30 Healthcare IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2022
The healthcare landscape is changing. External forces, such as the pandemic, are behind some of that change, but so are digital health leaders pushing for improved care delivery, equity and patient outcomes.
Change in digital health comes in different forms. Driven by patient requests for on-demand access to care, clinician shortages and the growing collection of patient data, developments around digital-first strategies, virtual care, clinician workflow efficiencies and interoperability are continuing to evolve in response.
Clinicians and patients have become much more reliant on digital health solutions, and now the focus has turned to how to best manage and integrate these tools while maintaining a secure environment. The successful implementation of these technologies and strategies depends on cross-team conversations and holistic approaches to clinician workflows.
HealthTech is excited to highlight the leadership and hard work of 30 healthcare IT influencers driving innovation and change in the digital health space. These leaders offer valuable insights into successful technology implementations.
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Dr. Ami Bhatt is the director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief innovation officer for the American College of Cardiology. She also co-hosts the MedTech Insights podcast.
Dr. Ana Velázquez Mañana is a clinical instructor at the University of California, San Francisco. She tweets about oncology research, health disparities and Latinas in medicine.
Andy Mychkovsky is a strategic adviser and independent consultant for healthcare startups, private investors and companies looking to develop or improve their go-to-market approach. He is also the founder and writer of Healthcare Pizza, a blog focused on breaking digital health into bite-size pieces on a weekly basis.
Dr. Anupam B. Jena is an associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and an associate physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also the host of the Freakonomics, M.D. podcast. Every week, he explores a fascinating question at the intersection of medicine and human behavior.
Dr. Ashish Atreja is the CIO and chief digital health officer at UC Davis Health. He leads innovation technology and partners on digital and data initiatives under the UC Davis Digital CoLab.
Dr. Atul Butte is the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor and inaugural director of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. He is also the chief data scientist for the entire University of California Health system, which includes 20 health professional schools, six academic health centers and four children’s hospital campuses.
Beverly Malone is the president and CEO of the National League for Nursing, a resource for nursing education tools, trainings, events and news. She has served as president of the American Nurses Association and as deputy assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition to running The Nerdy Nurse blog, which focuses on topics such as nursing and technology, Brittney Wilson is the senior manager for support communities at HealthStream.
Chris Recinos is the CEO and founder of the Nurse Leader Network and host of its eponymous podcast, which focuses on helping nurse leaders grow.
Danielle Siarri works as an adjunct professor at the University of New England and is the lead publisher for InnoNurse, a healthcare technology news site. She’s also contributed blog posts to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Infermedica, InterSystems’ PULSE blog and Meditech. Her tweets focus on digital health.
Dr. Estela Rodriguez is associate director of community outreach and thoracic oncology at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of Miami Health System. She tweets about oncology and health equity.
Janae Sharp is the founder of Sharp Index, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing physician burnout and suicide and improving physician mental health. She also serves as an adviser for several health companies and is a board member for the Utah chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is the founder of THINK-Health, a strategic consultancy working with organizations at the intersection of 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.
Dr. Jennifer Mieres is a cardiologist and the chief diversity and inclusion officer at Northwell Health. She is also the executive producer for Ms. Diagnosed, a documentary focused on disparities in how men and women receive care.
Dr. Jennifer Schneider is the CEO of Homeward, a technology-enabled healthcare provider delivering care to rural America. She tweets about healthcare in rural communities.
As a thought leader in wearable technologies, digital health, the Internet of Things and healthcare innovation, João 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.
Dr. John Halamka is president of Mayo Clinic Platform, where he leads a portfolio of new digital platform businesses focused on transforming health by leveraging artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and an ecosystem of partners for Mayo Clinic. Halamka also runs the Digital Health Frontier blog.
Dr. Jorge A. Rodriguez is a clinical investigator and hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he researches tech equity. He tweets about bridging the digital divide.
Dr. Joseph Kvedar wears many hats. He is a professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, senior adviser on virtual care at Mass General Brigham and editor in chief of the journal npj Digital Medicine in addition to being a practicing physician and longtime advocate for virtual care. He is the immediate past chair and senior adviser to the American Telemedicine Association, in addition to past president. On Twitter, Kvedar weighs in on wearables, data analytics and virtual care.
Dr. Kimberly Manning is a professor of medicine for the Division of General Internal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She is also the co-host of The Human Doctor podcast, where she focuses on the human side of medicine.
Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo is chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco as well as vice dean for population health and health equity at the UCSF School of Medicine. She was recently named editor in chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association and JAMA Network.
Nicole Thomas is the CEO and principal consultant at Impact Nurse Consulting and an instructor of clinical nursing at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. She is also the founder of her own educational firm, which provides education, tools and resources to nurses, nurse practitioners and allied healthcare professionals who have a desire to take their careers to a new level.
Dr. Nisha Mehta is a keynote speaker, a diagnostic radiologist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the founder of the online community Physician Side Gigs. Mehta has been featured in Forbes, The Washington Post and Bloomberg and on CNN.
Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola is chief health equity officer and senior vice president at Humana. She is responsible for setting an agenda and strategy to promote health equity across all Humana lines of business, including its care delivery assets. Olayiwola is also the CEO and founder of Inspire Health Solutions, an organization committed to improving health and health systems as well as empowering women across the globe.
Dr. Patrice Harris is a psychiatrist and CEO of eMed Digital Healthcare. She is also the medical editor in chief at large for Everyday Health Group, which creates evidence-based health and medical content focused on real-world patient and clinician experiences to help people take control of their health. Harris is a past president of the American Medical Association and was the first Black woman to hold the position.
Dr. Rasu Shrestha is executive vice president and chief strategy and transformation 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 the former chair of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Innovation Committee and board and is a committee member of the Health Datapalooza and National Health Policy Conference.
Sherri Hess is vice president and chief nursing informatics officer at HCA Healthcare, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver.
Dr. Shikha Jain is a board-certified hematologist and oncologist. She is an assistant professor of medicine, director of communication strategies, and associate director of oncology communication and digital innovation at the University of Illinois Cancer Center in Chicago. Jain is a founder and CEO of the COVID-19 action and advocacy group IMPACT, founder and chair of the Women in Medicine Summit, and founder and president of the nonprofit Women in Medicine.
Dr. Siobhan Wescott is director of American Indian health in the College of Public Health at University of Nebraska Medical Center as well as an associate professor. She is an advocate for indigenous communities and health equity.
Dr. Vineet Arora is the dean for medical education at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She tweets about transformation in medical education and health IT.