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  • sarayelpaala International Announces New Chief Medical Officer

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

The company appointed Medell Briggs, MD, MPH, MSHS, the Director of Quality of Emergency Medicine for UCLA Health, as Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

DENVER (PRWEB) October 17, 2019 International, an intelligent mobile patient engagement solution focused on improving patient experience globally today announced the appointment of Dr. Medell Briggs as the Chief Medical Officer. She brings over 15 years of medical experience and innovation expertise and will support the company at this significant phase of growth in the U.S. and internationally.

"Dr. Briggs brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in healthcare improvement and joins us at this pivotal stage of exciting global growth" said Kaakpema "KP" Yelpaala, CEO and Founder of International. "As a nationally recognized healthcare professional and hospital executive, Dr. Briggs is transformative leader focused on innovation, collaboration and excellence. Throughout her career, she has worked to improve the health of diverse communities through high-value healthcare models and technology. Dr. Briggs will help ensure that we continue to bring our customers a valuable solution to improve patient experience, quality of care and health outcomes.”

In her new role, Dr. Briggs will lead’s clinical strategy and innovation as well as medical compliance. She will also support the company in thought leadership on digital health and healthcare policy in the US and other international markets. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Briggs has been a practicing Emergency Medicine physician, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of Quality of Emergency Medicine for UCLA Health, and recognized leader, speaker and author on healthcare improvement. She has held several hospital executive and department leadership positions including as the first quality executive of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, which received “HIMSS Stage 7” and “Most Wired” designations due to her contributions.

Dr. Briggs has received several awards of recognition, including the “Top Healthcare Professionals Under 40” from the National Medical Association. She is an alumna of UCLA, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

“There is an unmet need to truly engage and support people around their health concerns and improve access to healthcare services in a personalized manner. Digital health poses a significant opportunity to bridge the access and quality gap, deepen personalization of care, and allow people to take full ownership over their physical and mental wellbeing," said Dr. Briggs. "I am excited to join’s talented and visionary team and to continue their work in creating impactful solutions to support health and wellness for communities across the globe.”

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