships,” CEO Justin Bellante said in a statement. "His market expertise, sales acumen and commitment to client satisfaction align with BioIQ’s drive to build the leading technology platform for health measurement, quality initiatives, and value-based care, while helping more people live their healthiest lives.”