New crop of mobile health executives

By: Brian Dolan | Jun 15, 2011        

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Alan Portela

Alan Portela

A handful of new executives have taken executive roles at a couple of well known mobile health companies.

Earlier this month, Alan Portela took the reins at AirStrip Technologies as CEO. Portela replaced Gene Powell, who will stay on as a senior advisor and chairman of the board at the company. This week, Dan Blake was appointed Chief Development Officer at AirStrip. The company is known for having one of the very first FDA approved iPhone apps, AirStripOB. It also now offers AirStrip RPM Critical Care and AirStrip RPM Cardiology apps.

“Dan knows how to develop mobile software and infrastructure solutions that address critical enterprise-level issues. That is a perfect fit as we work to grow our suite of mobile healthcare monitoring solutions globally,” Portela said in a press release. “AirStrip is gradually rolling out its solutions to include mobile access to patient monitoring in virtually any care setting, from the hospital to home monitoring. Dan has the experience and skills needed to keep AirStrip stationed at the forefront of the mobile-enabled health revolution.”

Before joining AirStrip Technologies, Blake was president of ArchiStrat Consulting, Inc., Chief Technology Officer of Nightrader Ltd., Chief Technology Officer of Aon Group, and President/CEO of Aon Risk Technologies.

Interestingly, the day before AirStrip announced Portela as its new CEO, Diversinet announced that the it had appointed Portela to its board of directors.

Meanwhile, PatientSafeSolutions appointed Joseph Condurso President and CFO. Condurso was previously VP of strategy, innovation and business development at CareFusion Corp, and before that in senior operational and entrepreneurial roles at companies that eventually became Cardinal Health. PatientSafe (formerly named Intellidot) is headed up by James Sweeney, who founded one of the few public, pure-play wireless health companies, CardioNet. Sweeney explained PatientSafe’s new iPod touch-centered strategy to MobiHealthNews last fall.

“There is no doubt in my mind that PatientSafe Solutions is poised to deliver extraordinary innovation and growth,” said Condurso in a press release. “Given the demand for smart care management and care coordination technology such as PatientTouch, I look forward to the opportunity to position our company as a leader in point of care mobile health solutions, sustain our momentum and build even further success with our customers and industry partners.”

In related news, Awarepoint CEO Jay Deady has been pushing new initiatives since his appointment to the company seven months ago, reports Xconomy. The company, which focuses on real-time location technology (RTLS) for hospitals & other healthcare providers, received $9 million from investors after Deady arrived. Deady expects their final round of venture capital to occur in August.

Deady faced the challenge of a healthcare industry slow to adopt their real time tracking-services. To combat this, he decided to use the company’s acquisition of software company Patient Care and make the company more of a full-service provider of health IT products and services. “My perspective, both offensively and defensively, was to go to market with a broader software portfolio,” Deady says. “Today we can still sell them millions of dollars in software and services.”

Check out the press releases after the jump, and read the Xconomy article here

AirStrip Technologies, Inc. Names Chief Development Officer

June 15, 2011 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Experienced software development executive Dan Blake to oversee tech team for mobile patient monitoring innovator

SAN ANTONIO–Dan Blake, a 25-year technology industry veteran with a record of success in deploying groundbreaking mobile systems for companies including IBM and Cisco as well as innovative startups, has been named Chief Development Officer of AirStrip Technologies, Inc. Company officials made the announcement today.

“Our goal is to remain adaptable to the constantly changing landscape of mobile devices and operating systems, while delivering solutions that support hospitals and physicians in their efforts to comply with federal meaningful use requirements.”

“Dan knows how to develop mobile software and infrastructure solutions that address critical enterprise-level issues. That is a perfect fit as we work to grow our suite of mobile healthcare monitoring solutions globally,” AirStrip Technologies Chief Executive Officer Alan Portela said. “AirStrip is gradually rolling out its solutions to include mobile access to patient monitoring in virtually any care setting, from the hospital to home monitoring. Dan has the experience and skills needed to keep AirStrip stationed at the forefront of the mobile-enabled health revolution.”

