Top 10


Geri Lynn Baumblatt runs patient engagement at Emmi, which is one of the leading companies delivering patient education. A regular at conferences, she’s a leader in how both technology and human interaction can improve the lives of patients and caregivers, and she serves on the Board of Journal of Patient Experience.

Geri Lynn Baumblatt runs patient engagement at Emmi, which is one of the leading companies delivering patient education. A regular at conferences, she’s a leader in how both technology and human interaction can improve the lives of patients and caregivers, and she serves on the Board of Journal of Patient Experience.

Geri Lynn Baumblatt

Helen Figge is one of those powerful women leading the charge in breaking down the barriers in health tech. She’s now Senior VP, Global Strategic Development at LumiraDx, and she’s leading their charge from their US base into multiple countries in Europe. Helen’s presented on women leading tech panels at Health 2.0 both in the US and Europe and serves on many boards, but we’re equally impressed by her role mentoring young people in health care.

Helen Figge is one of those powerful women leading the charge in breaking down the barriers in health tech. She’s now Senior VP, Global Strategic Development at LumiraDx, and she’s leading their charge from their US base into multiple countries in Europe. Helen’s presented on women leading tech panels at Health 2.0 both in the US and Europe and serves on many boards, but we’re equally impressed by her role mentoring young people in health care.

Helen Figge

KenNeth Mandl is a nerd’s nerd. He runs the Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children's where he uses big data to study population health, patient engagement, and care redesign. With Zak Kohane he leads the SMART program which is the ONC-FUNDED national  effort to build reusable and sustainable medical apps which can plug into the EMR infrastructure.

KenNeth Mandl is a nerd’s nerd. He runs the Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children's where he uses big data to study population health, patient engagement, and care redesign. With Zak Kohane he leads the SMART program which is the ONC-FUNDED national  effort to build reusable and sustainable medical apps which can plug into the EMR infrastructure.

Kenneth Mandl

Bridget Duffy has spent a career improving patient experience, and in fact was the first “Chief Experience Officer” in the nation at Cleveland Clinic. She then started ExperiaHealth which was bought by tech company Vocera and has now morphed into the Experience Innovation Network. Bridget and her team convene providers to collaborate on improving patient experience. And she was named "2015 Woman of the Year" by Women Health Care Executives.

Bridget Duffy has spent a career improving patient experience, and in fact was the first “Chief Experience Officer” in the nation at Cleveland Clinic. She then started ExperiaHealth which was bought by tech company Vocera and has now morphed into the Experience Innovation Network. Bridget and her team convene providers to collaborate on improving patient experience. And she was named "2015 Woman of the Year" by Women Health Care Executives.

Bridget Duffy

Eric Topol is the undisputed intellectual leader of the digital health movement. As a cardiologist and genetics expert he was behind some of the first biotech drug testing at Cleveland Clinic, but later left when he correctly called out the Clinic’s leadership for its cozy relationship with Merck over the Vioxx scandal. Since moving to Scripps he’s combined his interests in cardiology, genetics, genomics, wireless medicine, and pharmacogenomics, and written two great books for the lay audience -- The Creative Destruction of Medicine, and The Patient Will See You Now, as well as being active and approachable on Twitter. He’s diagnosed Stephen Colbert on TV, given keynotes everywhere (including we’re glad to say at Health 2.0 in 2014) and is now leading a huge NIH study into precision medicine.

Eric Topol is the undisputed intellectual leader of the digital health movement. As a cardiologist and genetics expert he was behind some of the first biotech drug testing at Cleveland Clinic, but later left when he correctly called out the Clinic’s leadership for its cozy relationship with Merck over the Vioxx scandal. Since moving to Scripps he’s combined his interests in cardiology, genetics, genomics, wireless medicine, and pharmacogenomics, and written two great books for the lay audience -- The Creative Destruction of Medicine, and The Patient Will See You Now, as well as being active and approachable on Twitter. He’s diagnosed Stephen Colbert on TV, given keynotes everywhere (including we’re glad to say at Health 2.0 in 2014) and is now leading a huge NIH study into precision medicine.

