EarlySense announces new COO position and other digital health hires and departures

By Dave Muoio
04:33 pm
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EarlySense, a maker of continuous remote monitoring devices, has announced Karissa Price-Rico as its new chief operating officer. This will be a new position intended to support the company’s growth within the hospital, post-acute, and consumer health markets, with Price-Rico overseeing operations across all of the company’s divisions.

"On the heels of our recent accelerated market traction, we are excited to welcome Karissa as our COO to help meet the growing demand for our monitoring and data solutions across the continuum of care," EarlySense CEO and cofounder Avner Halperin said in a statement. "Karissa's broad healthcare experience and deep home care knowledge will be instrumental in our ongoing efforts to empower medical teams to save lives and enable consumers to achieve better health, while enhancing patient safety and improving outcomes.”

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Brian Ellerman, digital and analytics initiatives lead at Sanofi, will be leaving his position at the pharmaceutical company at the end of the month. Ellerman told MobiHealthNews that he will be leading a digital health initiative for the city of Tucson, Arizona, which will work with the University of Arizona to establish a digital health accelerator and a co-laboratory space.

Charles Wu has been announced as Catalia Health’s new director of product management. Wu, a veteran of Facebook and Twitter’s mobile units, will be overseeing the platform’s roadmap and define current and future requirements for the product, according to the statement.

"I joined Catalia Health because of the promise of helping people, but also because of the opportunity to explore something truly new," Wu told MobiHealthNews. "We have the ability to take real research out of the lab to a broad group of patients — that is going to help people who have never been helped before."

Cheryl Reid-Haughian has joined CellTrak Technologies as vice president of clinical informatics, the care delivery management company recently announced. Previously, Reid-Haughian worked on an outcome-based care delivery system and a technology-enabled clinical information systems for a Canadian home health care provider.

“We are pleased to have Cheryl join the team as an industry advisor for CellTrak,” Mark Battaglia, CEO of CellTrak, said in a statement. “Cheryl brings extensive experience in home health care and technology industries and will work alongside Deb Mulholland, specifically focusing on ensuring CellTrak’s Care Delivery Management solution supports safe and high-quality interdisciplinary care and optimized care delivery. I’m confident that Cheryl and Deb will help provide innovative strategies, both internally and externally with our customers, to continuously improve quality of care delivery.”

Online peer-review journal Blockchain in Healthcare Today has announced Dr. John D. Halamka as its editor-in-chief. Halamka is the International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School as well as the chief information officer for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Previously, he was also CEO of MA-SHARE, and a chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel.

"We are poised at the foot of a precipice. Blockchain technology challenges us with an opportunity to remonstrate the inequality and inefficiency of legacy systems, frustrations on front lines honoring the Hippocratic Oath, and elevate care excellence, and the health and wellness of global health citizenry,” Tory Cenaj, founder and publisher of the journal, said in a statement. “The question is whether the ideals of those that forge an egalitarian system succumb to recreating a similar rewards system, on a different platform. I believe John understands this, and brings the virtuoso and impartiality of science and humanitarianism to Blockchain in Healthcare Today.”

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