Health IT Appointments and Hires

handshake-200The following are announcements made from companies and organizations on the hiring and appointments in the healthcare and health IT industry.

Senate Confirms Alex Michael Azar II as the Next US Secretary of Health and Human Services
In a vote of 55 to 43, the Senate confirmed Alex Michael Azar II as the next US Secretary of Health and Human Services. A former deputy secretary for HHS and executive of Pharma giant Eli Lily & Co. will oversee a trillion dollar yearly budget affecting a third of the US population.

ONC Appoints Kathryn Marchesini as New Chief Privacy Officer
Many believed that the ONC (@ONC_HealthIT) would not fill the CPO position once McGraw left last year as they announced but the HITECH Act requires this as a position to advise the National Coordinator. Marchesini is an attorney and has been with the agency since 2010 as a Senior Advisor and Deputy Director for Privacy. Read her bio.

Greg Novak Joins CareCloud as VP of Channel Sales
CareCloud (@CareCloud), the platform for high-growth medical practices, announced that Greg Novak has joined in a newly created role as vice president of channel sales. Novak is leading CareCloud’s relationship with commerce technology giant First Data and its partners to bring modern consumer payment technology to physician practices.

Cox Business Emphasizes Commitment to Telehealth, Names New VP/GM
Cox Business (@CoxComm) announced the appointment of Mike Braham as vice president and general manager of Trapollo, a remote patient monitoring business the company acquired in 2015. In this role, Braham has P&L responsibility and will lead all aspects of strategy and executing of the Trapollo business plan.

InstaMed Appoints Frank McAnally as Chief Financial Officer
InstaMed (@InstaMed), healthcare’s most trusted payments network, announced the appointment of Frank McAnally as Chief Financial Officer. McAnally joins InstaMed from Fidelity National Information Systems (FIS) where he was Chief Financial Officer of the Institutional and Wholesale business responsible for over $2 billion in annual revenues. McAnally brings with him an extensive background in corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and analysis, tax and risk management along with a deep appreciation for InstaMed and its unique position to streamline healthcare payments for consumers, providers and payers.

Healthcare Luminaries Brent James, Eric Topol and Timothy Zoph Join Health Catalyst as Strategic Advisors
Health Catalyst (@HealthCatalyst), a leader in healthcare data analytics, decision support and outcomes improvement, announced that three of healthcare’s most respected and well-known thought leaders are joining the company as strategic advisors. Brent James, M.D., Eric Topol, M.D., and Timothy Zoph bring to Health Catalyst many decades’ experience leading and inspiring a revolution in quality and the use of technology within world-class healthcare organizations.

VestaCare Appoints New Senior Healthcare Executives
VestaCare, Inc. (@vestacareinc), a healthcare payment solutions company, is excited to announce and welcome the addition of two senior healthcare executives. Doug Bilbrey joins as vice president of sales and Ray Chase comes aboard as vice president of national accounts.

Senscio Systems Appoints Digital Health Pioneer David Whitehouse, MD, As Chief Medical Officer, Expanding Executive Leadership Team
Senscio Systems, Inc. (@Senscio) announced the appointment of David Whitehouse, MD, as Chief Medical Officer. His appointment is effective immediately. Dr. Whitehouse brings over three decades of expertise and thought leadership in outcomes-focused digital health transformation including strategic leadership roles at world-leading healthcare companies including UST Global, United Health Group, and CIGNA.

AHIMA Names Dr. Wylecia Wiggs Harris as New CEO
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) (@AHIMAResources) Board of Directors announced that Wylecia Wiggs Harris, Ph.D., has been selected to lead AHIMA as its chief executive officer. Dr. Harris will take the helm on February 5, 2018.

Doug Wenners Joins Privia Health at the Helm as Acting CEO
Privia Health, LLC (@PriviaHealth) announced that Doug Wenners, Executive Vice President of Brighton Health Group and former Senior Executive for Anthem, Inc., has assumed the role of acting Chief Executive Officer for Privia Health. Wenners will lead the company in its next phase of growth partnership with the doctors and patients that they serve, with a focus on optimizing patient outcomes.