MDLIVE, a player in the explosive telehealth market, makes CEO change

Scott Decker will be the new CEO of MDLIVE.
Scott Decker will be the new CEO of MDLIVE.

Fast-growing telehealth provider MDLIVE announced a change at the top on Friday.

Longtime health-tech executive Scott Decker will be chief executive officer of the Sunrise-based company effective Monday. Current CEO and founder Randy Parker will become chief business development officer and continue to serve on the board of directors.

“We are on the cusp of a technology-enabled consumer revolution in healthcare not dissimilar to what has been experienced in retail, travel, and banking. I was immediately impressed by the vision, technology platform, partnerships and team that Randy has assembled at MDLIVE,” Decker said in a statement. “Having the opportunity to jump into the middle of this incredible growth story and help the team evolve to the next level was something that I couldn't pass up. I believe the rapid adoption of virtual care models over the next few years has the potential to dramatically change the healthcare landscape and MDLIVE will be a key catalyst in that change.”

Decker joins MDLIVE with nearly 30 years of experience as both an innovator and health information technology leader. Most recently, he served as CEO at HealthSparq, where he built the industry's first cloud-based shopping/transparency platform for healthcare consumers. In four years, HealthSparq grew from startup to servicing 70 health plans and 70 million Americans and was recently recognized as 196 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Prior to HealthSparq, he held CEO and president roles at NextGen Healthcare and HealthVision.

MDLIVE has grown along with the explosive telehealth sector, where the doctor is a click away. The company’s virtual healthcare service covers more than 22 million people for the 2017 health plan year and encompasses the full spectrum of medical conditions. To fund its growth, MDLIVE has raised more than $73 million in venture capital financing. In May, MDLIVE said it added access to behavioral health services through its partnership with Walgreens.

“I take great pride that our accelerated growth allows us to attract a high quality professional like Scott to take the helm, bringing added dimensions of leadership and experience to our executive team. I’ve known Scott for many years and am confident he is the right person to lead MDLIVE into this new stage,” said Parker, who founded MDLIVE in 2009.