Former Cleveland Clinic CEO joins Google, AbleTo brings on new CEO, and more digital health hires

By Dave Muoio
12:19 pm

Behavioral health technology provider AbleTo has announced Trip Hofer as its new CEO. Hofer most recently held the title of president of accordant health services as CVS Specialty, and prior to that held senior positions at OptumHealth and Health Dialog.

“I am thrilled to join an organization whose singular purpose is to tackle one of the biggest challenges facing our country: the behavioral health crisis,” Hofer said in a statement. “AbleTo has created positive outcomes for both patients and their health plans for years, and has recently made amazing advancements in the ways that data and analytics can be used in the identification, engagement and successful treatment of people with behavioral health issues co-existing with chronic medical conditions. My experience working with employers, payers, and consumers across a range of areas in health care will serve me greatly in the role.”

Dr. Toby Cosgrove has jumped on board the Google Cloud Healthcare and Life Sciences team as an executive advisor, according to a blog post announcing the appointment. Cosgrove was previously CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, and will be lending the company insight on how digital technology, AI, and automation can best support flagging practitioners.

“While patients benefit from streamlined sharing of medical records and improved diagnoses that have resulted from the digitization of healthcare data, they miss the warmth and connection they used to have with their providers,” Dr. Gregory J. Moore, VP of healthcare at Google Cloud, wrote in the blog post. “We’re thrilled to have Dr. Cosgrove on board to help us tackle the Quadruple Aim, drawing on his several decades of experience at the forefront of American medicine. 

Sean Slovenski, formerly the VP of innovation at Humana, has joined Walmart as the senior VP of health and wellness, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg. Most recently Slovenski was the president of Healthways’ population health business, and and also ran Intel and GE’s healthcare partnership, Care Innovations.

Connected medical device cybersecurity firm MedCrypt has brought Vidya Murthy on board as the company’s new vice president of operations. Coming from medical device manufacturer Becton Dickinson, Murthy will take charge of business development, strategic support, and expansion for her new company.

"Vidya's dedication to people and product development, combined with her experience in the field of healthcare cybersecurity, is exactly what MedCrypt needs to accelerate our growth," Mike Kijewski, MedCrypt CEO and cofounder, said in a statement. "She is diligent and resourceful, and we couldn't be more excited about her joining the team.”

One Medical, a consumer-focused primary care group with a telemedicine-enabled digital patient platform, has hired on Lindsey Belknap and Chris Peel as director of brand and creative director, respectively. Belknap comes directly from Google, where she was a senior product marketing manage who led Nest’s brand strategy. Peel was most recently the design director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and over the past decade has worked on branding projects for Comcast, Geico, the JFK Presidential Library, and the Surfrider Foundation.

“The addition of Chris and Lindsey will continue to set One Medical apart from other medical providers as they work to hone the brand and further improve the One Medical experience for both patients and providers,” the company wrote in an emailed statement.

Following a new round of financing, Bernard Davitian, SVP and managing director of Sanofi Ventures, has joined prescription digital medicine developer Click Therapeutics’ Board of Directors.

“We’ve evaluated many companies in this space, and we believe Click Therapeutics’ mobile patient engagement platform positions the company to be a leader in the field of prescription digital therapeutics,” Davitian said in a statement. “Click’s platform enables the company to target multiple indications efficiently and effectively, and we have invested with the intent of partnering across a variety of therapeutic areas. Sanofi Ventures is excited to join Click on this journey of building a new pillar of medicine.”


Healthcare investment banking firm Edgemont Capital Partners has brought on Kojo Appenteng to lead the group's Healthcare Information Technology Investment Banking franchise, the company announced today. Appenteng has more than 20 years of industry experience and has executed transactions worth an excess of $20 billion in aggregate valuation. 

“It is very exciting to welcome Kojo to Edgemont,” Jeff Swearingen, cofounder of Edgemont Capital, said in a statement. “Kojo brings experience, relationships, and deep expertise across both healthcare and technology — a unique skill set and perspective that we are excited to have at Edgemont. We look forward to partnering with him as we continue to extend our platform.”


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