SOURCE: Physicians Interactive

Physicians Interactive

November 05, 2013 08:56 ET

Health eVillages Names mHealth Innovator Mark Friess to Advisory Board

WelVU CEO Brings Extensive Strategic Global Mobile Health Expertise to Program

READING, MA--(Marketwired - Nov 5, 2013) - Health eVillages, which provides state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world, today announced that it has appointed Mark Friess, the CEO and Founder of WelVU, Inc., to its Advisory Board.

WelVU is a leading provider of data-driven, mobile enterprise patient engagement solutions for clinics, hospitals and health systems to help empower patients with actionable information that leads to higher satisfaction, lower costs and improved outcomes. 

"This is an exciting time as Health eVillages continues to expand its footprint across the globe, and we are proud that Mark Friess will be sharing his strategic expertise with us," said Donato Tramuto, the Founder of Health eVillages. "Mark has extensive experience as an innovator of global mHealth initiatives. He has dedicated his career to delivering innovative solutions in both the commercial and non-profit mobile healthcare sectors to enable providers to use technology and the latest information to improve the quality of care for patients around the globe."

Health eVillages is a program founded by Tramuto and Physicians Interactive in partnership with the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (RFK Center). Health eVillages provides iPod®, iPad® and other handheld devices equipped with specialized reference and clinical decision support tools to improve primary and preventive healthcare in underserved areas around the world.

Since its inception in 2011, Health eVillages has made a significant impact in improving access to critical, live-saving medical information worldwide, launching programs in Africa, Central America, Pacific nations, the Caribbean and areas of Louisiana affected by the Gulf oil spill.

Friess also serves as the Chairman of the WelVU Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting healthcare organizations, NGOs, and governments in developed and developing countries in their efforts to improve the health and wellness of their people and communities through cost-effective health information communication tools delivered via global mobile health solutions.

"I am excited to join the Health eVillages Advisory Board and share my insights on how they can help save lives in underserved regions around the world through mobile health technology," said Friess. "Health eVillages is one of the most innovative approaches being used today to help save lives by providing the most up to date information to clinicians in some of the most remote areas around the globe. Health eVillages has the track record that shows an app can indeed save a life."

Prior to his current roles, Friess was a Senior Vice President at Krames StayWell, which provided enterprise-wide health information communication products and services. He was also the President of Krames Video Solutions, which supported client needs for health information text and video content delivered via the web, physical media and mobile devices. Prior to his time at Krames, Friess was the CEO, President and Co-Founder of wired.MD, which provided video patient education and digital health information content, and was acquired by Krames. He also was a co-founder of StarveUps, a nonprofit, peer mentoring organization for entrepreneurs.

Additional members of the Health eVillages Advisory Board include:

  • Donato Tramuto, Founder, CEO and Vice Chairman of Physicians Interactive
  • Steve Andrzejewski, Chief Executive Officer of Spiritus Pharmaceuticals
  • John Boyer, President and General Manager of MAXIMUS Federal Services
  • Dr. Tim Bristol, Nurse Educator
  • Caleb DesRosiers, Healthcare Counsel at Foley Hoag LLP
  • Greg Divis, President and CEO of KV Pharmaceutical
  • Dr. Mary Jane England, Professor at Boston University School of Public Health
  • Dr. Antoinette Hays, President, Regis College
  • Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights
  • Devin Paullin, Executive Vice President of Corporate Business Development of Physicians Interactive
  • Derek Rago, Vice President of Marketing & Strategy, McKesson Patient Relationship Solutions
  • Glen Tullman, Managing Director, 7Wire Ventures
  • Neil Versel, Freelance Healthcare Journalist

About Health eVillages
Health eVillages, a program of the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights and Physicians Interactive, provides state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world. For more information about Health eVillages, please visit

About Physicians Interactive
Headquartered in Reading, MA, PI aspires to use the power of worldwide networks of healthcare professionals and life sciences companies together in ways that will change the practice and business of medicine for the better. PI's value proposition is to offer the life science industry a low-cost, virtual, multi-channel marketing approach that can be used to supplement currently promoted products, as well as non-promoted and orphaned products, that deliver benefits to physicians and patients. A key focus is providing services that fit into physicians' and healthcare professionals' daily workflow at the point-of-care when they make diagnosis, treatment and prescribing decisions. More information can be found at

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