Kenzen, Chartwise fill out C-Suites and more digital health hires

By Laura Lovett

Kenzen, a precision health company that creates wearables and data analytics platforms, has tapped Jim McDonnell as the next CTO. McDonnell comes to Kenzen with 25 years as an executive and entrepreneur in digital health and cloud industries. 

“Jim has key experience in the health and technology fields, and he joins Kenzen at an exciting time as we accelerate development of our solutions for precision health applications to promote worker safety in the enterprise and build our data and analytics business,” Sonia Sousa, CEO and cofounder of Kenzen, said in a statement. “Jim’s critical experience in cloud-driven medical technology and predictive analytics will be of tremendous benefit to our customers.”  

ChartWise Medical Systems, a computer-assisted clinical documentation improvement software company, announced that Steven Mason will be joining the team as president and COO. Previously Mason was the SVP and GM of Enterprise Performance Management Solutions at MedeAnalytics. 

“We’ve known and worked with Steven for several years and now is the perfect time to bring him into the fold,” Dr. Jon Elion, founder and CEO of ChartWise Medical Systems, said in a statement. “Steven’s strategic expertise in facilitating accelerated growth with healthcare technology companies is an excellent fit with the proven track record that ChartWise has established in product innovation. He has worked closely with many of the nation’s leading health systems over his career, and we’re looking forward to turning him loose to work his magic with the ChartWise 2.0 solution.”

Now Healthcare Group, a European digital healthcare provider, has named Lisa Wood its new head of communications. 

Before coming to Now Healthcare Group, Wood was a freelance communications consultant. She has also worked in brand building and spent eight years working for The Peel Group on MediaCityUk development. 

“It is such a pivotal time for NHG as we continue to develop ground-breaking technologies to enhance the health of our growing population. We recently launched our free app Now Patient, which has today, been announced as the No1 download in the App Store - so it is a perfect time for Lisa to join our business, to help share our stories and build our brand over the coming months,” CEO and Founder Lee Dentith said in a statement.


In October, Carlos Bustamante, a Stanford professor and co-author of 160 publications, was appointed to HumanCode’s Scientific Advisory Board. The company, which develops next-generation personal genomic apps, said Bustamante has already had a role in guiding the company and advising on scientific methodology and product strategy.  

“Having Dr. Bustamante join us on this journey is a tremendous validation of our vision and approach,” Chris Glode, CEO of HumanCode, said in a statement. “Carlos deeply understands, on both a scientific and consumer level, what success in personal genomics should look like. He has a unique passion for bringing genomics to the mainstream, and doing it in a responsible and credible way — which aligns perfectly with how we’re going about it."

HealthPrize Technologies, an adherence and patient engagement technology provider, announced two new members of its board of directors: ZS Associates Principal Hensley Evans and former inVentiv executive Michael Griffiths. 

“I’ve seen HealthPrize evolve over the past seven years from an innovative startup into one of pharma’s most effective models for engaging patients,” Evans said in a statement. “I look forward to sharing my expertise with the company as it continues its evolution into the industry standard for digital patient engagement.”

Griffiths brings with him 20 years of executive-level expertise in pharmaceuticals, according to the company.

“We are excited to bring Michael onto our Board and look forward to benefiting from the insights he will bring to the company,” Tom Kottler, cofounder and CEO of HealthPrize, said in a statement. “Michael’s decades of experience selling services and products into the pharmaceutical industry will be of utmost value as we continue to grow and expand our reach in the marketplace.”

Natural Cycles, a digital reproductive health company which recently raised $30 million, announced it will be adding multiple new members to its team. Among the new members are Dr. Simon Rowland a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in England and medial advisor to Bayer and Anita Kraker von Schwarzenfeld, Natural Cycles' new VP of Medical Communications. The team will also be adding artificial intelligence experts and former CERN particle physicists Olle Lundberg, Vincenzo Lavorini, and Eleonora Benhar. 

“We have hired some of the world’s leading experts in physics and maths, and their invaluable insight will further the development of the algorithm and science behind Natural Cycles,” cofounder Elina Berglund said in a statement.


VisitPay, a patient financial health platform, announced two new hires. Former VP of Product Marketing for IBM worldwide, Will Reilly, will now lead the client and consumer marketing team at VisitPay. Mickey Lemon, former VP of revenue cycle at Cerner will be leading the sale and business development team.