Roundup of recent, notable digital health hires: Google, IBM, Medullan

By Aditi Pai
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IBM Watson HealthGoogle subsidiary Alphabet, has hired Dr. Tom Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), to spearhead the company's mental health efforts in its life sciences division. Insel has worked as director of NIMH for 13 years before he moved to Google. In a statement about his transition, Insel said, "The GLS mission is about creating technology that can help with earlier detection, better prevention, and more effective management of serious health conditions. I am joining the team to explore how this mission can be applied to mental illness."

IBM has brought on Deborah DiSanzo, previously CEO for Philips Healthcare, as general manager for IBM's Watson Health global headquarters, which recently opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts. DiSanzo will lead more than 2,000 IBM employees in the Massachusetts-based office. In this role, according to IBM, she will expand IBM Watson Health Cloud's capabilities and oversee the company's clients, collaborators, and partners including Johnson & Johnson, Apple, Medtronic, Epic, and CVS Health.

Livongo, the diabetes management company launched last fall by former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman, has hired Dr. Jennifer Schneider, former Chief Medical Officer of Castlight Health, as its Chief Medical Officer. In her new role, Schneider will be responsible for product development, clinical analytics, and the company's clinical studies. In a statement, Schneider said she is "excited to be a part of a company that is reinventing chronic care management for the betterment not only of each individual, but of the system at large."

RightEye, a digital health startup that uses eye tracking technology to measure a user's visual skills, has hired Barbara Barclay, previously general manager of the North American division of Tobii Technology, as president. Tobii Technology is a Swedish technology company that develops products for eye control and eye tracking.

Medullan, a digital health consultancy, has hired Rebecca Lord to lead the company's global user experience practice. As part of her new position, Lord will work with a number of big name healthcare companies including the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP) and Illumina. Lord has previously worked at Oracle Endeca and Forrester Research.

As part of its acquisition of MobiHealthNews, HIMSS Media has also hired Brian Dolan, Jonah Comstock and me.