Roundup of recent health tech hires and departures: IBM Watson Health, Heal, athenahealth

By Jonah Comstock
04:23 pm

IBM Watson Health has appointed a Chief Health Transformation Officer. Formerly of Hewlett Packard, Dr. Paul Tang's roots connect him to the beginnings of health IT. In 1998 he directed the implementation of the EHR at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, the first large medical group practice in California to use an EHR. And in 2001, PAMF collaborated with Epic to create the MyChart patient portal and was the first in the country to implement it.

Television medical personality Dr. Drew Pinsky has joined the board of mobile-enabled house call service Heal. As MedCityNews pointed out, Dr. Drew follows in the footsteps of Dr. Phil, who cofounded Doctor on Demand and Dr. Oz, who cofounded ShareCare.

Athenahealth Chief Financial Officer Kristi Matus is stepping down from that role at the end of the month, the company announced last week. In her place, current vice president and controller, Karl Stubelis, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Arcadia Healthcare Solutionsan EHR and claims data aggregation and analytics technology company, has named Robert Walton as its chief operating officer. Walton has 20 years of experience in the healthcare field including stints with Qualcomm and Kaiser Permanente. 

Reach Health, a telemedicine software company, hired Gary Christian as chief operations officer. Christian comes to Reach Health with a background that includes stints at multiple hospitals and health tech companies. 

Digital health coaching platform meQuilibrium announced a new executive vice president of sales and business development, Scott Fillenworth. Fillensworth comes to meQuilibrium from educational technology company Skillsoft. 

CellTrak, a mobile health company, has made two new hires: Heidi Ewell joined the company as vice president of provider sales for North America, and Lynn Zimmerman joined as director of marketing. Ewell and Zimmerman both previously worked at Truven Health Analytics, a company that was recently acquired by IBM Watson Health. 

Digital health accelerator Launchpad Digital Health added two new general partners to its teamRandall Lipps, founder of Omnicell, and Paul Edwards, who worked at Medtronic and Boston Scientific before becoming an investor with Latterell Venture Partners.

Lifedojo, a San Francisco-based employee wellness company, hired Anne Presson as its new executive vice president of enterprise solutions. Presson previously served as VP and director of benefits innovation at Woodruff-Sawyer.


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