Sep 24 2020

30 Healthcare IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2020

Through podcasts, blogs and tweets, these influencers offer insight and expertise to help their audiences keep up with the latest in healthcare technology trends.

Healthcare organizations have been pursuing digital transformation for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the process, making it a necessary step for survival. In order to safely conduct business and reach patients from a distance, healthcare leaders have been forced to rethink traditional approaches to care delivery — and technology has played a critical role in helping them find a way forward.

From telemedicine to remote patient monitoring, tech has played a major part in enabling quality care during this time. To keep you updated on the latest trends and solutions influencing the industry, HealthTech has compiled a list of 30 top healthcare IT influencers who offer valuable insights into successful technology implementations. 

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Natalie Dean
Natalie Dean

Dean is a biostatician and assistant professor at the University of Florida. Online, she shares thought leadership on the importance of public health data, increased rapid testing efforts and the development of an effective COVID-19 vaccine.

John Brownstein
John Brownstein

Brownstein is chief innovation officer at Boston Children's Hospital. An infectious disease epidemiologist by training, his recent research focuses on the power of mobile technology to provide more timely signals of COVID-19 transmission. His team is working on an app that uses crowdsourced COVID-19 data to determine new hotspots.

Susannah Fox
Susannah Fox

Fox formerly served as CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An industry expert, she uses her blog to navigate the intersection of health and technology. She regularly discusses such topics as digital health practices for teens and the virtues of health data.

Divya Nag
Divya Nag

Featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and Time’s Health Care 50, Nag is currently leading Apple’s special projects focusing on health. She also led the team at Apple in developing ResearchKit, an open-source app developer that provides data storage and information sharing to researchers and doctors alike.

Dr. Victoria Brazil
Dr. Victoria Brazil

An emergency physician and medical educator, Brazil uses her Twitter account to share valuable information about healthcare technology. Brazil is also a host of Simulcast, a podcast that focuses on healthcare simulation.

João Bocas
João Bocas

As a thought leader in wearable technologies, digital health, the Internet of Things and healthcare innovation, Bocas explores the intersection of technology and business. His blog posts and tweets offer valuable insights on the impact of disruptive innovations and future trends in healthcare technology.

Brandi Davis-Dusenbery
Brandi Davis-Dusenbery

Davis-Dusenbery is the chief scientific officer at Seven Bridges, a Boston-based industry-leading biomedical data science company accelerating precision medicine. She’s best known for her work with the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, collaborating with stakeholders to shape global standards for data access and usability.

Dr. Farzad Mostashari
Dr. Farzad Mostashari

Mostashari formerly served as the national coordinator for health IT at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is also the CEO and founder of Aledade, a company that promotes a new way of thinking about primary care.

Danielle LeVeck
Danielle LeVeck

LeVeck, a who holds a DNP and is also a registered nurse, has been an ICU RN since 2011 and recently became a cardiovascular intensive care unit nurse practitioner. Recognizing the quirks in nursing culture early on in her career, LeVeck quickly became a nurse advocate, sharing stories about “nurse abnormalities” and how instrumental nurses are to providing optimal patient care.

Dr. Jay Parkinson
Dr. Jay Parkinson

Parkinson is CEO and co-founder of Sherpaa, a virtual primary care services platform. Parkinson isn’t shy about citing telehealth’s pain points, offering actionable thought leadership in support of a mobile-first experience focused on doctor-patient relationships and better usability.

HIMSS
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

The global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focuses on better health through information and technology.

Dr. Rasu Shrestha
Dr. Rasu Shrestha

Shrestha is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Atrium Health. He spent more than a decade at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, serving as vice president for the organization’s technology commercialization arm. He is chair of the HIMSS Innovation Committee and co-chair of the Health Datapalooza conference.

Alicia Staley
Alicia Staley

A three-time cancer survivor, Staley is committed to making a difference in healthcare. With over 20 years of experience in software design and information systems management, Staley works to engage patients in unique ways throughout the development lifecycle of new products as the senior director of patient engagement for Medidata.

