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Xerox CIO Joins MedAssets Board

MedAssets appointed Carol J. Zierhoffer to its board of directors. Zierhoffer is VP and global CIO for Xerox. Prior to that, Zierhoffer was VP and global CIO for ITT. From 1988 to 2008, she worked with Northrop Grumman in various IT leadership positions, most recently as VP and CIO of the company's mission systems sector.

Former President of Dell Services Joins as CEO of Accretive Health

Healthcare revenue cycle management firm Accretive Health named Stephen Schuckenbrock, 51, formerly president of Dell Services, as President and CEO and a member of the Board. Firm co-founder and current President and CEO Mary Tolan, 51, has been elected Chairman of the Board. Co-founder and current Chairman of the Board J. Michael Cline will continue to serve as a director of the company. As president of Dell Services, Schuckenbrock oversaw a full range of business solutions from infrastructure and cloud to Business Process Outsourcing. He was responsible for developing and delivering end-to-end IT services and business solutions for global corporations, government, healthcare providers and educational institutions around the world. His work at Dell also included President of Dell's Large Enterprise business and CIO. Prior to Dell, Schuckenbrock was co-COO and EVP of global sales and services for EDS. Before joining EDS in 2003, he was COO of The Feld Group, an IT consulting firm. Earlier in his career, he served in senior roles at both PepsiCo and Frito-Lay.

Toshiba America Medical Systems Appoints Marketing VP from Philips HealthCare

Toshiba America Medical Systems, the imaging systems as well as IT support service provider to healthcare industry, appointed Nancy Gillen as its VP, Marketing. Prior to joining Toshiba, Gillen held various sales, marketing and business management roles, including VP of Cross Functional Marketing with Philips Healthcare. For more than 20 years, Gillen worked at Siemens Healthcare, holding senior management positions including VP, MR Business Unit; zone general manager for Northeast, where she was responsible for IT and modality sales; and VP of Siemens One for the healthcare sector.

NaviNet Names BlueCross BlueShield Finance and Strategy Exec as CFO

Daniel Timblin has been named CFO at NaviNet, a health care communication network. Timblin brings a formidable background in finance, with more than 15 years of experience and strong relationships with key healthcare payer and provider organizations across the country. During his seven-year career with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, he held several senior finance and strategy roles that helped the organization strengthen its market-leading position in Tennessee, refocus the business to improve the collaboration between healthcare payers and providers, and prepare for industry reform.

Health Care Technology Lawyer Joins Availity as SVP of Legal and Regulatory Affairs

Health information network Availity has named Karin J. Lindgren as its SVP of Legal & Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel. In addition to overseeing legal, audit and regulatory functions, Lindgren serves as chief compliance officer and corporate secretary.

Lindgren, whose emphasis will be to drive risk management strategies, brings 28 years’ experience as a health care technology lawyer, with a significant background in entrepreneurial health care software, technology companies and medical informatics. Most recently, Lindgren was General Counsel for the Reed Group, a cloud computing software and informatics services company. She has also previously served as a law firm partner at two firms, and as general counsel and chief compliance officer for the University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of academic medical centers. Lindgren continues to teach graduate courses in medical informatics at Northwestern University and the University of Colorado. She is a frequent national speaker and published author on medical-legal issues, with multiple writing awards to her credit.

AliveCor Names Longtime Medtech Entrepreneur as New CEO

Dan Sullivan, former president and CEO of superDimension, a developer of pulmonology devices, has been named president and CEO of AliveCor, a provider of smartphone-enabled heart monitoring tools. Sullivan sold his most recent venture, SuperDimension, to Covidien last year for more than $300 million. The company’s first president and CEO, Judy Wade, who served in the role from mid-2012 until the end of the year, is no longer with the company.

Former VA CIO Heads to Agilex

Roger Baker, former CIO and assistant secretary for information and technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been named chief strategy officer at Agilex, a provider of IT services to the health care industry and other sectors. In the newly created role, Baker will help the company fine-tune its corporate strategy, work with federal agencies and identify potential industry partners. Before serving as the VA CIO, Baker was president and chief executive of technology company Dataline. He also was an executive at General Dynamics Information Technology and CACI International. From 1998 to 2001, he was CIO for the Commerce Department.

PeriGen Names Chief Clinical Officer

PeriGen, the global leader in applying real-time clinical decision support to perinatal systems, appointed Thomas J.Garite MD as Chief Clinical Officer. A specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, in addition to his work with PeriGen and its clients, Thomas J. Garite, MD, holds three positions which include: Editor-In-Chief, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Chairman, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Foundation; Director of Research and Education for Obstetrix/Pediatrix Medical Group. Dr. Garite is the author or co-author of five textbooks and has published over 100 original journal articles and a similar number of abstracts, chapters and invited articles. He is a past president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, as well as a twelve year member of its Board of Directors. He has also been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Director of the Oral Examinations for this Board, as well as a Member of the Technical Bulletin and Course Coordination Committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

QualMetrics Names CEO

Adam House, founder of Velocitude, a mobile services platform, has been named CEO of QualMetrics, a health care analytics company. House founded Velocitude in 2009 and served as its CEO. It was acquired by Akamai, after which he served as VP, Mobile Application Products at Akamai Technologies. House served as the President, Financial Services Division of V12 Group. Prior to V12, he was the founder and CEO of DMA International where he combined his knowledge of the financial industry along with his business skills to position DMA as the industry leader in lead generation for the mortgage industry, doubling revenues for five years in a row. DMA was subsequently acquired by V12 Group. He served as a successful executive at Rock Financial Corporation where he began his career as a telemarketer, quickly moving into management playing a key role in the growth.