Eric Topol

HE MAY BE THE LOUDEST MOUTH IN ALL OF HEALTH TECH. AND YES, HE’S GOT A FAMILY NAME AND HERITAGE THAT OFTEN BRINGS A DOUBLE-TAKE AMONGST LEFT (& RIGHT) COAST LIBERALS. BUT BEHIND THE HUMOR, THE APPALLING RED SHORTS, AND THE OUTRAGEOUS STATEMENTS--ALL OF WHICH WE’VE SEEN OFTEN AT HEALTH 2.0--JONATHAN BUSH HAS TAKEN ATHENAHEALTH FROM A FLEDGLING BIRTHING CLINIC TO THE BIGGEST CLOUD-ONLY, NETWORK-ENABLED SERVICES PROVIDER IN HEALTHCARE. AND WITH THE MORE DISRUPTION PLEASE KEIRETSU AND THE CAMPAIGNS LIKE "LET DOCTORS BE DOCTORS" AND "UNBREAK HEALTHCARE", HE’S REALLY MORE OF A LEADER OF OUR MOVEMENT THAN ALMOST ANYONE ELSE.

HE MAY BE THE LOUDEST MOUTH IN ALL OF HEALTH TECH. AND YES, HE’S GOT A FAMILY NAME AND HERITAGE THAT OFTEN BRINGS A DOUBLE-TAKE AMONGST LEFT (& RIGHT) COAST LIBERALS. BUT BEHIND THE HUMOR, THE APPALLING RED SHORTS, AND THE OUTRAGEOUS STATEMENTS--ALL OF WHICH WE’VE SEEN OFTEN AT HEALTH 2.0--JONATHAN BUSH HAS TAKEN ATHENAHEALTH FROM A FLEDGLING BIRTHING CLINIC TO THE BIGGEST CLOUD-ONLY, NETWORK-ENABLED SERVICES PROVIDER IN HEALTHCARE. AND WITH THE MORE DISRUPTION PLEASE KEIRETSU AND THE CAMPAIGNS LIKE "LET DOCTORS BE DOCTORS" AND "UNBREAK HEALTHCARE", HE’S REALLY MORE OF A LEADER OF OUR MOVEMENT THAN ALMOST ANYONE ELSE.

Jonathan Bush

Twenty years ago as a young medical student in Italy, ROBERTO ASCIONE founded Healthware International to help digitally transform health care. He’s run the company ever since taking it into--and more remarkably--out of, ad giant Publicis. Now he’s helping companies across health care improve their patient care, and he’s running several conferences gathering thought leaders and patients globally.

Twenty years ago as a young medical student in Italy, ROBERTO ASCIONE founded Healthware International to help digitally transform health care. He’s run the company ever since taking it into--and more remarkably--out of, ad giant Publicis. Now he’s helping companies across health care improve their patient care, and he’s running several conferences gathering thought leaders and patients globally.

Roberto Ascione

Anne DeGheest is the best known coraller of angel investors in digital health. From her early days as a marketing exec at device companies, like Nellicor and Omnicell, Anne moved to the health IT world. In 2010 she founded the HealthTech Capital angel network and was an active investor in CareInSync which was sold to Hearst. We hear she also runs a small conference…

Anne DeGheest is the best known coraller of angel investors in digital health. From her early days as a marketing exec at device companies, like Nellicor and Omnicell, Anne moved to the health IT world. In 2010 she founded the HealthTech Capital angel network and was an active investor in CareInSync which was sold to Hearst. We hear she also runs a small conference…

Anne DeGheest

Despite a blizzard of issues, including her private life being more public than most of us would want, ANNE WOJCICKI has been steadfast in her determination to allow people access to their genetic make up. Despite the well known controversies, particularly with the FDA, 23andme has not only started working with big pharma, but has built a vibrant and active community of activist individuals wanting to understand their and their children’s health. And no one else on this list has been in a Cadillac commercial.

