Roundup of recent notable digital health hires: Zipnosis, PatientSafe, ResApp

By Aditi Pai
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Zipnosis, a telemedicine company, has hired John Jordan as the company’s SVP of sales and marketing. John Jordan previously served as VP of North American sales at dbMotion, a software company acquired by Allscripts in 2013, as well as senior VP of sales at GE Healthcare. At Zipnosis Jordan will develop new partnerships and revenue streams for the company. 

“John’s decades of experience in healthcare IT make him uniquely qualified to lead our organization to the next level,” Zipnosis CEO and Cofounder Jon Pearce said in a statement. “Not only has he been involved in the evolution of the industry but he also understands the runway in front of us.”

PatientSafe has announced a few new hires recently. Earlier this week, the company appointed one of its cofounders, Si Luo, to president and CEO. He first served as the director of business intelligence and product strategy and in 2011 took the role of chief of staff and business development. The company also hired Brant Castellow as vice president of sales and marketing and Amber Thompson as vice president of client services and customer success. Costello and Thompson both previously worked at Merck subsidiary Vree Health, which was acquired by PatientSafe in October 2015. Castellow worked as Vree Health’s VP of sales, while Thompson was VP of client services.

ResApp, which is developing smartphone apps that diagnose and manage respiratory disease, has announced that one of its cofounders, Brian Leedman, is now one of ResApp’s directors. Leedman also serves as ResApp’s VP of corporate affairs. Before founding ResApp, Leedman was VP of investor relations at pSivida. He also founded biopharmaceutical company Biolife Science Limited, which was acquired by Imugene Limited.

Cerner has announced that John Glaser will serve as the company’s SVP of population health and global strategy starting in April. Glaser was previously Cerner’s SVP of client administration. In a statement, Glaser said: “Population health management is the future of health care as the industry transitions to new payment models and focuses more on providing care outside the four walls of the hospital.”

RxAdvance, a pharmacy benefit management company, has added Misfit Wearables Cofounder and health tech investor John Sculley to its board of directors. Sculley will serving as RxAdvance’s vice-chairman. Before founding Misfit, which was acquired last year by Fossil, Sculley was CEO of PepsiCo as well as CEO of Apple.

Elemental Machines, founded by another Misfit cofounder, Sridhar Iyengar, launched this month. The company is developing smart lab technology. Iyengar is the company’s CEO. The company has also appointed Sonny Vu, previously Misfit’s CEO, to the company’s board. Following Misfit's acquistion by watchmaker Fossil, Vu now serves as that company's president and CTO of connected devices.