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18 Influencers Shaping Digital Health In 2015

Digital Health is going from strength to strength and 2015 is set to be another year of innovation and investment. Here are (some of) the people making that happen. In no particular order.

Halle Tecco

Halle Tecco


Rock Health is a preeminent digital health accelerator and increasingly a digital health funding tracking service thanks largely to Tecco, its founder, chairwoman and managing director. A Forbes 30 under 30 Tecco’s passion to make a difference through digital health is apparent in every media interview she does. Rock Health’s portfolio of digital health start ups is growing rapidly as is its seed fund according to news reports. With Tecco at the helm, along with the team she’s assembled, is it any wonder.

John Nosta

John Nosta


Nosta is one of the top advocates of the digital health revolution and is a leading thinker on where the industry is heading. A digital health futurist, technologist and creative, Nosta is a strategic advisor to the Google Health Advisory Board, Nuviun and his own healthcare innovation think tank, Nostalab. With a passion for “changing the world” through digital health and being one of the most well-known proponents of how technology can bring disruptive change to healthcare and wellness, Nosta is – and will continue to be – an influencer in digital health.

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson


Long time angel investor, philanthropist, and digital health advisor, Dyson is founder of the non-profit Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup) which is currently running an innovative program to help communities raise funds and collect extensive data for health interventions including preventative medicine, exercise and nutrition. As well as this the cosmonaut trained Dyson is an investor in digital health startups Omada Health and Healthloop.

Eric Topol

Eric Topol


If any doctor understands the impact that digital technologies are having on medicine it’s Eric Topol. The cardiologist, geneticist, researcher and now author of two books on the technology-driven, patient-centered revolution in health care, Topol has filled the pages of mainstream publications from the Wall Street Journal to GQ selling the benefits of digital health. Topol walks the walk too and has twice diagnosed patients suffering heart distress using AliveCor, an ECG sensor which attaches to an iPhone to identify atrial fibrillation.

Kevin Pho

Kevin Pho


Self-described “social media’s leading physician voice” and it’s not hard to see why since, on top of the day job, Pho is an author, keynote speaker and expert on healthcare social media. One of the earliest blogging healthcare professionals Pho has developed a large influential following in social media and his blog KevinMD.com has received over 1,500 blog contributions since launch.

Brian Ahier

Brian Ahier


Ahier is an expert on health information technology with a focus on health data exchange. He is Director of Standards and Government Affairs at Medicity and also serves on the Interoperability & HIE Workgroup of the HIT Policy Committee. He consults with a wide range of clients helping them understand the shifting landscape in healthcare and technology solutions.

Berci Meskó

Berci Meskó


Physician, medical futurist, speaker, consultant and author of the book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology AND The Human Touch, Meskó is perhaps one of the busiest thought leaders in digital health. On top of this Meskó has a Phd in genomics and is a project leader of personalized medicine through genomics in his native home on Hungary.

Dave Chase

Dave Chase


A digital health veteran by today’s standards, Chase was the CEO and co-founder of Avado, a cloud-based platform that assists clinicians and patients to securely communicate, track, and manage health information. Avado was subsequently acquired by WebMD in 2013 where Chase now serves as SVP of Connectivity Services.

Neil Versel

Neil Versel


One of the most well-known and well-respect journalists covering digital health related news, Versel has breadth and depth to his writing from 14 years covering the growing sector. From health IT infrastructure to consumer adoption of wearable technologies, Versel has covered most topics relating to digital health and for most of the great and the good publications too.

Susannah Fox

susannah fox


Fox is an internationally-known expert on the cultural changes happening at the intersection of health and technology, and frequent speaker on the topic of digital health. Currently serving as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Fox’s expertise lies in the e-patient community with a particular focus on people living with rare and chronic conditions and how they engage online.

Patrick Soon-Shiong

Patrick Soon-Shiong


Soon-Shiong is the richest doctor that has ever lived according to Forbes and thankfully he is a forward-thinking one who has a firm grasp of the disruptive technologies that are changing healthcare. Soon-Shiong has put together a $1bn effort to fight cancer in new ways including buying DNA sequencers to understand the DNA of patients of the disease at large scale. “I’m incredibly encouraged to say that we are on the path,” Soon-Shiong told 60 Minutes. “And the technology to actually do all these things is not just hypothetical”

Anne Wojcicki

Anne Wojcicki


23andMe has had its issues in the last year though slowly but surely it is beginning to overcome them by working on obtaining FDA approval and launching its genetic testing service internationally with local offering in Canada and the U.K. A recent partnership with Genentech to analyze 3,000 of its customers who suffer from Parkinson’s to identify new therapeutics for the disease illustrates Wojcicki’s mission to shake up preventative care.

Wen Dombrowski

Wen Dombrowski


Another physician with a passion for the convergence of digital technologies and healthcare, Dombrowski is an expert in health information technology and social media, and advises health tech startups and other stakeholders as well as holding down a geriatrics physician executive role. Dombrowski is a social media expert and uses the channel to foster dialogue between patients, providers, business executives, and technology companies to address both the challenges and solutions to healthcare.

Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla


The billionaire VC entrepreneur was perhaps most well-known this year for quizzing Google founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin on their company’s ambitions (or lack of them) in healthcare but Khosla has been busy in other parts of the digital health realm. His investment firm, Khosla Ventures, has backed a number of digital health startups including CellScope, Ginger.io and AliveCor, and the founding CEO of Sun Microsystems has been vocally present in the media on the topic of digital health.

Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes


President and CEO of Theranos dropped out of Stanford to set up the diagnostics company which makes it easier to run tests on a single drop of blood using better and lower cost technology. Holmes was a new entrant to the Forbes 400 list as the youngest female self-made billionaire and is on a mission to enable people to detect medical conditions before their symptoms are apparent. Holmes intends to transform the current $75bn blood testing market in to $200bn by making the process easier, cheaper and less painful.

Tamer Shahin

Tamer Shahin


CEO and co-founder of Dubai based digital health company, Nuviun, which provides education services, events, consultancy, business intelligence and an online knowledge-sharing digital health platform, Shahin understands the disruptive nature that digital technologies are having on health more than most and has put the correct infrastructure in place to capitalize on it, both in the UAE and abroad.

Matthew Herper

Matthew Herper


Forbes staff writer of ‘The Medicine Show’ Herper believes that (in his own words) this is biology’s century and with the interviews and opinion pieces he regularly writes dos a great job in making that reality. Herper is not just a technologist covering digital health but instead has an in-depth understanding of the wider health industry which he applies to his thinking when covering digital health related news. Herper is one to follow and a must-read to understand the bigger picture in digital health.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson


Proteus Digital Health is a poster child of digital health and this is largely thanks to CEO and co-founder, Thompson. The successful start up makes ingestible sensors that allow caregivers to know whether or not a patient has taken their meds, as well providing biometric feedback data such as heart rate, sleep patterns, physical activity and stress levels. The ingestible sensor has received medical clearance in both Europe and the U.S. and is currently being trialled in the U.S. and U.K. Coupled with this, Proteus Digital Health has taken a total of $172m in funding which was one of the largest venture fundings of a digital health startup this year.

*Online influencer analysis software provided by Lissted.

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