SAN DIEGO, CA – 16 May, 2017 – higi, the health IT company that operates the largest health screening ecosystem in North America, announced today the addition of Robert Wah, MD, former President of the American Medical Association and Global Chief Medical Officer of DXC Technology to its Board of Directors.
Dr. Wah, a reproductive endocrinologist and OB/GYN, is most notably recognized for his expertise in healthcare and health information technology. He served at the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was the first Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT.
“As higi continues to expand its capabilities to work with leading healthcare organizations to personalize population health, experts like Dr. Wah will insure the appropriate approach and perspective needed to enable sustainable health improvement in the communities across the nation,” said CEO Jeff Bennett.
“Approximately 60% of health outcomes are determined by social, environmental, and behavioral factors,” said Dr. Robert Wah. “higi gives/provides consumers and healthcare organizations an affordable, accessible vehicle to connect outside of the traditional health system. I am excited about joining the board to help guide improving the health of consumers and to connect higi and healthcare organizations.”
Dr. Wah has been ranked in the Top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician magazine readers. He currently cares for patients, performs surgery, and trains fellows and residents at the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the McKnight Brain Research Foundation and the American Telemedicine Association.
For over 23 years, Dr. Wah served on Active Duty in the Navy and was the Associate CIO for the Military Health System in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. There, he led the requirements team of over 100 physicians, nurses and pharmacists and also managed the technology portfolio of 520 clinics and hospitals worldwide, covering over 10 million patients and $900,000,000 spending for Health IT tools. He has also taught at Harvard Medical School, University of California-San Diego and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Wah did his training at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda and Harvard Medical School and holds two board certifications. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School..
higi is a technology company that is transforming the way communities take care of themselves. Founded in 2012, the company owns and operates the largest FDA-cleared self-screening health station network in the United States with nearly 11,000 stations located in food, drug and mass market retailers. higi also operates a robust online community platform that is linked to the higi health station network and over 80 health devices, activity trackers and apps. To date, more than 36 million people have used a higi health station to conduct nearly 200 million biometric screenings (blood pressure, pulse, weight, body mass index). Over 5 million people have signed up for a higi account which offers an all-in-one biometric and activity data feed for personal health management and information sharing with friends, family and trusted healthcare providers.
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