Carrie Shaw
Carrie Shaw

As the CEO and founder of Embodied Labs, Shaw works at the intersection of health education and virtual reality storytelling. Born out of Shaw’s personal experience with her mother, who ultimately passed away from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, the company offers VR trainings to caregiving stakeholders to help them gain a better understanding of their patients.

Dr. Bertalan Meskó
Dr. Bertalan Meskó

Meskó is director of the Medical Futurist Institute, a company that helps make sense of digital technology and bring healthcare into the 21st century. Meskó has been featured by dozens of top publications, including CNN and The New York Times. His website has had more than 5 million readers, and he has been recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Healthcare.

Dr. Joseph Kvedar
Dr. Joseph Kvedar

Kvedar is editor in chief of the journal npj Digital Medicine and a longtime virtual care evangelist. Named president-elect of the American Telemedicine Association in 2020, he weighs in on wearables, data analytics and how shifting care models could affect insurance coverage.

Danielle Siarri
Danielle Siarri

Siarri works as an adjunct professor at the University of New England in the area of health technology and is the lead publisher at InnoNurse, a healthcare technology news site. She’s also contributed blog posts to HIMSS, Infermedica, InterSystems’ Pulse and Meditech.

Leah Binder
Leah Binder

Binder serves as the president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, where she has brought about changes in the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, including promoting partnerships to eliminate early elective deliveries and encouraging the safe use of health technology. She is noted as one of the most prominent female healthcare influencers and is a regular contributor to Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Eric Topol
Dr. Eric Topol

Topol is the founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, a professor of molecular medicine and the executive vice president of Scripps Research. He is also the author of Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again.

Dr. Geeta Nayyar
Dr. Geeta Nayyar

Nayyar currently serves as the executive medical director at Salesforce. She is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare IT, a physician executive, a frequently sought-after public speaker and an author with unique perspectives that bridge clinical medicine, business, communication and digital health. Dr. Nayyar maintains active practice and faculty affiliation with the University of Miami and serves on the University of Miami Medical School Alumni Association Board.

Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips
Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips

Compton-Phillips is executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Providence, the first health system in the U.S. to treat a COVID-19 patient. She speaks regularly about the organization’s early digital efforts to flatten the curve, including symptom-assessing chatbots, telehealth and remote patient monitoring.

Dr. Kevin Pho
Dr. Kevin Pho

Founded in 2004 by Pho, kevinmd.com is a leading web platform where physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, medical students and patients share their insight and tell their stories.

Aaron Miri
Aaron Miri

Miri is the CIO for Dell Medical School and UT Health Austin. Appointed in 2018 to serve on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, Miri shares online insights about UT’s contract tracing efforts and the value of interoperability during the pandemic.

Christina Farr
Christina Farr

Farr is a health and technology reporter for CNBC. She has built a career at the crossroads of healthcare technology and journalism and has a social media following in the tens of thousands.

John Nosta
John Nosta

Nosta is the founder of NOSTALAB, a digital health think tank. He is a member of the Google Health Advisory Board and created a roster of digital health experts to provide strategic advice to the World Health Organization. Nosta also hosts TQ: Technology Quotient, a podcast about health technology’s relation to the human condition.

Denise Silber
Denise Silber

As a highly cited author, Silber has participated in hundreds of digital health events around the world. She is an expert on VR in medicine, patient engagement and digital transformation, and has become a top influencer in healthcare technology in recent years.

Becker’s Healthcare Podcast
Becker’s Healthcare Podcast

This podcast, produced by Becker’s Healthcare, features interviews and conversations with the latest in thought leadership in the healthcare industry.

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Sarasohn-Kahn is the founder of THINK-Health, a strategic consultancy working with organizations at the intersection of consumers, technology and healthcare. A health economist, she runs the Health Populi blog, which offers critical takeaways on a wide range of industry data and research.

Tom Kamber
Tom Kamber

Kamber is the founder and executive director of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)/Senior Planet. Since the organization was founded over 15 years ago, it has helped nearly 100,000 older adults get online and created the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults.

David Chou
David Chou

Chou serves as the senior vice president and CIO for Harris Health System. As an industry expert and keynote speaker, Chou is often mentioned in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, HIMSS Media and Modern Healthcare.