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.