Roundup of recent digital health hires: Australia Digital Health Agency, IMS-Quintiles, SAP Connected Health

By Jonah Comstock
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Tim Kelsey, who served as the first National Director for Patients and Information for England's National Health Service (NHS) has moved down under to serve as CEO of the Australian Digital Health Agency, a new governmental body that will become the system operator for My Health Record, the Australian government's e-health record system, as well as setting the national agenda for other health IT initiatives in Australia. More.

IMS Health and Quintiles, which expressed their intention to merge in May, have announced the leadership structure for the merged company, led by IMS CEO Ari Bousbib. Here's the breakdown, via a press release from the companies: "Senior functional leaders reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ari Bousbib will include Michael McDonnell, EVP and Chief Financial Officer; James Erlinger, EVP and General Counsel; and Trudy Stein, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer. Global business leaders reporting to Mr. Bousbib will include, for the clinical research business, Tom Pike, Vice Chairman and President, Research & Development Solutions; and for the commercial business, Kevin Knightly, President, Information and Technology Solutions; José Luis Fernández, President, Global Services; Jon Resnick, President, Real-World Insights; and Scott Evangelista, President, Contract Sales Organization." More.

German software company SAP announced a new president of its recently formed Connected Health group. Thomas Laur, who most recently served as CEO of Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, will bring "expertise in global revenue management, product innovation, corporate strategy, organizational and mergers and acquisition" to the role according to SAP. “SAP has contributed to the improvement of healthcare for more than a decade,” Steve Singh, a member of the SAP executive board, said in a statement. “With the recent establishment of the SAP Connected Health group, we are now poised to take a broader role, and Thomas is the right leader to move our efforts forward." More.

Home health software maker ClearCare announced a recent hire when it announced its $60 million fundraise last week. Bala Krishna Nakshatrala, former vice president of engineering at Mastercard, has joined ClearCare as VP of engineering. Prior to Mastercard, Nakshatrala worked for a variety of companies in the financial technology sector. More.