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January 07, 2016

Dictum Health Bolsters its Roster with New Leadership Hires

Telemedicine is rapidly becoming one of the greatest technological developments in healthcare.  Building telemedicine requires plenty of resources, and careful consideration of the overall market. Dictum Health is looking to build its fortunes in telemedicine by bringing in a new executive team to better drive the company forward.

This new team will have plenty to capitalize on, as the company is releasing a tablet-based system that allows acute-care diagnostics to go forth for not only home-based patients, but also for remote patients in the United States market and beyond. That takes a lot of experience to manage, so Dictum Health called on some fairly major names in healthcare to help drive the future.

The company's founder and CEO, Mory Ejabat—who himself was formerly CEO of Ascend, which he launched from startup and sold for $24 billion to Alcatel-Lucent—noted that the company's goal was to use telehealth systems as a means to not only improve patient care, but also lower costs. The company's new Chief Medical Officer is Chris Simmons, M.D., who has 25 years of private practice experience to his name and also serves as an internist and geriatrician at John Muir Medical Center.

Kim Hobbs serves as Vice President of Engineering, working with a variety of firms to bring products to market. Elizabeth Keate, a 20 year veteran of product delivery from companies like Medtronic and Texas Instruments, is now Vice President of Product Management.

Deb Anderson is the company's Vice President of Marketing, with 20 years field experience in major names in both pharmaceuticals—Abbot Laboratories—as well as IBM and Motorola. Finally, the company's new Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs is Paul Landesman, PhD, who brings 30 years' worth of experience in pharmaceuticals, biotech, and medical devices.

Bringing formerly unavailable medical specialties to remote and otherwise underserved locations, telemedicine is a powerful new tool that's available at minimal cost and without much call for infrastructure gains. That makes it very useful for hospitals and other such care centers to bring in, and that means a lot of competitors going after a market that's likely to be rife with opportunity. Dictum Health is bringing in some real heavyweights with a lot of experience, but in a market that's comparatively new, will any amount of experience be sufficient to spot potential pitfalls ahead?

It's the safest course of action to take; go with experience and hope for the best. It may not work out, but Dictum Health seems to have both a compelling product and a powerful executive team behind it, and that might be just the recipe for success needed here.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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