Spok Holdings, a leader in critical communications, today announced the appointment of Andrew Mellin, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer. In this new role, Dr. Mellin will be responsible for representing physician’s needs for communications software solutions to drive improvements in provider efficiency and patient care. Dr. Mellin joins recently appointed Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Dr. Nat’e Guyton, in creating a clinical leadership team focused on using communication technologies to enable more effective workflow approaches that complement a health system’s investment in electronic records.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Mellin to our team,” said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of Spok. “He is an industry veteran, who brings over 20 years of healthcare experience—both as a physician and executive—to the position, and will play a key role in executing our long-term strategy to achieve growth in all healthcare markets. He has an impressive track record of success in implementing innovative health information technologies to improve patient care.”
Dr. Mellin brings extensive experience in health information technology, including leading change management in health systems, driving physician adoption of new technology, and developing successful clinical solutions, with four healthcare technology patents and patent applications. He was most recently VP, Medical Director at RedBrick Health, where he helped health systems drive engagement with consumer-oriented population health and well-being solutions. Prior to RedBrick Health, Dr. Mellin spent 15 years at McKesson in various positions, including Vice President and Medical Director for Population and Risk Management, developing real-time quality solutions and electronic health records. He has previously served as Medical Director for Allina Health’s Davies Award-winning implementation of an electronic health record at nine hospitals and 60 clinics across Minnesota, and has almost 20 years of experience as a practicing physician, most recently as a hospitalist at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.
“Physicians and provider organizations are under intense pressure to become more efficient and demonstrate value,” said Dr. Mellin. “Better communication among providers, nurses, other care team members, as well as patients and families will be an essential foundation for progress. I’m excited to be a part of Spok, where the Spok Care Connect® platform can improve how individuals on a care team communicate and also intelligently deliver critical information quickly to providers on the device of their choice.”
Dr. Mellin received his M.D. from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and his MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. He was trained in Internal Medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the Minnesota Leadership Board of the American Lung Association.