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Deep Dhillon

Alliance Health Networks isn’t wasting anytime bolstering its Pacific Northwest operations following the purchase Medify, a Seattle upstart that it gobbled up two weeks ago. The Salt Lake City company, which operates niche-oriented social networks for more than three dozen diseases, plans to announce the hiring of Deep Dhillon as chief data scientist.

Dhillon most recently served as CTO of Seattle-based Evri, the news reader application bankrolled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Before that, he served as director of engineering at Insightful Corporation and founder and chief scientist of music search and identification company Cantametrix.

Dhillon will be based in Seattle, part of an expansion effort by Alliance Health following its purchase of Medify.

“Alliance is making a pretty big commitment to the area as it makes Seattle it’s technology hub; so lots of growth on the way,” said Medify co-founder Derek Streat at the time of his company’s sale.

In the new role, Dhillon will be responsible for analyzing the health research information compiled by Medify. He will also analyze data across the various Alliance Health properties, making sure that the company’s 1.5 million members get the most relevant health information. Alliance Health’s sites include Diabetic Connect, Sleep Connect, Arthritis Connect and more than four dozen other properties.

“Deep has extensive expertise building smart search applications, which will prove extremely valuable as we continue to build the most powerful and searchable online health platform,” said Medify co-founder Jay Bartot, senior vice president of technology at Alliance Health Networks.

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