2019’s HealthIT Week may have come and gone, but there are still many things to learn. With that in mind, here are 19 of the most influential people in Health Technology. These are the visionaries who, across social media, medicine, technology, and journalism, will show us the way toward a better future in the health field.
Founder of NOSTALAB
Generally regarded as the top creative thinker in digital healthcare, John Nosta brings insightful perspectives on health innovation while communicating difficult material to key audiences. He’s a popular contributor to Fortune, Forbes, Psychology Today, and Bloomberg. According to his Twitter bio, Nosta is also on the Google Health Board and on the World Health Organization’s Digital Health Roster of Experts.
“Simply put,” Nosta told us, “[the cliché] ‘build it and they will come’ just doesn’t work!
My focus has not only been on the articulation of the health tech movement but to provide analysis and insights into the “diffusion of innovation” into the complex healthcare system.”
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Founder of Basil Strategies and Doctors 2.0.
Denise Silber has created and or participated in over 200 digital health events around the world, has authored highly-cited eHealth publications for the European Commission and the Institut Montaigne, and has interviewed hundreds of digital health inventors. She is an expert on Virtual Reality in Medicine, Patient Engagement, and Digital Transformation, and her opinion leadership has made Denise a top-10 social media influencer in Health Tech and Digital Health, She was awarded France’s highest civilian award, the Legion of Honor, for her work in advancing e-health.
Founder of Passionate Pioneers podcast
From his website: “Powered by new ideas, new processes, and new technologies, a massive transformation is sweeping the global healthcare industry. Mike Biselli speaks directly to this transformation, encouraging industry leaders of all kinds to face it, while empowering them to do their part to shape the healthcare system of the future.
“Whether his audience is composed of clinicians, patients, entrepreneurs, executives, technologists, academics, or politicians, Mike will inspire listeners to tear down the silos that divide them and build the tools and communities needed to harness the power of the global health innovation movement.”
The Health Care Blog, founded in 2003 and read by a self-reported daily audience of four to five thousand people, calls itself the “leading online forum covering the business of healthcare and the new ideas that are changing the health care industry.” It claims to have been called “the leading insider voice in the field” by The Wall Street Journal.
Dr Nick van Terheyden
MD, Managing Director & Strategist Incremental
Dr Nick van Terheyden is an independent expert and leader in Digital Healthcare and Sustainable Innovation. He brings a distinctive blend of medical practice and business strategy both national and international, to the realm of healthcare technology. His keynotes bring intelligent insights that energize and inspire audiences with not only what’s possible but also includes what’s achievable. He is a leader in applying Digital Technology, Big Data, Speech and Artificial Intelligence to the healthcare landscape.
A visionary business communications consultant
From Lila Stavropoulou’s Twitter page: “A multilingual and visionary business communications consultant, specialising in marketing and social media management for B2C and B2B technology and digital health companies, organizations and NGOs. Visionary communication scientist, who understands how communication and science can work together to empower the citizen with the collaboration of the business and technology world. Lila is also a Young Gasteiner and a Member of the European Health Parliament.”
Blogger on HealthcareScene.com.
John Lynn on LinkedIn: “An avid blogger with 25 highly trafficked blogs across 3 niches: HealthcareScene.com, PureDWTS.com, and CrashDad.com. Strong abilities in marketing, blogging and SEO along with a strong ability to create compelling content quickly. I also run the leading Healthcare IT Job board (HealthcareITCentral.com) along with Physia.com and InfluentialNetworks.com and am a formal advisor to multiple companies.”
Professor Shafi Ahmed
Shafi Ahmed on LinkedIn: “Professor Shafi Ahmed is a multi award winning surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator and entrepreneur. He is a 3x TEDx and an international keynote speaker and is a faculty at Harvard Medical School and at Singularity University.
He is chairman and a co-founder of the Global Innovation and New Technologies conference in London and Chair of WEBIT Health, Bulgaria.
He is a laparoscopic colorectal cancer surgeon at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals and has been awarded the accolade of the worlds most watched surgeon. He has been recently appointed as an advisor to The Ministry of Health Abu Dhabi Government for digital transformation and innovation
Global Head, G4A Digital Health at Bayer
Eugene Borukhovich on LinkedIn: “Results driven & passionate entrepreneur and executive with a proven record in envisioning, leading & executing multi-million dollar revenue and growth initiatives domestically and abroad. Valued member of executive management teams with key contributions beyond the technology expertise. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, coupled with vision, business insight, and excellent negotiation and decision-making abilities. Poised to deliver powerful strategies, laying foundations for creative solutions in revenue growth and market product acceptance. Thrive with creativity during uncertainty. Love startups, game changers and the sharing economy.”
Health economist, advisor, healthcare consultant, and trend-weaver
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn on LinkedIn: “Health economist, advisor, healthcare consultant, and trend-weaver for clients in the business of health care at the intersection of health+technology+people. Works with health stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem on strategy, scenario planning, policy and health care reform, and environmental analysis. Blogs at Health Populi, contributes to Huffington Post. Advisory Boards: CanSurround, CAQH Index, Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement (GWU), Health 2.0 Conference, healthhbank, Stupid Cancer, WEGO Health. Board Member of The Clinic (Phoenixville PA). Represented by Speakers Express (American Hospital Association) and Executive Speakers Bureau. Health. Board Member of The Clinic (Phoenixville PA). Represented by Speakers Express (American Hospital Association) and Executive Speakers Bureau.”
