Merge Healthcare Appoints Chief Medical Officer
Ms Whitaker was previously at the Chicago Community Trust, where she directed the strategy and priorities for funds that support the health of the Chicago region. She also was recently appointed by Governor Quinn to the board of directors of the Illinois Health Information Exchange Authority.
At Merge, Ms Whitaker will help guide new product strategy designed to enhance the companyâ€™s product portfolio as well as support new federal healthcare initiatives. She will also act as Mergeâ€™s liaison with clinician-focused industry organizations as the company continues its focus on improving the usability and interoperability of electronic healthcare.
Prior to joining the Chicago Community Trust, Ms Whitaker was an assistant professor of Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. There, she conducted research to determine the impact of lifestyle factors that affect the overall health and quality of living. She also received funding from the National Institutes of Health to work in low-income communities with people living with chronic diseases.
Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare, said: â€œWith the evolution of electronic healthcare and the changing healthcare landscape, Merge is developing of a variety of new and enhanced products and services. Dr. Whitaker will be a valuable resource in helping us optimize our offerings to meet the needs of both patients and the medical community.
â€œAs a former practicing physician with a long-time commitment to improving the healthcare delivery system, she is an ideal choice to help us build an increasingly stronger healthcare information platform.â€
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