Despite a blizzard of issues, including her private life being more public than most of us would want, ANNE WOJCICKI has been steadfast in her determination to allow people access to their genetic make up. Despite the well known controversies, particularly with the FDA, 23andme has not only started working with big pharma, but has built a vibrant and active community of activist individuals wanting to understand their and their children’s health. And no one else on this list has been in a Cadillac commercial.

Anne Wojcicki

In more than a decade at Pew’s Internet & American Life Project SUSANNAH FOX established herself as the go-to expert on how Americans use technology in dealing with their health. Then Susannah spent time at RWJF really getting to know how leading edge ”maker’ patients deal with health issues. Next her many, many fans were thrilled in 2015 when she was appointed CTO of HHS to build on the work of Todd Park and Bryan Sivak from a “user” perspective. Now she’s running the HHS IdeaLab, promoting and funding innovation inside HHS and collaboration outside. But really her blog’s tagline says it all--“I help people navigate health and technology.”

In more than a decade at Pew’s Internet & American Life Project SUSANNAH FOX established herself as the go-to expert on how Americans use technology in dealing with their health. Then Susannah spent time at RWJF really getting to know how leading edge ”maker’ patients deal with health issues. Next her many, many fans were thrilled in 2015 when she was appointed CTO of HHS to build on the work of Todd Park and Bryan Sivak from a “user” perspective. Now she’s running the HHS IdeaLab, promoting and funding innovation inside HHS and collaboration outside. But really her blog’s tagline says it all--“I help people navigate health and technology.”

Susannah Fox


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Bernard Tyson is CEO of Kaiser Permanente, the venerable west coast integrated provider. He’s used his bully pulpit to advocate for eliminating health care disparities, and to push his peers to provide cost-effective health services (and stay in the OBAMACARE exchanges!). Under his leadership, Kaiser is extending its already aggressive health technology programs, in which they were already the nation’s leader at scale both on the patient and provider side. He’s also cool because he gets to hang with NBA MVP Steph Curry (a benefit of being a big gs Warriors sponsor!)

Bernard Tyson is CEO of Kaiser Permanente, the venerable west coast integrated provider. He’s used his bully pulpit to advocate for eliminating health care disparities, and to push his peers to provide cost-effective health services (and stay in the OBAMACARE exchanges!). Under his leadership, Kaiser is extending its already aggressive health technology programs, in which they were already the nation’s leader at scale both on the patient and provider side. He’s also cool because he gets to hang with NBA MVP Steph Curry (a benefit of being a big gs Warriors sponsor!)

Bernard Tyson

As a young entrepreneur, Jeff Arnold started and sold a heart monitoring business. By 1998 he was putting the fear of god into HealthEon’s Jim Clark, by founding WebMD--which led to the biggest merger in the eHealth era. After spending time out of health founding content site HowStuffWorks, in 2010 Jeff put (some of) the band back together and founded Sharecare, working with Dr. Oz and Oprah. Now major players like The U.S. Army, Eric Schmidt, HCA and Trinity Health are on board as customers (and investors). Six years later, he’s just pulled off his biggest coup, buying Healthways and getting them to pay him to take it (more or less!)

As a young entrepreneur, Jeff Arnold started and sold a heart monitoring business. By 1998 he was putting the fear of god into HealthEon’s Jim Clark, by founding WebMD--which led to the biggest merger in the eHealth era. After spending time out of health founding content site HowStuffWorks, in 2010 Jeff put (some of) the band back together and founded Sharecare, working with Dr. Oz and Oprah. Now major players like The U.S. Army, Eric Schmidt, HCA and Trinity Health are on board as customers (and investors). Six years later, he’s just pulled off his biggest coup, buying Healthways and getting them to pay him to take it (more or less!)

