Saturday, December 17, 2011

Interim CEO Appointed

Diversinet Corp. has just appointed Dr. Hon Pak, a healthcare IT innovator and former American Telemedicine Association President as its interim CEO to succeed Albert Wahbe who has retired as CEO but is Chairman of the Board of Directors until March 31, 2012.

Pak, the Army’s first Chief Medical Information Officer, recently retired as CIO of the U.S. Army Medical Department, an $11 billion healthcare system with more than 60,000 employees. He also headed the Advanced Information Technology Group within TATRC. Pak a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy has a medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and completed a fellowship in dermatology at Walter Reed.

Pak is recognized for the design and development of a health IT strategy around patient-centered care and as an innovator who helped transform Army Medicine into a systems-based organization. He also shaped a federal investment in EHR exchanges and HIT for active military, veteran, and civilian populations.

“Healthcare is starting to undergo significant changes, becoming more outcome-based and patient-centered,” Pak said. “Mobility will be critical for healthcare organizations to achieve this transformation.”

Pak’s military experience is especially pertinent as Diversinet is working with the Army to expand deployment of the company’s MobiSecure® technology to support the mCare telehealth program for wounded soldiers.