Former White House Advisor Joins PriceDoc Board of Directors
SEATTLE, Oct. 23 -- PriceDoc, a free, web-based consumer service that enables greater access to affordable medical, dental and other healthcare procedures, today announced that Jonathan Javitt, M.D., who served in senior health advisory roles to President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, and Peter Newton, M.D., a renowned orthopedic surgeon, have joined its board of directors.
"We are thrilled to have Drs. Javitt and Newton join the PriceDoc team," said William Chadwick, CEO of PriceDoc. "Their background and expertise in the medical and technology fields will be immensely important in furthering our mission of helping people find quality healthcare at an affordable price."
Dr. Javitt, currently an adjunct professor of ophthalmology at both Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University, served as Assistant to the Chairman of the Health Professionals Review Group of the White House Health Reform Task Force under President Clinton. In 2003, Dr. Javitt was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the Health Committee of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC). The PITAC report, "Revolutionizing Health Care through Information Technology," has served as a blueprint for the government's current focus on computerizing the nation's healthcare infrastructure. During the administration of President George H. W. Bush, Dr. Javitt served as an Expert Consultant to the Medicare Program.
In addition to his government service, Dr. Javitt has founded or co-founded a series of successful health information technology ventures that have been acquired by Siemens, United Health Care, Aetna and Quality Systems, Inc.
Dr. Newton is a winner of the prestigious Cabaud Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of sports medicine. Dr. Newton currently practices in Beverly Hills, Calif., and is a specialist for disorders of the shoulder and knee and other sports medicine injuries.
"Dr. Javitt and Dr. Newton are highly thought of in their respective fields and their perspectives will be very helpful as PriceDoc continues to grow," says Chadwick. "The concept of bringing patients and doctors together online is still relatively new, but adding two doctors of such high caliber to our team helps show how promising that idea is."
PriceDoc, which initiated its pilot program in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound area in January 2008, will launch nationwide on November 2, 2009.
To learn more about PriceDoc, Inc, visit www.pricedoc.com or call (877) 783.2771.