Pager hires new CEO and nine more digital health employee changes

By Heather Mack
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New York City-based Pager, which offers an app for on-demand house call services, has appointed Walter Jin as the company’s new CEO. In 2016, Pager formalized three large healthcare provider relationships: Weill Cornell, Evolution Health, and most recently, Baylor Scott & White Health. Since its inception three years ago, Pager says it has grown significantly and has many new healthcare industry partners and is working to bolster its healthcare expertise within the organization.

Jin has served as Pager’s Executive Chairman of the Board since 2015 and has a long history in healthcare. He is the cofounder of healthcare business-focused investment company Three Fields Capital and Pacific Healthcare Management, which provides business process outsourcing to health systems. Jin also cofounded the Healthcare Group at Carly Group and serves as the Executive in Residence at Johns Hopkins Medicine and an Innovation Fellows Technical Advisor at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

"I am very excited to take on a more active role with Pager,” Jin said in a statement. “As an investor and board member, I've witnessed some amazing milestones with Pager's platform technology. As Pager embarks on the next stage of growth in this complex B to B to C healthcare marketplace, we are focused on building a proprietary, sustainable digital health solution to deliver a truly high value-added patient experience."

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Healthcare communications company Vocera Communications has a new Chief Medical Information Officer: Dr. Benjamin Kanter will join Vocera to work closely with clinical experts to identify technology needs of the company’s hospital customers. Kanter, whose previous stints include CMIO positions at Extension Healthcare and Palomar Health, was hired for his knowledge on how to integrate technology with practicing medicine. At Extension, he worked to create a reverse look-up smartphone app so doctors can search for patients and identify and contact their assigned nurse. He has been a member of several corporate advisory boards including Cisco, Nuance, AirStrip Technologies and Spyglass Consulting.

“Dr. Kanter has a successful track record of intersecting medicine and mobile technology. We are delighted to add him to our team of clinical innovation experts. With his in-depth knowledge of clinical systems and technologies, he will provide valuable insight into what physicians and care teams need to improve workflows and communication,” said Brent Lang, Vocera President and CEO.  “We are very fortunate to add Dr. Kanter to our leadership team as we expand the interoperability of the Vocera Communication Platform and grow our market reach.”

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Digital respiratory health management company Propeller Health has hired two new executives to the team. Brad Lensing is now chief marketing officer, bringing over 20 years of consumer marketing experience to help expand the Propeller platform. Previously, Lensing worked as chief marketing officer at online mortgage marketplace Sindeo.

David A. Stempel will serve as Propeller’s senior vice president of Clinical and Medical Affairs. In this role, Stempel will lead the company’s efforts to demonstrate the clinical value and utility of Propeller’s technology for patients and health plans in reducing disease burden. Stempel, who did his pediatric residency and postdoctoral fellowship in allergy-immunology at Stanford, has spent 20 years in clinical practice and 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry, where he worked with GlaxoSmithKline.

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Abhas Gupta has left Wildcat Venture Partners to launch a health technology startup called Calyx Health, according to a post on his Facebook page.  Gupta worked at Wildcat for over five years and focused on automation and analytics across a range of industries, particularly digital health, financial services and retail and logistics. Calyx will work to help payers and providers identify quality incentives and coordinate care by streamlining patient data collection and analysis.

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Behavioral health startup Quartet Health has hired David Liu as president and chief operating officer. Quartet, which was launched in 2014, is currently partnered with health plans and provider organizations around the country to improve access to mental healthcare and make it more integrated into primary care. Now, as the company looks to expand into additional markets, Quartet tapped Liu for his experience in developing purpose-driven technology. He most recently served as president and COO of Knewton, which he helped grow from a consumer test prep startup into the personalized, data-driven adaptive learning company that it is today, serving large education publishers and institutions.

“Having seen first-hand how technology can transform a fragmented institution like global education, I am thrilled to join Quartet in leading new approaches to healthcare delivery by increasing efficiency at the system level,” Liu said in a statement. “Quartet has an inspiring mission to make mental healthcare more accessible and integrated into primary care. Helping people to quickly receive the right care is a societal imperative and gateway to improving the human condition.”

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With health shopping platform Castlight Health’s acquisition of Jiff, a digital health benefits platform, there will be a couple executive changes. Jiff CEO Derek Newell will become president of the new company, and Castlight President and chief operating officer John Doyle will take on the role of CEO. Current Castlight CEO Dr. Giovanni Colella will serve as executive chairman of the board of directors, focusing on deepening key partner and customer relationships.

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Boston-based Bain Capital Ventures has hired Yumin Choi as managing director. Choi will be responsible for leading the firm’s national healthcare investments across analytics, behavioral health, digital health, home and elder care and population health management. Choi most recently worked at HLM Venture Partners, where he managed early and growth stage investments across healthcare information technology, healthcare services and medical devices, and he previously worked at AbleTo, mPulse Mobile, Oceans Healthcare, Payspan, Spinal Kinetics and Vets First Choice.

“This is an incredibly active time for healthcare transformation, driven by market fundamentals and technology innovations – including big data, cloud and mobile delivery,” Bain Capital Ventures’ Managing Director Mike Krupka said in a statement. “Yumin brings focused experience and insight to the team, based on his prolific work with startups in the space.”

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The Henry Ford Health System, a six-hospital system headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, has brought on Wright Lassiter, III as their new president and CEO. Lassiter, who has served as president since 2004, became CEO effective January 1. Lassiter has worked closely with the organization’s team on several strategic planning efforts to fuel the system’s growth initiatives, which included mergers with HealthPLUS and Allegiance Health.

“During the past two years, our system board has had the pleasure to work with Wright and has found him to be a creative and compassionate leader with the right skills and experience to lead Henry Ford into our second century," Henry Ford board chair Sandra Pierce said in a statement. "Wright engaged actively with our community from the start and has a deep passion for our city's history, culture and determination to rebound."Lebron XIV 14 Low