Outcome founders out, Microsoft health team in, and other digital health hires and departures

By Jonah Comstock
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Dr. Joshua Mandel has left his position at Alphabet's Verily as health IT ecosystem lead for a position as chief architect at Microsoft Healthcare. Mandel isn't the only big name Microsoft just picked up; Jim Weinstein, former CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, joined the company at the same time as VP and head of innovation and health equity.

"Jim and Josh join us at an exciting time, as healthcare processes undergo a digital transformation," corporate VP Peter Lee wrote in "This transformation has created a wealth of healthcare data that has potential to help identify diseases earlier, create and improve treatments, and improve the lives of patients across the globe. Unfortunately, even with advances in data protection and governance, healthcare data is not easily accessible by the researchers and doctors who need it to help us all realize the potential." 

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Healthcare technology venture capital firm Flare Capital has brought on Sarah Sossong, a digital health innovator who helped launch telehealth initiatives at Kaiser Permanente and Massachussets General Hospital, as a new principal. Sossong served most recently as the senior director for the Center for Telehealth at Massachusetts General. 

“The healthcare technology evolution has the potential to unlock quality care for the masses, and it is a complex and rapidly evolving space,” Sossong said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with the Flare Capital team and its forward-thinking entrepreneurs to tackle the healthcare challenges ahead and to find the best possible role for technology. I’m excited to contribute the point-of-view of an on-the-ground implementer, as well as the perspective of women in healthcare technology — both incredibly important viewpoints that have often been undervalued in this space.” 

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Medidata, a New York City-based company that offers cloud storage and data analytics services for clinical trials, announced the hire of Jim (Hui) Xu, the company's new general manager in the Chinese market. The announcement comes after the company saw its Chinese customer base double in 2017.

“We’re excited about our fast growth and momentum in China. Jim’s experience facilitating go-to-market strategies, product commercialization and successful sales performance will support the high demand for our innovative solutions tailored for the region,” Edwin Ng, vice president for field operations, said in a statement.

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The founders of Outcome Health, a clinical communication service recently mired in scandal, have stepped down from the company's board. Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal resigned from their respective CEO and president roles six months ago. The news comes just days after Matt McNally was named the company’s new CEO.

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Healthcare data company Innovaccer has brought on Dr. Paul Grundy, president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative and an early advocate of patient-centered medical homes, in the role of distinguished healthcare leader. In this role, according to a press release, Grundy will "help the company in developing key strategies aimed at transforming primary care using a new approach to healthcare technology."

"Dr. Paul has played a significant role in transforming primary care globally, and it is an honor to have him with us in our journey of transforming healthcare and saving $1B in healthcare expenditures," Abhinav Shashank, CEO at Innovaccer, said in a statement. "His experience and ideas would be integral to our mission as we strive forward to drive efficiency in healthcare and revolutionize primary care using cutting-edge technology."