Talent Tuesday: Health IT Hires and Who’s Hiring

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Kaia Health Appoints Lumeris Co-Founder Nigel Ohrenstein as President
Kaia Health (@KaiaHealth), the digital therapeutics company on a mission to democratize access to healthcare, announced the appointment of Nigel Ohrenstein—healthcare entrepreneur and Lumeris co-founder—as president to accelerate the growth and further advance Kaia Health’s strategy as the market leader in musculoskeletal (MSK) care. Kaia Health covers 60 million lives globally and has transformed MSK care by delivering clinically proven care using computer vision technology through the camera of a smartphone, anytime, anywhere.

Volastra Therapeutics Expands Leadership Team to Tackle Cancer
Volastra Therapeutics (@VolastraTx), a biotechnology company developing novel therapies for the treatment of cancer, announced the expansion of its leadership team with key new hires in business development and translational science, as well as the promotion and expansion of leaders to helm its biology, immunology, data science and chemistry functions. The company expanded its business development and translational science leadership teams with two new appointments: Scott Drutman, M.D., Ph.D., joins Volastra as Senior Vice President, Head of Translational Science from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; and Rachel Zolot Schwartz, MBA, joins as Vice President, Head of Business Development and Commercial from Pfizer.

Former National Coordinator Don Rucker, MD, Joins 1upHealth as Chief Strategy Officer
Donald Rucker, MD, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has joined 1upHealth (@1up_health), a pioneering Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources platform for health data interoperability. Dr. Rucker joins 1upHealth as Chief Strategy Officer, the next step in his career-long commitment to making healthcare efficient and affordable.

Civitas Networks for Health Announces Lisa Bari as CEO
Civitas Networks for Health (@civitas4health), a national collaborative of member organizations working to use health information exchange, health data and multi-stakeholder, cross-sector approaches to improve health, recently announced the selection of Lisa Bari as CEO, effective immediately.

Ron Rerko Joins Onix’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Division
Onix (@OnixNetworking), a cloud solutions provider, Google Cloud Premier Partner and AWS Advanced Consulting Partner is pleased to announce that Ron Rerko has joined the team as Director of Healthcare & Life Sciences. Ron has more than 30 years of “bench to bedside” experience researching cancer and other diseases and implementing innovative medical services and technologies at leading healthcare and science organizations including Cleveland Clinic and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Two Renowned U.S. Cardiac Electrophysiology Professionals Join Implicity as Scientific Advisors
Implicity (@ImplicityHealth), a remote patient monitoring and cardiac data management solutions company, announced that renowned U.S. cardiac electrophysiology professionals Prof. Niraj Varma and Dr. Kevin Campbell have joined the leadership team in the role of Scientific Advisors. The two well-known clinicians will help guide the development of new products, capabilities, and services as the company deploys its innovative platform globally. They will support Implicity’s mission to democratize remote cardiac monitoring and equip US facilities with cutting-edge innovation in remote monitoring for more effective patient care.

AVIA Expands Leadership Team to Support Industry Demand for Digital Advancement, Commitment to Operational Excellence
AVIA (@HealthAVIA), a national digital transformation partner for healthcare organizations, announced the expansion of its leadership team to support the substantial growth of the company in 2021. Rusty Taylor will serve as the company’s CFO, providing strategic operational and business oversight to support AVIA’s continued growth. Anjani Shah steps into the role of senior vice president, Transformation where she will lead the expansion of AVIA’s consulting services and digital transformation initiatives. Dhiraj Patkar joins AVIA as senior vice president of product for AVIA Connect, responsible for setting the vision and strategy for AVIA’s digital health marketplace.

David Finn Joins CHIME To Lead Professional Associations For Applications, Cybersecurity And Technology
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) (@CIOCHIME) has added a prominent executive to its leadership team. David Finn has joined the organization as Vice President to lead the expansion of CHIME’s three professional associations: the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA), Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT), and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS).


EHNAC Appoints Three New Commissioners to Governing Body
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) (@EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced that Shaun Newton of ZeOmega®, Dr. Tim Pletcher of the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN), and Ricky Ponsaa of TransUnion have been appointed EHNAC commissioners through 2024. Newton, Pletcher and Ponsaa join an EHNAC Commission comprised of an executive director, a chief operating officer and 11 healthcare industry leaders including stakeholders and consumer representatives from private and public-sector organizations.

Wolters Kluwer Appoints Greg Samios as President & CEO of Clinical Effectiveness, Dr. Peter Bonis as CMO for the Health Division
Wolters Kluwer Health (@Wolters_Kluwer) announces the appointments of Gregory Samios as President & CEO of Clinical Effectiveness and Dr. Peter Bonis as Chief Medical Officer of the division, effective December 1, 2021. The appointments reflect Wolters Kluwer’s continued focus on advancing healthcare technology and growing expert solutions across the continuum of healthcare.

Activ Surgical Appoints Richard Stamm as Vice President, General Counsel, and Mark Johnson as Vice President, Global Sales
Activ Surgical, Inc., (@ActivSurgical) a digital surgery pioneer, announced the appointments of Richard Stamm as vice president, general counsel, and Mark Johnson as vice president, global sales. In his role as general counsel, Stamm will oversee all aspects of Activ Surgical’s legal and corporate governance matters, while Johnson will spearhead the company’s sales organization.

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