Roundup: Notable digital health hires at Alivecor, Oscar, and Reflexion

By Brian Dolan

Alivecor has hired two more Googlers following the appointment of its new CEO, who is also a Google alum. Frank Petterson and Simon Prakash join the company as VP of products & design and VP of engineering, respectively. Petterson led Google's engineering team for YouTube Live and Gaming. He also led engineering for Hangouts and the Google+ iOS app. Prakash was the Senior Director of Product Hardware Development at Google, where he led design and development of the current and future versions of Google Glass.

The University of Texas Dell Medical School has hired Austin entrepreneur and investor Mellie Price as its new executive director of technology innovation. Price's new role is identifying, attracting, testing, funding and developing “technologies designed to work within the new health care delivery platforms that the medical school’s leaders are trying to pioneer,” according to a report in the local newspaper, Austin American-Statesmen.
Oscar Insurance has hired Alan Warren as its new chief technology officer and senior VP of engineering. The position has been vacant since Fredrik Nylander left last June. Warren spent about a decade at Google where he recently served as a VP and the company’s top engineer focused on consumer-facing apps, according to a report in Modern Healthcare. Warren previously spent about 10 years at IBM Research focused on next-generation devices.

Reflexion Health, a physical therapy-focused digital health and telemedicine company, has named Joseph Smith, MD, PhD, as its new CEO after Dr. Smith served as interim CEO since December. He's been a board member since late 2012. Previously, Dr. Smith was the founding chief medical and science officer at the West Health Institute, a medical research organization established in 2009 by the Gary and Mary West Foundation. He also served as president of the West Health Policy Center and manager of the West Health Investment Fund. Reflexion spun out of West Health and its technology is based on researched done at the institute.