Roundup of recent digital health hires: Runkeeper, EpicMD, iBeat, Sommetrics, Optima, Alignment

By Jeff Lagasse
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Now that Runkeeper has joined ASICS as part of the latter’s recent acquisition, Dan Smith, Runkeeper’s CEO, will have a new role -- head of global digital for ASICS. Smith was chief operating officer at RunKeeper prior to becoming CEO in January, taking over for founder Jason Jacobs. Jacobs will remain on in an advisory role.

“This has been a long time coming,” Jacobs wrote in a post on medium. “(It) just formalizes what has already been occurring naturally over the last several months. Scaling a global operating function takes a very different skillset than leading an early stage startup and I have no doubt that Dan is just the person for the job.”

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Tisson Mathew, formerly of Amazon, has joined Alignment Healthcare as its new chief technology officer. The decision to add a CTO follows a recent $115 million capital investment from Warburg Pincus, part of a strategy to continuously develop AI-driven, personalized care coordination. Mathew’s role will be to continue development of the company’s technology solutions, and enable better collaborations between payers and providers. Mathew also served in a leadership capacity at Cambia Health Solutions.

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Optima Healthcare Solutions, a provider of cloud-based software for post-acute care providers, has appointed Jason James its chief information officer. James brings with him more than 20 years of experience; previously, he was the vice president of IT operations for internet service provider EarthLink. Before that, James served as the vice president of global IT infrastructure support and operations for IT service management company PRGX. He started his career with Servigistics, a provider of service lifecycle management software that was acquired by PTC. In his role at Optima, James will be responsible for leading the development and expansion of all IT services, infrastructure and operations, including applications, data centers, network operations, security, compliance and DevOps. “As we scale up, we’re excited to add to our leadership team a consummate IT professional who will ensure that we deliver a best-in-class experience for our clients as they expand their operations,” said Optima CEO Josh Pickus in a statement.

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EpicMD, which was founded earlier this year, has hired MDLIVE’s former chief medical officer Sylvan Waller, who will serve as the former’s CMO. Waller’s stint begins just two months after leaving MDLIVE, and he’ll help the company sign new physician partnerships, according to a story in the South Florida Business Journal. Waller comes with nearly two decades of experience.
 
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Sommetrics, a company providing products and services to improve sleep quality, has added Wally McCloskey to its board of directors and Corbet “Cory” Lancaster as senior vice president of finance. McCloskey is currently the president of Norac Inc., a specialty chemical manufacturer, and has experience with several different businesses, including a pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer. Lancaster joins Sommetrics with more than 25 years of experience ranging from financial modeling, business valuations, strategic planning, financial reporting and analysis and working capital management. He has previously held executive and director level finance positions with venture-backed, mid-size and large organizations including the vice president of finance, Americas, for ResMed. “We are approaching a pivotal time in the company’s evolution and the additions of Wally and Cory will play a critical role in scaling our business,” said Dr. Richard Rose, chief executive officer, chief medical officer and board chair at Sommetrics. “Their experience will be invaluable to Sommetrics as our company makes the transition from research and development to a commercial business."

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Wearable technology company iBeat has expanded its team to include Dr. Mintu Turakhia, an associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University, and Apple pros Roby DeManche and Drew Atkinson. Turakhia is a practicing cardiac electrophysiologist and outcomes researcher. As iBeat’s consulting head of clinical, he’ll focus on clinical validation and outcomes studies. DeManche will be heading up iBeat’s logistics and manufacturing operations. He brings with him prior experience at Apple, Samsung, Ford Motor Company and home thermostat maker Nest. Atkinson, meanwhile, joins as director of hardware engineering and will be responsible for iBeat’s mechanical and electrical hardware design. Prior to iBeat, Drew worked on the engineering teams at Apple, GoPro, and high-tech smart oven maker June.