Bill Evans joins Rock Health and four more digital health hires

By Heather Mack
03:24 pm

Bill Evans has joined Rock Health as the digital health seed fund company’s new managing director. Evans has worked with Rock Health since the company’s early days, and has worked at Genentech and Roche Diagnostics in informatics and product development roles. Prior to Genentech, Evans was a senior software engineer at Epinions and an analyst at Goldman Sachs.

“As a leader at one of our long-time partners, Bill has worked to support many of our portfolio companies over the years,” Rock Health wrote on their blog. “His thoughtfulness and passion for healthcare are unparalleled. We could not have found someone more qualified for the job.”

Digital specialty prescribing platform ZappRx has appointed Peter Wirth as executive chairman. Wirth brings more than 40 years of biotechnology expertise to the company, and is currently chairman of the board for cancer drug discovery company Therapeutics Holdings. Previously, he worked with Genzyme Corporation, and worked to build the company from a startup to a global, Fortune 500 company that was later acquired by Sanofi Aventis. In his new role at ZappRx, he will lead the company through its next growth phase.

"The specialty prescription ordering process isn't working as well as it should for key stakeholders," Wirth said in a statement. "I am honored to join ZappRx and work closely with their innovative Board of Directors and executive team to improve patient access to therapy and bring clinical data insights directly to the pharmaceutical industry."

BioIQ, a healthcare technology company that provides a platform for organizations to engage with their customers and measure health metrics, has hired Dr. Joshua Sclar as their new chief medical officer. Previously, Sclar held the same title at Ingenious Health, which was an early developer of mobile technology platforms for health risk assessment. He was also a member of the steering committee that created the Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub and has worked at the FDA and Columbia University. He is also a full-time practicing physician at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Spok, which makes a communications platform for healthcare employees, has hired two new employees. Dr. Andrew Mellin will serve as chief medical officer. In this new role, Mellin will serve as the representative for physicians, ensuring their communication needs are met in away that drives improvement in efficiency and quality of care. Previously, Mellin was VP and medical director at RedBrick Health, where he helped health systems increase patient engagement via consumer-facing population health and well-being solutions. Mellin also spent 15 years at McKesson in various positions. Spok also welcomes a new chief nursing officer, Nat’e Guyton, to create a clinical leadership team leveraging communication technologies to improve workflow and complement EHRs. 

Satchel, a company that uses connected devices to provide telehealth offerings to post-acute care providers, has made two additions to its board of directors: Joe Ivey and Curt Thorne. Ivey, who joins the company as chairman, is an associate professor and executive director of the Lipscomb Center for Entrepreneurship at Lipscomb University and a previous Fortune 500 CEO. Thorne, an investor with NueCura, is the former president and CEO of MedSolutions (now eviCore), a medical benefits management company.


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