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Pa­trick Kennedy, a for­mer con­gress­man and mem­ber of one of the coun­try’s most fa­mous po­lit­i­cal fam­i­lies, has joined the board of tech­nol­ogy startup Quar­tet Health.

Kennedy, 48, be­gan as an in­de­pen­dent mem­ber this month. Quar­tet’s soft­ware fa­cil­i­tates col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween med­i­cal and be­hav­ioral­health providers and uses a data en­gine to pro­vide physi­cians with pop­u­la­tion in­sights.

A ma­jor ad­vo­cate for ac­cess to be­hav­ioral-health ser­vices, Kennedy au­thored the Men­tal Health Par­ity Act in 2008, which re­quires in­sur­ers to pro­vide cov­er­age for men­tal-health con­di­tions com­pa­ra­ble to ben­e­fits pro­vided for phys­i­cal care. He re­cently spoke on CBS’ “60 Min­utes” about what he called the “Kennedy code of si­lence,” re­fer­ring to his fam­ily’s lit­tle-known suf­fer­ing from al­co­holism and men­tal ill­ness.

He has since founded The Kennedy Fo­rum and One Mind for Re­search, which work to bring pol­i­cy­mak­ers, busi­ness lead­ers and sci­en­tific com­mu­ni­ties to­gether to im­prove men­tal healthcare.

Med­i­cal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer Dr. Jan Kim­pen Royal Philips has named as its first com­pa­ny­wide CMO to sup­port the com­pany’s fo­cus on healthcare tech­nol­ogy.

Kim­pen, 57, will join the com­pany Jan. 1. He most re­cently served as chair­man of the ex­ec­u­tive board at Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Utrecht in the Nether­lands.

Kim­pen, who will re­port to Philips CEO Frans van Houten, started at UMC Utrecht in 1997 and be­came pres­i­dent of the med­i­cal cen­ter in 2009. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has en­tered into a part­ner­ship with Philips un­der Kim­pen’s lead­er­ship.


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