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Matrixx announces retirement of chief exec

BY Michael Johnsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Matrixx Initiatives on Wednesday announced that president and chief executive officer Carl Johnson will be retiring from the company, effective Oct. 31.

“[Johnson]’s contributions to Matrixx cannot be overstated,” the company said. “Under his leadership, [Matrixx] has experienced a 30 percent compounded annual growth rate in revenues and sustained profitability. The Zicam brand has ranked in the top three brands for growth in the cough/cold category for the past six consecutive years.”

William Hemelt, who joined Matrixx in 1998 and currently serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, will assume the additional roles of acting president and chief operating officer, with responsibility for the day-to-day management of the company, until the completion of the company’s chief executive search.

Johnson has agreed to serve as a consultant to Matrixx until March 31, 2009, the end of the company’s current fiscal year, to assist with transition items.

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Continua to demonstrate interoperable products at Connected Health symposium

BY Michael Johnsen

PORTLAND, Ore. The Continua Health Alliance, an organization dedicated to enabling interoperable healthcare products and solutions, on Tuesday announced that the first demonstration of seamlessly connected Continua pre-certified products and solutions will take place Oct. 27 at the Partners Center for Connected Health 5th Annual Connected Health Symposium in Boston.

“With close to a quarter of the world’s population overweight, more than 600 million people with some form of chronic disease, and millions more reaching retirement age, the time for greater personal health management is now,” Dave Whitlinger, Continua Health Alliance president said. “Continua member companies are working on real solutions that will empower consumers and healthcare professionals to access and share information quickly and easily through connected products and solutions.”

A&D Medical, Cambridge Consultants, Cypak, FitLinxx, Google Health, IBM, Intel, National Health Service, Nonin Medical, Oracle, Partners, Philips, Roche Diagnostics and University Health Network will participate by providing devices and software solutions that support Continua’s upcoming Version One guidelines and share a common interface. The devices and solutions will be set in both home and professional settings. Audience members will see the benefits of real-time information sharing, including improved data for diagnostics and treatment, time and cost savings, and an improved patient experience.

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Continua taps Parker for executive director

BY Michael Johnsen

PORTLAND, Ore. The Continua Health Alliance on Tuesday named Charles Parker to the post of executive director. Parker was most recently the chief technology officer and senior vice president of business development and marketing at Masspro, a performance improvement organization dedicated to advancing healthcare quality.

Beginning in January, Parker will work with Continua’s board of directors to develop a vision and strategic plan for guiding new initiatives for growth, financial stability and services to membership.

“Continua is at the forefront of a revolution in personal healthcare,” Parker said. “By focusing on the creation of a new market of connected health and wellness devices and solutions, Continua is empowering healthcare professionals, individuals and their families to better manage health and wellness at every stage of life. I’m proud to join Continua and look forward to helping the organization achieve its goal of better health, through connectivity.”

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