Last week the West Wireless Health Institute’s CEO Don Casey announced his resignation. He plans to join an as yet unnamed “major health care company” where he plans to bring the institute’s mission of lowering the cost of healthcare. The WWHI has not yet named a replacement CEO.
Prior to joining the WWHI in March 2010, Casey was the worldwide chairman for Johnson & Johnson’s comprehensive care group, where he managed Johnson & Johnson’s cardiovascular, diagnostic, diabetes and vision care global franchises. Casey led J&J’s chronic disease management strategy, which included patient-centric solutions and innovations with medical device offerings for diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.
The institute has been busy in recent months. Here’s a roundup of 2012 announcements about and mentions of the non-profit organization:
At the end of last year, a rep from the WWHI shared insights on tablet adoption at US hospitals: Less than one percent of US hospitals have fully functional tablet systems, according to Jonathan Mack, director of clinical research and development at the West Wireless Health Institute. Despite financial incentives from the government, US hospitals are still slow to adopt EMRs, Mack told Kaiser Health News in a recent interview. Those that do might not have access to a native tablet application from the EMR developer, and even then, the app might include only read-only functionality. To circumvent this, virtualization programs such as Citrix are used on EMRs designed for keyboard input, making for a slow and frustrating usage experience.
In January the WWHI kicked off a research study with its partner, the Carlos Slim Health Institute (CSHI), in Mexico that aims to track the impact mobile health and connected devices have on maternal health in the state of Yucatan in Mexico. The technologies used in the study are part of a “Wireless Pregnancy Remote Monitoring Kit,” developed by WWHI and CSHI.
In February the institute announced that six hospitals were in the process of deploying or had already deployed its “medical grade wireless open framework” in their facilities, including, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA and HealthAlliance Hospital, a member of UMass Memorial Health Care, in Leominster, MA. Scripps Health in San Diego is in the process of deploying it, too.
At the beginning of this year, WWHI Vice Chairman Dr. Eric Topol also published his book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine, which we reviewed along with an interview with Dr. Topol in a post earlier this month: How Medicine Will be Topol’d (few picked up on the “toppled” pun, unfortunately.)
Casey remains on the WWHI’s board and is also on the board of a small pharmaceutical company called Biodel. Given the characterization of his next gig as being at a “major” healthcare company, however, it is unlikely that Biodel is where he’s headed full-time.
For more details on Casey’s resignation, read the press release below: Keep reading>>