Dr. Hon Pak and Fred Hannett Named to Help Diversinet Build upon Success
of MobiSecure Technology with U.S. Army's mCare Program
TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Diversinet Corp. (TSX Venture: DIV, OTCBB: DVNTF), a leader in "Connected and Protected"
mobile healthcare communications, has appointed to its executive
advisory board two experts in healthcare technology issues and
applications related to the United States Department of Defense (DoD):
Dr. Hon Pak, previous President of the American Telemedicine Association
and recently retired Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Army Medical
Department, Office of the Surgeon General
Frederick J. Hannett, a Washington-based consultant and healthcare IT
thought leader with longstanding ties to the DoD, as well as founder
and Managing Principal of The Capitol Alliance
"Dr. Pak and Fred Hannett greatly strengthen our executive advisory
board," said Diversinet Chairman and CEO Albert Wahbe. "Their
outstanding accomplishments and extensive leadership experience in
large-scale healthcare delivery systems bring us well-informed guidance
and insight as we build upon our success with the U.S. Army's mCare
mCare is a telehealth outreach program established for members of the
military recovering from mild traumatic brain injuries and other
wounds. The program leverages a HIPAA-compliant mobile phone
application based on Diversinet's MobiSecure® technology, which enables daily two-way secure communication between
patients and Army healthcare professionals.
Following an extensive pilot program, the Army engaged Diversinet under
a five-year contract to support mCare's expansion. A mobile platform
will be critical to enable patient-centered care in the military
healthcare system, especially as the Army implements a patient-centered
medical home model throughout the enterprise.
"Now that we've demonstrated the value of MobiSecure for the U.S.
military," Wahbe said, "we will be seeking guidance from our new
advisers to strategically expand our presence and market share in both
the federal and commercial spaces."
Dr. Pak served as President of the American Telemedicine Association,
leading the effort on global health and standards development for
telehealth. Previously, he headed the Advanced Information Technology
Group within the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center,
which served as the DoD's health IT research and development arm.
He is recognized for developing a comprehensive informatics
infrastructure and a health IT strategy around patient-centered care.
Dr. Pak shaped a federal investment in electronic health record
exchanges and health information technology for active military,
veteran and civilian populations.
Hannett has an extensive understanding and knowledge base in the health
delivery programs of the DoD, Veterans Affairs and other governmental
departments. He spent more than 12 years at the DoD, culminating with
his appointment as Budget Director and Legislative Advisor to the
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.
He is currently Vice Chair of the Public Policy Steering Committee of
the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a
board member of the Institute of Federal Health Care.
Members of the executive advisory board provide strategic direction to
Diversinet and help refine the company's vision, while also helping to
identify opportunities for its MobiSecure product line in government,
pharmaceutical and other healthcare organizations.
Alan Portela, the advisory board's chairman, is an mHealth strategist
and innovator. He is currently CEO of AirStrip Technologies and a
member of Diversinet's board of directors. The advisory board's fourth
member is Mark Trigsted, Diversinet's Executive Vice President for
Diversinet Corp. (TSX Venture: DIV, OTCBB: DVNTF) provides patented and
proven secure products that enable healthcare organizations to rapidly
deploy HIPAA-compliant mobile healthcare (mHealth) applications to
anyone, anytime, anywhere, on mobile devices. Diversinet's MobiSecure® application addresses the increasing need for secure messaging, as well
as safe, convenient, on-the-go storage and sharing of personal health
data. Learn more about how Diversinet is delivering "Healthcare.
Connected and Protected" at www.diversinet.com.
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