Digital Health Top 50

Each year fifty of the leading entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, reporters, and providers dedicated to bringing technological advancements to healthcare are recognized at the Top 50 in Digital Health dinner hosted by Rock Health, Fenwick & West, Goldman Sachs, and Square 1 Bank. Within the Top 50, a number of individuals and organizations are awarded through public nominations and votes from the digital health community for making exceptional progress in driving resources, attention, and innovation toward a massively better healthcare system. From writing healthcare policy to steering corporate acquisitions to moving technology from the bench to the bedside, Top 50 nominated people and organizations are making digital health thrive.

This year I am incredibly honored to have been nominated for the “Biggest Digital Health Evangelist” category, and possibly by some glitch in the system have even made to the finalists stage. Voting is live now and there are a number of names, familiar to you all I am sure, in the various categories. I think that Farzad Mostashari is a good choice for Disruptive Founder of the Year, he was disruptive and innovative as National Coordinator for Health IT; and he certainly is creating new markets and unfolding new categories of customers through breakthrough innovation with Aledade positioning clinicians to succeed in new value based care delivery and payment models (just in time for MIPS and APMs). And let’s not forget our most recent National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo who is a finalist in the Digital Health’s Biggest DC Champion. She deserves this well earned award for her tireless advocacy for digital health solutions.

In the Invention of the Year category obviously I am going with HL7 International’sFHIR, although I believe next year a top contender will be the Blockchain and a Distributed Ledger for healthcare. am also voting for Grand Rounds as the Best Digital Company to Work For as their employer-based solution gives employees and their families the technology, information, and support they need to make well informed medical decisions. Communication tools and a benefits package are included in their platform. And I’m rooting for the underdog in the Reporter of the Year category: Heather Mack of MobiHealthNews and other digital health corners of the web. I have been surprised and impressed at the level of coverage and her smart reporting. She is a digital health expert and you should all follow her on Twitter @1heathermack.

While this is not voting for the President of the United States of America (and will not be as raucous), it is still an important vote in order to highlight the successes in the digital health industry, one which is often overlooked compared to enterprise or consumer technology. And this is going to be a lot more fun than our current election cycle 😏 Voting is live now and you only have until November 18, 2017 to make your voice heard. It is time for the people to decide. Power to the people: patients, clinicians, caregivers, policy-makers, journalists and people of all stripes. Healthcare belongs to us all and digital health is the future now that is providing the solutions we need. You can vote here:

So whether you vote for me (and I’m hoping you will) or vote for the other’s who are very well qualified in my category it is sure to be an exciting outcome:

  • Ann Lamont, Managing Partner at Oak Investment Partners @annielamont
  • Lesley Solomon, Executive Director at Brigham’s Innovation Hub @solomon50
  • Bob Wachter, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF @bob_wachter

The Top 50 Committee who made these decisions as to who would moved forward in the process are digital health visionaries in their own right. They are:

Michael Esquivel, Partner, Fenwick & West

Michael is the Industry Co-Chair for Digital Health at Fenwick & West. He provides strategic counseling to emerging and high-growth companies primarily in the digital health, consumer and enterprise tech, social networking, software and cloud computing industries.

Bill Evans, Managing Director, Rock Health

Bill is the Managing Director of Rock Health. He has deep healthcare and technology expertise, leadership and management experience. Before Rock Health, he spent 13 years in technology/informatics leadership roles at Genentech/Roche, worked as a senior software engineer at Epinions and as an analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Chrissy Farr, Senior Writer, Fast Company

Chrissy is a San Francisco-based journalist specializing in health and technology. Before joining Fast Company, Chrissy worked as a reporter for VentureBeat, Reuters, and KQED. Chrissy was a Top 50 in Digital Health honoree last year for Reporter of the Year. She is still tops in my book 😀

Dr. Leslie Saxon, Executive Director, USC Center for Body Computing

Dr. Leslie Saxon is a professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. In addition, Dr. Saxon serves as the executive director of the internationally acclaimed USC Center for Body Computing and newly formed USC Virtual Care Clinic. She was named Most Tech-Friendly Doc in 2016’s Top 50 in Digital Health.

JC Simbana, ‎Senior Vice President, Square 1 Bank

JC is a cofounder of Square 1 and has more than 15 years of experience working with life science venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Prior to Square 1, he ran the early stage Life Sciences and Digital Health practice at Silicon Valley Bank.

Jim Sinclair, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Jim is a managing director in the Consumer Retail and Healthcare Group at Goldman Sachs, covering healthcare services and technology companies. Jim serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Ben’s Friends, a nonprofit focused on building online communities for patients with rare diseases.

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