West Wireless hires former FCC health official

Score another one for the West Wireless Healthcare Institute.

The La Jolla, Calif.-based organization on Monday announced that it has hired former Federal Communications Commission official Dr. Mohit Kaushal to be executive vice president of business development and chief strategy officer. As director of connected health at the FCC, Kaushal led development of the healthcare chapter of the National Broadband Plan and helped coordinate work between the FCC and the Food and Drug Administration on regulation of mobile and wireless medical devices.

At West Wireless, Kaushal will help the institute identify and pursue business opportunities and help accelerate commercialization of technologies, all with the goal of reducing healthcare costs. He has previous experience in venture capital, business investment and public health.

"Dr. Kaushal is a respected visionary and champion for wireless health and one of the few people in the world with such a breadth of experience in this emerging field," West Wireless CEO Don Casey says in a press release. "He knows the technology marketplace, he has a physician's perspective on patient needs and he understands the regulatory and financial hurdles that can sometimes deter true innovation. We're honored he is joining our executive team as someone who can help us achieve our mission to lower healthcare costs."

For more information:
- see this WWHI press release