PeopleTalk: January/February 2013

» Vince Leonard has joined Liberty Software as business development manager. Leonard’s background includes seven years of software experience in the retail and long-term care markets. He holds a B.S. degree from Texas A&M.

» New hires at Ateb are Bjorn Thommesen and Rebecca Chater, R.Ph., M.P.H., F.A.Ph.A. Thommesen will be responsible for developing sales channels for pharmacy-based clinical programs. He has over a decade of experience selling to Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial health plans and employers. His expertise has been on solutions that improve healthcare delivery and outcomes, while reducing costs for payers and increasing quality and member satisfaction scores, including
HEDIS, STAR, and CHAPS. His prior experience was with HealthPartners, UnitedHealthCare, Amerigroup, and Express Scripts.

Chater will assume the post of executive healthcare strategist. She brings more than 20 years of experience in community pharmacy-based patient care, optimizing medication use, and improving outcomes. Chater was a pioneer in the historic Asheville Project, is a past-president of the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, and has served as visiting clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, from which she holds a master’s degree in public health and aB.S. in pharmacy.

» Surescripts has announced that Harry Totonis, president and CEO, will step down in March of this year. Under his leadership the company has realized pharmacy’s mission to make e-prescribing a reality and established the nation’s leading clinical network to enable nationwide health information exchange. Totonis joined Surescripts shortly after its merger with RxHub in 2008 and successfully completed the acquisition of Kryptiq in 2012. Under his leadership the Surescripts network has grown to the level of handling six billion transactions annually.

» Casey Robb Smith has joined InfoWerks as the director of sales and client services. Prior to this she was with Emdeon. Smith has over 17 years of experience in the pharmacy market, including 10 years with a national pharmacy chain, and seven years in pharmacy data technology. CT