Teladoc adds former Pandora CEO to board and more digital health hires

By Jonah Comstock
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Telemedicine company Teladoc has added Brian McAndrews, former CEO of Pandora (the media company, not the jeweler), to its board of directors. Notably, McAndrews has extensive experience with machine learning algorithms, which Teladoc is considering ways to deploy.

“Brian’s depth of experience as an executive leader and board member of prominent technology and digital media companies complements the diverse leadership of the Teladoc Board," Teladoc President and CEO Jason Gorevic said in a statement. "As we expand our use of data and analytics along with AI to help generate the best outcomes, Brian’s knowledge in this area will not only help us achieve technological milestones, but also to communicate that value to our members across the globe.”

Telemedicine eConsult company RubiconMD has announced a new hire and a new advisory board appointee.

Joining the board is Dr. Hal Yee Jr., chief medical officer of Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services. Yee initially conceived of eConsults back in 2005, according to the company.

Christine Peterson has been hired as head of customer success, a part of the company’s west coast sales team. Peterson was formerly an early employee at Omada Health.

"RubiconMD is an incredibly smart group of people with a noble, clear, and actionable mission to do good in the U.S. healthcare system,” Peterson said in a statement.

James Coffin, who helped grow the health IT businesses at Dell and IBM, has been appointed president and chief operating officer at Sema4, a genetic testing and data analytics company that spun out of the Mount Sinai health system.

“Jamie has an extensive background of leadership in the healthcare and life sciences sector and a tremendous track record of success at building top health IT services businesses,” CEO Eric Schadt said in a statement. “Jamie brings to Sema4 the exact skills we need to rapidly scale and expand our business nationwide and achieve our vision of helping patients, clinicians, and researchers to better diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. I am very pleased to welcome him to the Sema4 team.”

McKesson Ventures, the investment arm of the health IT giant, has added two new members to its team: Carrie Hurwitz Williams as a principal and Irem Mertol in the role of director. Williams previously served as vice president of strategy and business development at Omada Health. Mertol also previously worked at Omada, as well as at Caremerge and Burd Health.

“We are pleased to welcome both Carrie and Irem to the McKesson Ventures team,” Tom Rodgers, SVP and managing director at McKesson Ventures, said in a statement. “Carrie’s lengthy experience throughout the healthcare ecosystem provides us with a diverse array of perspectives ‘from the inside’ to deliver strategic and valuable investment guidance to pioneering companies. Irem’s well-respected background as an investor and entrepreneur across healthcare services and technology companies will help us continue to advance our portfolio.”

Cricket Health, a digital health company focused on chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, has hired Danny Shapiro as chief business officer. Shapiro has formerly held management positions at Home Care Assistance and DaVita Kidney Care, one of the largest providers of kidney dialysis in the United States.

"We're delighted to welcome Danny to our team," Arvind Rajan, cofounder and CEO of Cricket Health, said in a statement. "He brings tremendous experience, s, and expertise in kidney dialysis that cannot be replicated, and an incredible passion and commitment to improving the lives of patients."

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