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Shahid Shah writes at LinkedIn: “I’m a company builder. I love making products that require complex engineering skills but need to be easy to deploy and use. My passion is innovation that improves people’s lives in measurable ways. My experience has been in regulated, security-conscious, safety-critical industries such as Med Devices, Digital Health (health IT), and Gov 2.0 because they’re usually creating the most demanding products and services.”
Founder and publisher at www.netspective.media
Lionel spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2012 he created Pharmageek to share on digital health. In 2014 he created his company 7CS HEALTH to support health stakeholders towards digital health. He is part of several startups in digital health. Lionel has trained hundreds of healthcare professionals on digital health and give classes in MBA DMB in several cities in France, Shanghai (China), Algiers (Algeria) and Casablanca (Morocco). He is director of the MBA Digital marketing business “digital health” which will be launched early 2020 in France. Blogger, social media influencer, Lionel makes about fifty conferences a year.
Dr. Jordan Shlain, M.D.
Dr. Jordan Shlain is a practicing primary care doctor, a medical anthropologist and a thought leader. He is passionate about science, scientists and is a vociferous advocate for both doctors and patients. He currently serves as the managing partner for Private Medical, a full-service clinics which embodies innovation in the modern framework of prevention focused medicine and its network of world-class experts. He is the founder of Healthloop, a digital therapeutic that enabled patients to get much better outcomes by staying contextually connected to their medical team around an episode of care. Healthloop recently sold to GetWell Networks.
When he is not practicing medicine, you can find him beating the drum for a new Hippocratic Oath and serving as the chairman for EatReal, a non-profit aimed at illuminating the ultra-processed food in our children’s school systems.
He has served as a health commissioner for the City of San Francisco, worked as medical advisor to Optum and currently advises many venture capital and private equity firms as well as forward thinking, science based start-ups to improve the lives of patients.
Content Curator at InnoNurse is a forward thinking HealthIT curation website.
From Danielle Siarri’s LinkedIn: “Danielle has a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is a registered nurse with experience ranging from hospital setting of transplants, trauma, as well as a case manager in a corporate environment and a leading global health technology influencer.”
She is an adjunct professor at the University of New England in the Health Technology Department and has contributed to blogs at The British Journal of Healthcare Computing, HIMSS, Infermedica, InterSystems Pulse, Meditech, Microsoft Intel in Health Nurse, and Philips Health.
Founder of mHabitat
From Victoria Betton on LinkedIn: “I am founder and managing director of mHabitat – an NHS hosted organisation which supports people-centred digital innovation in health and care, and Co>Space North – a digital health and tech for good collaboration space. I am a qualified social worker and coach with over twenty year’s experience in local government, third sector and the NHS. I have Masters degrees in Women’s Studies, Social Work and a Diploma in Public Sector Relations. My doctoral research was on the theme of mental health and online social networks. I am a member of the HIMSS UK Advisory Board, Leeds City Region Digital Board, and a trustee for Solace, a refugee and asylum seeker charity. I am co-author of Teen Mental Health in an Online World.
Joseph C. Kvedar
Author and Vice President of Connected Health, Partners HealthCare
Author of two books, The New Mobile Age: How Technology Will Extend the Healthspan and Optimize the Lifespan and The Internet of Healthy Things, Dr. Kvedar is recognized globally for leadership and vision in the field of connected health, has authored over 100 publications, and is on the Editorial Board of NPJ Digital Medicine, a Nature research journal. The popular cHealth Blog features his insights on connected health.
The voice of FeibusTech
From LinkedIn: “Mike Feibus is the voice of FeibusTech, an analyst firm that has been providing an unparalleled blend of technical depth, market insight and business savvy to the IoT, wearables and mobile client markets and technologies for more than 15 years. He is a well-read and well-respected columnist that is regularly featured in the Tech section of USA TODAY as well as CIO Magazine.”
Global Goodwill Ambassador. Co-Founder of Medsnakemedia
From LinkedIn: “I create effective healthcare growth strategies. My authentic content generates 500,000 + views per month. As a stage 4 cancer survivor, I’m passionate about helping healthcare/medical companies increase their influence and revenue. My name is pronounced (Sha-nay). International Goodwill Ambassador for Public Health, appointed as such by the FAAVM. Bilingual in English and Spanish. I also serve as a Global Goodwill Ambassador!”
I HELP PEOPLE NAVIGATE HEALTH AND TECHNOLOGY
Susannah advises companies and organizations on how to navigate the intersection of health and technology.
From 2015-17, she served as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in the Obama Administration. From 2014-15, she was the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Susannah worked as an associate director at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project between 2000 and 2014; where she directed the health research portfolio as well as the project’s digital strategy. In her research, she combined traditional surveys with fieldwork in online patient communities, with a particular focus on people living with rare and chronic conditions.
From her LinkedIn profile: “I am the former editor of the website for U.S. News & World Report magazine and worked at RealNetworks during its start-up phase. I graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in anthropology.
I frequently give talks about the social impact of technology, particularly as it relates to health and health care, and I contribute to the Society for Participatory Medicine blog, Tincture (on Medium), and susannahfox.com, my personal blog.”
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