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Vibrent Health adds new Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Friday, February 2, 2018  
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James C. Wade, MD, has joined Vibrent Health as Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO). In the role, Wade will provide direction in clinical, scientific, behavioral and lifestyle research as well as standardization of the measurement and evaluation framework for Vibrent’s digital health programs. He will also act as a liaison to National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, and other governmental agencies and health organizations on policy issues effecting clinical research, patient care and wellness.

Wade joins Vibrent Health as the 8-year-old company enters into the next phase of its growth with the spring 2018 launch of NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative, the largest-ever health study in the nation’s history, which is powered by Vibrent Health’s Learning Health System (LHS) precision medicine technology platform.

The project, also called All of Us Research Program (AoURP), is a national research study comprised of 1 million American volunteers who will provide health information and biological samples over a 10-year period. The LHS enables research scientists to collect and combine data from disparate sources, such as genomics, biomarkers, environment, electronic health records, wearable devices, behavior, lifestyle and other health indicators, to make discoveries that can advance precise prevention, detection and treatment of diseases.

"The clinical and scientific expertise that Dr. Wade brings to Vibrent Health will have tremendous value to our growing team of research and health data experts. He brings a perspective as a medical practitioner that will enormously benefit the design of our digital programs,” said Praduman Jain, founder and CEO of Vibrent Health. “Dr. Wade offers real-world experience treating patients and encouraging their involvement in their care, which combined with his background as a scientist and researcher will greatly enhance our ability to engage participants for the long-term as well as ensure quality and meticulousness in our work.”

“This is an exciting time to be a part of Vibrent Health as we transform medicine and research with the evaluation and implementation of cutting-edge technologies that provide a significant step forward in the clinical and scientific management of patients and research study participants,” said Wade. “The Vibrent Health platform is uniquely designed to enhance participants’ experience through increased engagement using machine learning, communication, and access to interdisciplinary expertise that results in improved quality-of-life and allows these individuals to live the healthiest lives possible.”    

Wade, a medical oncologist, formerly served as deputy director for quality and network development at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Wade is a Professor of Medicine and Oncology and previously held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins hospital, University of Maryland, University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and Medical College of Wisconsin, and he served as Chairman at Geisinger Cancer Institute. Wade is board certified in oncology and infectious diseases and internal medicine, and he holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public and a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University.

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