Eric Peacock

Dan Burton was an early investor who got so interested in database analytics company Health Catalyst (and its “late binding” technology) that he ended up CEO. Rocketship growth has followed, with huge players like Allina, Kaiser & Partners all becoming customers and investors, with over $220m raised. perhaps uniquely for an analytics company, Health Catalyst goes at risk for its customers clinical outcomes. We’re guessing this is one of next year’s big IPOs. But we’re a bit grumpy that as well as coming to Health 2.0 they run their own conference too!

Dan Burton was an early investor who got so interested in database analytics company Health Catalyst (and its “late binding” technology) that he ended up CEO. Rocketship growth has followed, with huge players like Allina, Kaiser & Partners all becoming customers and investors, with over $220m raised. perhaps uniquely for an analytics company, Health Catalyst goes at risk for its customers clinical outcomes. We’re guessing this is one of next year’s big IPOs. But we’re a bit grumpy that as well as coming to Health 2.0 they run their own conference too!

Dan Burton

Jody Holtzman has revolutionized the attitude of the aging to health and has kicked the health tech scene in its rear end in the process. He’s the Senior VP and Market Innovator at AARP. What that means is that he has pushed, shoved and prodded health tech companies to consider the needs not just of people who look like 32 year old Fitbit wearers, but those of us 50+ (and older still)! More than 800 startup companies have taken part in AARP's many health innovation contests, and Jody and his team can be found supporting numerous health startup gatherings, including Startup Health, Aging 2.0 and (yes) Health 2.0

Jody Holtzman has revolutionized the attitude of the aging to health and has kicked the health tech scene in its rear end in the process. He’s the Senior VP and Market Innovator at AARP. What that means is that he has pushed, shoved and prodded health tech companies to consider the needs not just of people who look like 32 year old Fitbit wearers, but those of us 50+ (and older still)! More than 800 startup companies have taken part in AARP's many health innovation contests, and Jody and his team can be found supporting numerous health startup gatherings, including Startup Health, Aging 2.0 and (yes) Health 2.0

Jody Holtzman

Michael Fergusson not only has the best hair in the health tech world, but he’s also an advanced martial artist. However the reason he’s on this list is his work founding Ayogo, which uses game psychology and social networks to help patients take control of their treatments. He’s earned rave reviews at Health 2.0 and we’re not the only ones to notice—he was named Ernst & Young's Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.

Michael Fergusson not only has the best hair in the health tech world, but he’s also an advanced martial artist. However the reason he’s on this list is his work founding Ayogo, which uses game psychology and social networks to help patients take control of their treatments. He’s earned rave reviews at Health 2.0 and we’re not the only ones to notice—he was named Ernst & Young's Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.

Michael Fergusson

Drawing in on her experience as a caregiver for her daughter Morgan when she developed an autoimmune disease in 2010, AMY GLEASON founded CareSync which is a patient centered connected record that also acts as a concierge service. Caresync connects people and data to help chronically ill patients have a better experience. As a result, Amy earned recognition as White House Precision Medicine ‘Champion of Change’ in 2015.

Drawing in on her experience as a caregiver for her daughter Morgan when she developed an autoimmune disease in 2010, AMY GLEASON founded CareSync which is a patient centered connected record that also acts as a concierge service. Caresync connects people and data to help chronically ill patients have a better experience. As a result, Amy earned recognition as White House Precision Medicine ‘Champion of Change’ in 2015.

Amy Gleason

Besides running the AgeLab at MIT to pioneer the way that old age and retirement have been looked at in the past, JOSEPH COUGHLIN is the author of the on-line publication Disruptive Demographics. Some of his recent articles include: “Will Robots Replace Our Children?” and  “What If Robots Could Cuddle?”  ThIS Health 2.0 retrospective nomination isn’t the first recognition for Joe, he was called a “ pioneer inventing the future of retirement” by The Wall Street Journal and one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company. But perhaps the most notable thing about Joe is his eclectic collection of bowties..

Besides running the AgeLab at MIT to pioneer the way that old age and retirement have been looked at in the past, JOSEPH COUGHLIN is the author of the on-line publication Disruptive Demographics. Some of his recent articles include: “Will Robots Replace Our Children?” and  What If Robots Could Cuddle?”  ThIS Health 2.0 retrospective nomination isn’t the first recognition for Joe, he was called a “ pioneer inventing the future of retirement” by The Wall Street Journal and one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company. But perhaps the most notable thing about Joe is his eclectic collection of bowties..

