Serkan Kutan, the former chief technology officer at Zocdoc, joined the healthcare joint venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase as its CTO.
The venture represents the most promising attempt to improve healthcare in the U.S., Kutan wrote in a LinkedIn post announcing his new job. Zocdoc is an online platform that matches consumers with doctors.
"We owe it to our children to tackle this giant, and the founders' long-term, not-profit seeking approach is exactly what it will take to make a difference," he wrote.
About a year ago, the CEOs of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan announced that they had formed an independent not-for-profit entity to reduce healthcare costs and improve care for their close to 1.2 million employees.
In June, prominent Boston surgeon and health policy writer Dr. Atul Gawande joined the cause as CEO. The venture also hired former Comcast general manager of digital health Jack Stoddard as its chief operating officer.
Despite scant detail, the endeavor has been touted as a disruptive force that can send ripple effects throughout the industry.
Bolstering those expectations, UnitedHealth Group-owned Optum recently sued to block a former executive from working at the joint venture and potentially sharing trade secrets.