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AdvaMed Launches New Digital Health Tech Division, Appoints Board Members


AdvaMed, the Medtech Association, announced the formation of AdvaMed Digital Health Tech, a new division within the organization that represents digital medical technology companies and promotes the critical role of data and digital medtech in transforming health care. The group, which is led by Shaye Mandle, acts as a thought leader and convener for the industry and focuses on four core policy areas: regulation, payment and health care delivery, data stewardship and privacy, and cybersecurity.

The AdvaMed Board of Directors approved the Digital Health Tech Board of Directors during the group’s quarterly meeting during The MedTech Conference, selecting Taha Kass-Hout, GE HealthCare Chief Technology Officer, as the first chair of the group.

“Digital technology is rapidly evolving and making a profound impact on the care patients receive, and the medtech industry is at the forefront of this new era of care,” said Scott Whitaker, AdvaMed President and CEO. “While AdvaMed has long been a leader in digital health policy, this new division, led by GE HealthCare’s Taha Kass-Hout and AdvaMed’s Shaye Mandle, will enable us to expand our work as this ever-evolving technology paves the way for new innovation at a faster pace. There will be a great deal of legislative, regulatory, and payment policies to be implemented in the coming years with the proliferation of AI and digital health platforms into our health care system, and AdvaMed looks forward to working with lawmakers and the Administration to implement them in a way that benefits patients.”

“It’s a remarkable honor to stand as the lead for the AdvaMed Digital Health Tech Board of Directors,” said Taha Kass-Hout, GE HealthCare’s Chief Technology Officer. “Recognized as the global pinnacle in medtech, AdvaMed offers an unparalleled platform to further the incredible advancements we’re witnessing in digital health. Together with my esteemed colleagues on the Digital Health Tech Board, our collective vision and action will be dedicated to the enhancement of diagnosis, treatment, and patient care worldwide. This pivotal moment marks not just an evolution, but a revolution in health technologies that will shape the present and the future of health care, ensuring the integration of cutting-edge AI-powered digital solutions for the betterment of patient care globally.”

“AdvaMed’s new Digital Health Tech division will be one of the world’s leading thought leaders on all things digital health, bringing together experts and companies of all sizes to shape the future of health care,” said Shaye Mandle, AdvaMed Digital Health Tech Executive Director. “I look forward to working with Taha and our entire board to ensure patients have access to safe, effective, and life-saving digital health technologies.”

The AdvaMed Board approved the following people for the Digital Health Tech Board:

  • GE HealthCare: Taha Kass-Hout, CTO – Chair 
  • Johnson & Johnson: Shan Jegatheeswaran, Global Head of Digital, Johnson & Johnson MedTech 
  • ResMed: Urvashi Tyagi, CTO 
  • Philips: Julia Strandberg, Chief Business Leader, Connected Care 
  • Stryker: Robert Cohen, President, Digital, Robotics & Enabling Technology 
  • Siemens: Christian Eusemann, VP Research & Innovation, Collaboration Officer 
  • Medtronic: Ken Washington, SVP, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer 
  • Apple: Sumbul Desai, M.D., VP Health 
  • Google: Bakul Patel, Sr. Director, Global Health Strategy 
  • Microsoft: David Rhew, M.D., Global CMO & VP Healthcare 
  • Verily: Rich Glenn, Head of Commercial, Care Delivery 
  • Applied VR: Josh Sackman, President & Co-Founder 
  • Amazon: Melissa Cha, Vice President, Amazon Devices & Services 
  • Nanowear: Venk Veradan, Co-Founder & CEO
  • Baxter: Reaz Rasul, EVP and President, Healthcare Systems & Technologies

Taha Kass-Hout was named GE HealthCare’s new CTO in January 2023, and drives the company’s D3 precision care strategy, a framework and digital products that emphasize the company’s smart devices, aligned to disease states and enabled by digital. Prior to joining GE HealthCare, Dr. Kass-Hout served as Vice President, Machine Learning and Chief Medical Officer Amazon and Amazon Web Services. He also served two terms in the Obama Administration as the FDA’s first Chief Health Informatics Officer, and Director, Information Science and Informatics for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Shaye Mandle joined AdvaMed earlier this year to oversee the transition of the Center for Digital Health to the Digital Health Tech Division. He previously served as President and CEO of the Medical Alley Association and as COO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO).  

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