Joseph Coughlin

ALEXANDRA DRANE GOT INVOLVED IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP EARLY AND FOUNDED ELIZA, A HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY THAT MAKES MILLIONS OF AUTOMATED PHONE CALLS on behalf of BIG HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS which (among other things) REMIND PEOPLE TO TAKE MEDS. BUT THAT WAS JUST THE START IN HER MISSION TO CHANGE HEALTH CARE. SHE’S ALSO BEHIND ENGAGE WITH GRACE, A CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE CONVERSATIONS AT THE END OF LIFE, AND FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS HAS BEEN WAKING THE INDUSTRY UP TO "THE UNMENTIONABLES"--ALL THOSE THINGS WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THAT ARE KILLING US. WE’RE SUPER PROUD THAT SHE LAUNCHED BOTH THOSE campaigns AT HEALTH 2.0 AND CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT SHE DOES NEXT.

ALEXANDRA DRANE GOT INVOLVED IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP EARLY AND FOUNDED ELIZA, A HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY THAT MAKES MILLIONS OF AUTOMATED PHONE CALLS on behalf of BIG HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS which (among other things) REMIND PEOPLE TO TAKE MEDS. BUT THAT WAS JUST THE START IN HER MISSION TO CHANGE HEALTH CARE. SHE’S ALSO BEHIND ENGAGE WITH GRACE, A CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE CONVERSATIONS AT THE END OF LIFE, AND FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS HAS BEEN WAKING THE INDUSTRY UP TO "THE UNMENTIONABLES"--ALL THOSE THINGS WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THAT ARE KILLING US. WE’RE SUPER PROUD THAT SHE LAUNCHED BOTH THOSE campaigns AT HEALTH 2.0 AND CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT SHE DOES NEXT.

Alexandra Drane

Straight out of college, BRIAN LOEW founded web content management site worldweb.net, then later ran strategy for the Washington Post online side. But in 2005 he founded Inspire as a series of online communities for rare disease sufferers. At present, the company has over 800,000 members on over 100 sites, and the comments we received from many in his communities show how grateful they are for his team’s work. Brian also is on the board of associations dealing with ALS and End of Life Issues, and of course he was at that first Health 2.0 Conference back in 2007.

Straight out of college, BRIAN LOEW founded web content management site worldweb.net, then later ran strategy for the Washington Post online side. But in 2005 he founded Inspire as a series of online communities for rare disease sufferers. At present, the company has over 800,000 members on over 100 sites, and the comments we received from many in his communities show how grateful they are for his team’s work. Brian also is on the board of associations dealing with ALS and End of Life Issues, and of course he was at that first Health 2.0 Conference back in 2007.

Brian Loew

Thomas Stringham is CEO of Cientis Technologies which is in the business of assisting clinicians and practice teams improve their use of EMRs. He was an early developer, starting agency Hot Tomali Communications while still in college, and when not promoting health tech, he’s “promoting” his own health--Thomas has completed three Iron Man triathalons.

Thomas Stringham is CEO of Cientis Technologies which is in the business of assisting clinicians and practice teams improve their use of EMRs. He was an early developer, starting agency Hot Tomali Communications while still in college, and when not promoting health tech, he’s “promoting” his own health--Thomas has completed three Iron Man triathalons.

Thomas Stringham

Dean Stephens has been working in health tech for a long time, and even more remarkably has spent most of the past two decades at one organization--albeit as it changed its name from YourDoctor to Intermap to Healthline. Early this year he sold Healthline’s consumer site to a private equity fund, and got them to give him money to spin out Talix, an NLP tech company that’s reading medical charts and helping identify missed patient condition. Dean’s also chair of the national Caregiver Action Network, and most laudably co-founder of a wine producer/importer Vinium.

