MDeverywhere, the software company that designs wireless applications used by physicians for ordering medicine and voice dictation, among other features, has appointed Dr. Howard Jewell to the post of president and chief executive officer, and Larry Ferguson as company chairman of the board.

Current CEO and MDeverywhere founder Dr. Lloyd Hey will remain with the company as vice chairman.

A press release issued by the company also says that “several positions have been eliminated,” but a spokeswoman for MDeverywhere declined to comment further, referring calls instead to Lori Poston, the company’s marketing communications director. Poston did not immediately return phone calls.

In a prepared statement Dr. Hey says: “As we bring in new leadership to grow the company, we took this opportunity to evaluate our core business and restructure accordingly. I am confident the newly-formed executive team is well-equipped to guide the company’s growth, navigate future opportunities and continue the vision of improved patient care.”

Jewell has experience in the medical industry as the vice president of marketing and development for Nashville-based Phycor, Inc., which provides management and consulting services to independent medical organizations and contract management services to physician networks, among other services. It is Jewell’s first go-round as CEO.

Ferguson is a 20-year veteran of the information technology industry who spent the majority of his career as president of First Data Health Systems Corporation. In the news release MDeverywhere asserts that First Data is one of the world’s largest healthcare information companies.

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