Prior to joining AirStrip Technologies, Blake held positions including President of ArchiStrat Consulting, Inc., Chief Technology Officer of Nightrader Ltd., Chief Technology Officer of Aon Group, and President/CEO of Aon Risk Technologies.

Trey Moore, AirStrip’s Chief Technology Officer, added Blake’s experience makes him ideally suited to AirStrip’s commitment to meaningful mobility – using native mobile technology to improve clinical decision-making at the point of care through the secure, real-time delivery of visually compelling patient data.

By optimizing patient throughput and access to care, meaningful mobility aims to improve workflow, move beyond geographic barriers, and support the best possible choices by both providers and patients.

“AirStrip is ahead of the curve in terms of offering comprehensive mobile patient monitoring solutions for virtually any part of the healthcare setting,” Blake said. “Our goal is to remain adaptable to the constantly changing landscape of mobile devices and operating systems, while delivering solutions that support hospitals and physicians in their efforts to comply with federal meaningful use requirements.”

About AirStrip Technologies, Inc.

Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, AirStrip Technologies is a pioneer in mobile medical software applications designed to work across any platform to improve patient safety and reduce risk in the healthcare setting. AirStrip Technologies engages, consults and employs leading technology and medical experts to ensure their products are the best in the industry. The core technology team is committed to bringing best-of-breed products to the market that enhance the ability of physicians and healthcare professionals to perform their work on a daily basis with the added assurances that their patients are being provided the best care available. Visit www.airstriptech.com for more information.

Industry innovator brings seasoned experience in patient safety, medical devices, mobile health and information technology -

SAN DIEGO, June 14, 2011 — PatientSafe Solutions™ Inc., a healthcare information technology company delivering real-time mobile clinical solutions to hospitals to improve patient safety, quality, and satisfaction while decreasing costs at the point of care, announced Joseph Condurso has been named president and chief operating officer to support further corporate expansion.

“As healthcare delivery transforms toward the needs of meaningful use and accountable care models, technology that supports caregiver connections and real-time access to clinical data information is critical,” said Jim Sweeney, PatientSafe Solutions chairman and chief executive officer. “Joe’s senior leadership background in the healthcare industry and specific experience at the intersection of mobile and health information technology is an ideal fit for PatientSafe Solutions.”

Condurso has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Most recently, he was vice president of strategy, innovation and business development at CareFusion Corp. He spent nearly a decade working in senior operational and entrepreneurial roles across companies that eventually became part of Cardinal Health. His notable achievements within that company include: architecting and managing Alaris Medical’s Infusion Information Systems business; patenting and creating the industry’s first wireless network for intravenous therapy management with patient safety software and electronic medical record connectivity; targeting, acquiring and leading the operations of CareFusion’s enterprise mobile point of care barcode solutions and serving as the senior executive leader of the medication management strategy and strategic alliances for the company’s Pyxis automation and informatics portfolio of products. Previously, he was co-founder and chief operating officer of iMetrikus, Inc., a first of its kind telehealth solution for remote monitoring of patients with chronic conditions. In addition, Condurso also previously held global senior leadership positions in sales, marketing, operations and product development at Chiron Corp, Motorola Inc., and Drager Medical, Inc.

“There is no doubt in my mind that PatientSafe Solutions is poised to deliver extraordinary innovation and growth,” said Condurso, “Given the demand for smart care management and care coordination technology such as PatientTouch™, I look forward to the opportunity to position our company as a leader in point of care mobile health solutions, sustain our momentum and build even further success with our customers and industry partners.”

About PatientSafe Solutions

PatientSafe Solutions™, a health information technology company based in San Diego, Calif., delivers real-time mobile clinical solutions to hospitals to improve patient safety, quality, and satisfaction while decreasing costs at the point of care. The company is led by senior executives with a proven track record of solving difficult healthcare problems with innovative technology, solutions, and services. CEO James M. Sweeney is a recognized leader in patient safety and was responsible for the award-winning “Beyond Blame” video, which has become a critical industry standard describing in detail how medication errors affect practitioners and patients. PatientSafe Solutions has raised more than $70 million since 2002 from prominent investors including Psilos, TPG Biotech, Camden Partners, and Menlo Ventures. The company was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s Top 50 Venture-Backed Companies in 2011.

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