Dean Stephens has been working in health tech for a long time, and even more remarkably has spent most of the past two decades at one organization--albeit as it changed its name from YourDoctor to Intermap to Healthline. Early this year he sold Healthline’s consumer site to a private equity fund, and got them to give him money to spin out Talix, an NLP tech company that’s reading medical charts and helping identify missed patient condition. Dean’s also chair of the national Caregiver Action Network, and most laudably co-founder of a wine producer/importer Vinium.

Dean Stephens

Eric Peacock was the successful GM of IAC’s Insider Pages, and while there he began to incubate online health communities. Partly inspired by his nephew’s autism, one of the first communities was MyAutismTeam. Since then he's spun the communities out of IAC and MyHealthTeams now host a series of communities where patients with conditions like Epilepsy, Chronic Pain, COPD, and about twenty more, “team” with caregivers and support each other.

Eric Peacock was the successful GM of IAC’s Insider Pages, and while there he began to incubate online health communities. Partly inspired by his nephew’s autism, one of the first communities was MyAutismTeam. Since then he's spun the communities out of IAC and MyHealthTeams now host a series of communities where patients with conditions like Epilepsy, Chronic Pain, COPD, and about twenty more, “team” with caregivers and support each other.

Eric Peacock

Jay Blahnik is recognized as one of the premier educators, trainers, and instructors in the fitness industry. Named one of the Top 5 instructors in the world by Shape Magazine, Jay's articles and expertise have been featured on MSNBC.com and the Los Angles Times. In 1996, Jay became a Nike consultant and launched Nike+ Running, the largest digital running community in the world. He was also the original creator and program developer of the Nike Training Club App, and the Nike Training Club in-gym program, which boasts over six-million digital users. In 2013, Jay joined Apple as the Director of Fitness and Health Technologies, and was instrumental in developing the fitness and health-related features on the iOS8 software, and most recently, the Apple Watch.

Jay Blahnik is recognized as one of the premier educators, trainers, and instructors in the fitness industry. Named one of the Top 5 instructors in the world by Shape Magazine, Jay's articles and expertise have been featured on MSNBC.com and the Los Angles Times. In 1996, Jay became a Nike consultant and launched Nike+ Running, the largest digital running community in the world. He was also the original creator and program developer of the Nike Training Club App, and the Nike Training Club in-gym program, which boasts over six-million digital users. In 2013, Jay joined Apple as the Director of Fitness and Health Technologies, and was instrumental in developing the fitness and health-related features on the iOS8 software, and most recently, the Apple Watch.

Jay Blahnik

Donna Hill Howes is an expert in patient and professional health care communication. She was host for the consumer health talk show "Vital Signs," and produced a kids health series "98.6 ALIVE!" She was an integral voice in Health Education Media having helmed the International Health and Medical Media Awards for many years. Now she’s at Sharecare, where she’s in charge of strategic content partnerships for the platform.

Donna Hill Howes is an expert in patient and professional health care communication. She was host for the consumer health talk show "Vital Signs," and produced a kids health series "98.6 ALIVE!" She was an integral voice in Health Education Media having helmed the International Health and Medical Media Awards for many years. Now she’s at Sharecare, where she’s in charge of strategic content partnerships for the platform.

Donna Hill Howes

One of the most outspoken VCs in Silicon Valley, VINOD KHOSLA is the one who said 80% of doctors would be replaced by algorithms, a statement he’s since softened. He made his money at Sun Microsystems and later Kleiner Perkins,  and since has spent a lot of it investing IN more health tech startups than any other investor (SERIOUSLY, TOO MANY TO LIST!)

One of the most outspoken VCs in Silicon Valley, VINOD KHOSLA is the one who said 80% of doctors would be replaced by algorithms, a statement he’s since softened. He made his money at Sun Microsystems and later Kleiner Perkins,  and since has spent a lot of it investing IN more health tech startups than any other investor (SERIOUSLY, TOO MANY TO LIST!)

Vinod Khosl


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