Jun 28, 2021

People moves: John Hopkins, Jack Nathan Health, and more

4 min
People moves: John Hopkins, Jack Nathan Health, and more
We round up the latest moves in healthcare and medtech. 

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital appoints K. Alicia Schulhof as President

Baltimore's Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has appointed its first female president with K. Alicia Schulhof, who joins from Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.  Schulhof has spent more than 17 years leading  healthcare organisations including Indiana University Health and HCA Healthcare.

Before joining Indiana University Health, Schulhof worked in the Tampa Bay region as Chief Operating Officer, and Ethics and Compliance Officer for Brandon Regional Hospital.

“Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is a beacon for hope and healing both regionally and around the country” Schulhof said. “I look forward to meeting the Tampa Bay community and helping the exceptional team of clinicians and staff at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital continue to shape the future of children’s health through research and clinical excellence.”

Talkiatry hires Jared Camins as new CTO

Mental health startup Talkiatry has appointed Jared Camins as Chief Technology Officer, as demand for mental healthcare continues to surge. Camins joins Talkiatry from Lively, where he led the team responsible for building the company’s mobile platform. Before this he held key roles in the engineering teams at Cityblock Health and Remedy Partners. 

As CTO at Talkiatry, he will be responsible for implementing Talkiatry’s technology vision and overseeing the development of its proprietary platform. 

“The demand for mental healthcare is at an all-time high with a severe shortage of access,” said Robert Krayn, CEO and Co-Founder of Talkiatry. “Jared’s expertise and leadership will further Talkiatry’s focus on modernising mental healthcare and solving the long-standing challenges the industry faces in providing adequate care.”

Jean-Olivier Racine joins Outset as CTO

Jean-Olivier Racine is joining Outset Medical, the medtech company behind Tablo, a dialysis system that's FDA-cleared for use from the hospital to the home. 

Racine has more than two decades of experience in the technology industry. As the Head of Engineering and Science for Health AI at Amazon Web Services, he managed Amazon Comprehend Medical and Amazon HealthLake.  Before joining Amazon, Racine spent more than a decade in software engineering for companies such as the Toronto Stock Exchange (TMX), NexGen Ergonomics, and Canada’s Department of National Defense. 

In this new role, Racine will oversee Outset’s product technology strategy. “I was drawn to join Outset Medical because of the vast opportunity the dialysis industry presents, especially with regards to utilising technology and AI for the development of new care modalities” he said. "I look forward to using my expertise to build upon the incredible strides Outset has already made with Tablo, and to create new efficiencies for patients and providers as we continue to move towards a tech-enabled future.”

Jack Nathan Health appoints Michael A. Pangia as Strategic Advisor

Canadian healthcare provider Jack Nathan Health has recruited Michael A. Pangia  to serve as a strategic advisor. Pangia previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Aviat Networks, and has held various executive leadership roles spanning sales, finance, services, and operations, while also serving as a key member of the Nortel Networks leadership team. 

In his role at Jack Nathan Health, Pangia will provide executive oversight on the company's strategic initiatives while working closely with the leadership team. His primary focus will be to support the company's expansion, and establishing new relationships to provide the company with more financial flexibility as it grows. 

Pangia stated: "I believe the Company has tremendous potential to be the leading player in the markets served, while continuing to expand its footprint and services. This is an inflection point for the company and I will do all that I can to deliver value to the Jack Nathan Health team and its shareholders.”

Quantgene hires David Herrmann as Chief Commercial Officer

Germany-based biotechnology, cloud and AI company Quantgene has appointed David Herrmann as Chief Commercial Officer.  Herrmann previously served as the Global Head of Digital Solutions at Johnson & Johnson Medtech, as well as CEO of C-SATS, a Johnson & Johnson software company in the digital healthcare data and AI space. 

With this appointment Quantgene expands its leadership team, to help it on its mission to extend healthy human lifespan by a decade within a decade. 

“Quantgene is a company with a bold and inspiring mission, and is well positioned with its technology and partners to be a leader in the precision medicine space. I’m excited to be a part of building this future for doctors and patients” Herrmann said.

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Jul 25, 2021

Getting ready for cloud data-driven healthcare

 Joe Gaska
4 min
Getting ready for cloud data-driven healthcare
 Joe Gaska, CEO of GRAX, tells us how healthcare providers can become cloud-based and data-driven organisations

As healthcare continues to recognise the value of data and digital transformation, many organisations are relying on the cloud to make their future-forward and data-centric thinking a reality. In fact, the global healthcare cloud computing market was valued at approximately $18 billion and is expected to generate around $61 billion USD by 2025. 

At the forefront of these changes is the rapid adoption of cloud-based, or software-as-a-service (SaaS), applications. These apps can be used to handle patient interactions, track prescriptions, care, billing and more, and the insights derived from this important data can vastly improve operations, procurement and courses of treatment. However, before healthcare organisations can begin to dream about a true data-driven future, they have to deal with a data-driven dilemma: compliance. 

Meeting regulation requirements

It’s no secret that healthcare is a highly regulated industry when it comes to data and privacy – and rightfully so. Patient records contain extremely sensitive data that, if changed or erased, could cost someone their life. This is why healthcare systems rely on legacy technologies, like Cerner and Epic EHRs, to manage patient information – the industry knows the vendors put an emphasis on making them as secure as possible.

Yet when SaaS applications are introduced and data starts being moved into them, compliance gets complicated. For example, every time a new application is introduced into an organisation, that organisation must have the vendor complete a BAA (Business Associate Agreement). This agreement essentially puts the responsibility for the safety of patients’ information — maintaining appropriate safeguards and complying with regulations — on the vendor.

However, even with these agreements in place, healthcare systems still are at risk of failing to meet compliance requirements. To comply with HIPAA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 11 and other regulations that stipulate the need to exercise best practices to keep electronic patient data safe, healthcare organisations must maintain comprehensive audit trails – something that gets increasingly difficult when data sits in an application that resides in the vendor’s infrastructure.

Additionally, data often does not stay in the applications – instead healthcare users download, save and copy it into other business intelligence tools, creating data sprawl across the organisation and exposing patient privacy to greater risk. 

With so many of these tools that are meant to spur growth and more effective care creating compliance challenges, it begs the question: how can healthcare organisations take advantage of the data they have without risking non-compliance?

Data ownership

Yes, healthcare organisations can adhere to regulations while also getting valuable insights from the wealth of data they have available. However, to help do this, organisations must own their data. This means data must be backed up and stored in an environment that they have control over, rather than in the SaaS vendors’ applications.

Backing up historical SaaS application data directly from an app into an organisation’s own secure cloud infrastructure, such as AWS or Microsoft Azure, makes it easier, and less costly, to maintain a digital chain of custody – or a trail of the different touchpoints of data. This not only increases the visibility and auditability of that data, but organisations can then set appropriate controls around who can access the data.

Likewise, having data from these apps located in one central, easily accessible location can decrease the number of copies floating around an organisation, reducing the surface area of exposure while also making it easier for organisations to securely pull data into business intelligence tools. 

When healthcare providers have unfettered access to all their historical data, the possibilities for growth and insights are endless. For example, having ownership and ready access to authorised data can help organisations further implement and support outcome-based care. Insights enabled by this data will help inform diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment plans and more, which benefits not only the patient, but the healthcare ecosystem as a whole. 

To keep optimising and improving care, healthcare systems must take advantage of new tools like SaaS applications. By backing up and owning their historical SaaS application data, they can do so while minimising the risk to patient privacy or compliance requirements. Having this ownership and access can propel healthcare organisations to be more data-driven – creating better outcomes for everyone. 

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