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Advanced Practice Strategies Appoints Dr. Robert Ashton as Chief Medical Officer
Board-Certified Surgeon, Co-Founder of MDLinx.com Joins Effort to Transform Continuing Education in Healthcare
Boston, MA – September 6, 2012 -- Advanced Practice Strategies (APS), leading innovators in healthcare knowledge delivery, has appointed Robert Ashton, MD, a Board-certified surgeon and co-founder of MDLinx.com, as Chief Medical Officer.
“Dr. Ashton is a true innovator with deep experience in clinical practice and healthcare management,”
“Healthcare and technology are converging like never before, creating an incredible opportunity to transform continuing education in healthcare,”
“Recruiting Dr. Ashton to APS caps the company’s effort to build an outstanding leadership team that is primed to take full advantage of the opportunity at hand,” said Bob Higgins, Chairman of APS, Founder of Highland Capital Partners, and Faculty Member at Harvard Business School. “By redefining continuing medical education, APS is leading the way to a cost-effective healthcare system that delivers the best care possible.”
Dr. Ashton is a Board-certified surgeon in both Thoracic Surgery and General Surgery. Before joining APS, Dr. Ashton served as Director of Thoracic Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Director of Surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital. He has extensive experience in both clinical medicine and academic research. He has lectured, performed surgery, and taught nationally and internationally.
Dr. Ashton has worked with several healthcare venture investment firms. He is the co-founder of MDLinx.com, an internet-based company that provides medical information to physicians and other healthcare providers.
Dr. Ashton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Philosophy from Muhlenberg College and a medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed his training in thoracic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Advanced Practice Strategies (APS) is eliminating risk, increasing patient safety, and reducing healthcare costs by making it easier for physicians, nurses, and other providers to fill knowledge gaps that lead to serious medical errors. APS is creating the next generation of mobile, web-based tools to assess clinician competency, map latent risk in the healthcare environment, and deliver highly customized education that saves clinician learning time, rapidly improves performance, reduces medical malpractice risk, and increases patient safety. APS’s flexible, state of the art eLearning program has helped more than a thousand hospitals across the country dramatically reduce healthcare costs and error rates. Based in Boston, MA, APS is dedicated to improving the lives of both patients and caregivers through effective, innovative education solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.aps-