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Ben Chodor steps down as Happtique CEO amidst changes

Happtique, a mobile health company that has been part of a national debate on how mobile health apps should be regulated and certified, has made changes to its senior management, namely that Ben Chodor is no longer the CEO of the business. He’s been replaced by Lee Perlman, who is also the founder and president […]

Happtique, a mobile health company that has been part of a national debate on how mobile health apps should be regulated and certified, has made changes to its senior management, namely that Ben Chodor is no longer the CEO of the business. He’s been replaced by Lee Perlman, who is also the founder and president of the Greater New York Hospital Association venture arm, GNYHA Ventures.

Chodor is currently listed on Happtique’s website as co-founder.

MobiHealth News broke the story this morning, pointing to the management shakeup as part of a series of changes at the business. It said “the association recently made the decision to re-focus Happtique just on hospital customers and strip upwards of $1 million out of Happtique’s budget. The contentious decision led to the resignation of Happtique’s CEO Ben Chodor as well as other key players exiting the company.”

Brian Conway, a spokesman for GNYHA, issued a statement denying there had been a change in funding but acknowledged it had repurposed its budget to expand software engineering and clinical resources:

“Happtique has not had a $1 million budget reduction, nor anything close to it. We have instead repurposed our budget in the short term, and are in fact expanding in areas such as software engineering and clinical resources. Further, Ben Chodor is still deeply involved in the company and has transitioned to a role focused more on Happtique’s strategic growth and less on day-to-day management. As for Happtique’s focus, it has always been primarily on hospitals, but we continue to actively explore other key mHealth sectors. And as for certification and mRx, both are 100% on track.”

Update Chodor said in an email that he had no comment.

With Chodor at its head, Happtique set up a certification program to help providers evaluate mobile health apps for healthcare and medical education settings. Among the criteria set down for the program were operability, privacy, security and content. It also set up a platform to help healthcare professionals prescribe apps.

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