Former head of Google health policy joins Omada Health after chief development officer leaves
OmadaHealth attacks the costly problem of chronic diseases, beginning with diabetes. It is a social support, shared experience and trust network to "treat" a diagnosis of pre-diabetes. Since the net present value of avoiding a single case of diabetes is known to be $55,000, insurance companies are interested in this.
In the wake of the departure of Omada Health’s chief healthcare development officerMike Payne last week for personal reasons, the digital health company has hired the former head of health policy at Google, Elizabeth Engel, as a consultant, as part of a series of new hires.
In a phone interview, Adam Brickman, Omada Health’s director of strategic communications and public policy, said Engel will fill some of the company’s immediate needs on health policy. One matter that she is working on is the current comment period for changes to the physician fee schedule to expand the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program.
Brickman said the company planned to make at least one senior-level hire on the commercial side of the business in the coming weeks.
“It is a busy time at Omada Health. I loved working with Mike Payne and wish the best for him and his family,” Brickman said. “We will miss him.”
He added that the company expects to have additional job announcements in the coming month.