MEDHOST Appoints VP of Consulting

MEDHOST, provider of leading healthcare throughput and emergency department software, has hired veteran healthcare executive Barbara Bryan as VP of consulting. Bryan brings 20 years of experience in healthcare delivery, consulting, management, sales and marketing to MEDHOST, where her initial focus will be fully integrating consulting services into the sales and delivery cycle of PatientFlow HD, MEDHOST’s new enterprise-wide patient throughput solution.

Additionally, Bryan will work with leadership of HealthTech, a health information technology company that manages MEDHOST, Healthcare Management Systems (HMS) and Patient Logic, to identify other opportunities to insert or expand consulting services.

Bryan comes to MEDHOST from Bryan Advisory Group, which she founded to provide performance improvement and waste management solutions to healthcare organizations and companies in other industries. Her prior experience includes serving as VP of patient flow consulting at Eclipsys and as director with Navigant Consulting, the firm that acquired Invalesco Group, a multi-million-dollar consulting company that Bryan co-founded. Bryan’s clinical experience includes critical care nursing, sub-acute program development and healthcare industry management.

HighRoads Hires CFO from Sculpere Partners

HighRoads, a provider of health care compliance and benefits management software and services, added Richard (Rick) Darer, to its executive management team. Darer comes to HighRoads as the former principal at Sculpere Partners, providing advisory services to C-level executives scaling technology growth companies. Prior to Sculpere, he was the SVP and CFO at Gomez, an internet infrastructure SaaS company. He served as vice president and CFO at Unica and led their successful IPO offering. Prior to Unica, Darer held several CFO roles at private and public companies, and earlier financial and operational roles at Computervision and General Electric (GE).

Clinical Communications Technology Firm Voalte Expands Management Team

Voalte, the leader in clinical communications technology, announced the expansion of its executive management team, following the company’s unprecedented growth within the last 12 months. As part of this expansion, Voalte elevated the company’s founder Trey Lauderdale to the position of President. Lauderdale founded Voalte in 2008 with the vision of using the versatile iPhone platform to improve point-of-care communication. He previously served as the company’s VP of Innovation. In addition, Voalte also named four new members to its executive management team including:

Phil Fibiger, VP of Engineering: Fibiger is joining Voalte from Canonical,, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, where he led the engineering teams for the online divisions. Prior to working at Canonical, Fibiger managed web operations for Dimensional Fund Advisors in Los Angeles.

Bob Porterfield, VP of Product and Alliance Management: Porterfield recently joined Voalte and brings more than 20 years experience in product management to the team. He previously served as Sr. Product Manager for Capsule Tech for the company’s medical device connectivity suite. Prior to being at Capsule, Porterfield served as Director of Product Management at Emergin.

Frank Watts, VP of Sales and Marketing: The pioneer of the solution-selling methodology, Watts has served as a sales consultant to several notable high technology companies including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and Oracle. Watts has also served as General Manager, VP of Sales and EVP for Wang Laboratories, SHL Systems, Mai Basic Four, Logic Works and Top Speed Corporation. Watts previously served as a National Sales Consultant to Voalte.

Don Fletcher joins Voalte as Chief Architect, from Google, where he helped launch its telecommunications service Google Voice. He served as CTO of GrandCentral until Google bought the company and transformed into Google Voice in 2007. Fletcher continued in that role with Google until he retired from the company in 2009 and served as a consultant in Silicon Valley until joining Voalte.

Arcadia Solutions Appoints Former Nuance Exec as CEO

The former SVP of health information management at Nuance Communications has left the computer software business and will now run Arcadia Solutions, as the company’s CEO. Sean Carroll will replace the vacant position left open by Seth Henry, the founder and former CEO at Arcadia.

While at Nuance, Sean Carroll managed a $500 million business unit that was focused on health care provider groups and the ambulatory health care sector. Before joining Nuance, Carroll was the CEO of Webmedx, a portfolio business of Ferrer Freeman & Company (Arcadia’s majority owner), until it was bought by Nuance in 2011. Under his direction, Carroll grew revenue at Webmedx by more than 300 percent.

MedAssets Exec Joins as Chief Client Officer at Conifer Health Solutions

Allen Hobbs, former president of sales, client management and field operations support at MedAssets, has been named chief client officer at Conifer Health Solutions, a provider of health care business process management services. Hobbs joined MedAssets in 2003 as SVP, Sales through acquisition of OSI Systems, where he served as Principal and EVP. Later, Hobbs served as President, Revenue Cycle Management Sales until he assumed his current role. Prior to OSI Systems, he was EVP Sales and CEO for Transcend Services, a medical records outsourcing company, from 1992 to 1996. From 1980 to 1992, he held various positions including SVP of International BD, and President, Medical Systems Support within HBOC, now McKesson.

Cloud-Based Health IT Firm Appoints Former IMS Health Exec to Lead Client Services

Dave Lucey, former general manager of information management and business intelligence solutions at IMS Health, has been named SVP of client services at ikaSystems, a provider of cloud-based business process and automation tools for health care payers. Before IMS Health, he served as VP, Healthcare Profiling Solutions at SDI, VP, Product Integration Services at NaviNet (formerly NaviMedix), Manager at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, Director, Medicare HMO Systems at Cigna, Project Manager at Healthsource, Project Manager at Pyramid Services, and Business Systems Analyst at Connecticut Hospital Association.

Date Range: March 8th - April 7th

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