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.

Applied Pathways Names Steve Lefar Chief Executive Officer
Applied Pathways LLC, a leader in Enterprise Knowledge Management for healthcare, announced that healthcare industry veteran Steve Lefar has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and will join its Board of Directors. Founder and current CEO John Feldman will continue in an operating role as Chairman of the Board.

Justin Barnes, Health IT Industry Leader, Joins iHealth
Justin Barnes (@HITAdvisor), one of the best-known thought leaders in health IT, has joined iHealth as Partner and Chief Growth Officer. iHealth was formed recently when iHealth Solutions, LLC acquired DNA Healthcare Inc. (DNAH); the new company is operating under the name of iHealth.

SA Ignite Appoints New Senior Vice President of Products
SA Ignite Inc. (@saignite), a provider of solutions that automate the management of complex value-based programs, announced that it has appointed Eric Kretzer as Senior Vice President of Products. Kretzer will support SA Ignite’s growth and focus on delivering solutions to streamline complex quality reporting demands as healthcare providers embrace the shift to value-based care.

Extension Healthcare Appoints Dr. Benjamin Kanter as Chief Medical Information Officer
Extension Healthcare (@ExtensionHealth), an event driven Clinical Communication and Collaboration (CC&C) company, announced that Dr. Benjamin Kanter, formerly CMIO with Palomar Health, has joined Extension in the role of Chief Medical Information Officer.

The Leadership Development Group Welcomes Tara Satlow as Director of Client Solutions
The Leadership Development Group, Inc. (TLD Group) (@TLDGroupInc), a global healthcare industry talent development firm, is pleased to welcome Tara Satlow, PhD, as the Director of Client Solutions. Tara’s responsibilities will include client relationship and project management, coordination of client engagements, facilitation of TLD Group’s Applied Physician Leadership Academy (APLA), and support of sales and marketing efforts. Tara has over twenty years of progressive experience in organizational development, human resources, executive coaching, counseling psychology, and clinical research.

Personal Connected Health Alliance Appoints Patricia Mechael as Executive Vice President
The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) (@PCHAllianceannounced the appointment of Patricia (Patty) Mechael, PhD, as its Executive Vice President, and launched its recharged mission and strategy to catalyze market and policy innovation, research and collective action for the sustained adoption of personal connected health.

Surgical Momentum Names New Chief Medical Officer
Surgical Momentum, a healthcare data analytics firm, announced it has named David Earle, MD, FACS as their Chief Medical Officer. For the previous 17 years, Dr. Earle was an Associate Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at a community based academic medical center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments
Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) (@USGAO), announced the appointment of five new members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of one current member.The newly appointed members are Amy Bricker, RPh, Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy, Express Scripts, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri ; Brian DeBusk, PhD, CEO, DeRoyal Industries, Powell, Tennessee; Paul Ginsburg, PhD, Leonard Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. and Professor of Health Policy, University of Southern California; Bruce Pyenson, FSA, MAAA, Principal and Consulting Actuary, Milliman, Inc. in New York, New York; and Pat Wang, JD, CEO, Healthfirst, New York, New York. Their terms will expire in April 2019.

Leidos Names Noel Allender Managing Director of Epic Vendor Practice
Leidos (@leidosinc), a national security, health and infrastructure solutions company, announced the appointment of Noel Allender, Epic Managing Director. In this role, Allender will be responsible for driving sales and expanding opportunities for professional services and health IT optimization consulting.

Plexus Technology Group Welcomes Doug Marcey as Vice President of Technology
Plexus Technology Group, LLC (Plexus TG), a provider of Anesthesia Information Management Systems (AIMS), is pleased to announce the addition of Doug Marcey as Vice President of Technology. In this new capacity, Mr. Marcey will establish and lead all aspects of the company’s technological development.