Written by Megan Wood
These 17 women are transforming the healthcare industry with technologies designed to enhance efficiency, quality and access of care.
1. Sophie Chung, MD. Junomedical. Dr. Chung founded Junomedical in 2015 and currently serves as CEO. The digital medical travel hub offers patients access to affordable healthcare around the world. Dr. Chung saw healthcare access as a global issue, and seeks to “democratize healthcare in a world without borders.” Junomedical leverages smart technology and human expert knowledge with medical facts and data. Patients use Junomedical to browse for hospitals or clinics, and receive free quotes as well as customized treatment plans.
Before founding Junomedical, Dr. Chung served as Zocdoc’s director of healthcare strategy. Dr. Chung also previously served as a project manager for McKinsey & Company’s Healthcare Practice in Germany. Dr. Chung earned her medical degree from Medical University of Vienna in Austria. Her medical career has involved research on stem cells and presentations on consumerism in healthcare.
2. Rebecca Cofinas. AristaMD. Ms. Cofinas serves as the CEO of AristaMD, a digital health company committed to improving the specialty referral process. She founded the company in 2013, with the mission of empowering physicians to work together for clinically superior and efficient care. The AristaMD Referral Intelligence Platform integrates clinical guidelines, specialist e-consults and operational insights into one platform. AristaMD offers HIPAA-compliant e-consults, which are designed to enhance care access and cut costs for providers. Additionally, the platform provides clinical work-up checklists and data analytics.
Before AristaMD’s founding, Ms. Cofinas spent two decades designing care models at various institutions, including Cook County Health and Hospital System in Chicago and Scripps Health in San Diego. She earned a master’s in public health degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
3. Janet Dillione. Bernoulli. Serving as CEO of Bernoulli, Ms. Dillione is equipped with more than 25 years of leadership in healthcare technology and services. The company’s Bernoulli One is a platform that incorporates an integrated, end-to-end solution for device integration, alarm management, clinical surveillance and Virtual ICU.
Before joining Bernoulli, Ms. Dillione was the executive vice president and general manager of Nuance Communications Healthcare Division. Ms. Dillione also previously served as CEO of Siemens Health Services. She is affiliated with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
4. Judy Faulkner. Epic. CEO of Epic Systems, Ms. Faulkner founded the Verona, Wis.-based company in 1979. The company also has offices in The Netherlands, Dubai, Singapore and Copenhagen. Epic reported revenues of $2 billion in 2015. The company has a large footprint, with more than half of the U.S. population’s medical information stored in Epic’s software, according to Forbes.
Forbes named Ms. Faulkner to the third spot of America’s richest self-made women in May 2016, with a net worth of $2.6 billion. She joined Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates for The Giving Pledge, which asks the world’s wealthiest people to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Ms. Faulkner holds a master’s degree in computer science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
5. Kyna Fong. Elation Health. Ms. Fong co-founded Elation Health with Conan Fong in 2010. She serves as CEO of the San Francisco-based company, which offers a cloud-based care platform for physicians. Elation connects patients and providers via a health information network, connecting a spectrum of providers across organizations in an integrated model. More than 200,000 providers utilize the Elation platform connecting with more than 2 million patients. Venture Capital firms, DFJ and Aberdare Ventures, have backed the startup.
While serving as an economics assistant professor at Stanford, Ms. Fong researched the application of game theory to healthcare. After earning a master’s degree in computer science from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Ms. Fong earned a doctorate degree in economics from Stanford (Calif.) University Graduate School of Business.
6. Deborah M. Gage, MBA. Medecision. Ms. Gage serves as president and CEO of Medecision, a health management company opening communication between all stakeholders and developing best practices to reduce clinical and financial risk. Medecision offers various population health management solutions, designed on a flexible and connected SaaS platform. Black Book Market Research named Medecision a top financial solution for value-based healthcare in its “2015 Financial Solutions: Accountable Care Organizations” report.
Ms. Gage has experience as an entrepreneurial senior executive in the healthcare technology industry, with roles in start-up and growth businesses in analytics, financial and clinical sectors of healthcare IT. Health Data Management honored Ms. Gage as one of the most powerful women in healthcare IT. She earned her master’s degree in business administration from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor.
7. Katelyn Gleason. Eligible API. Ms. Gleason co-founded and serves as the CEO of Eligible, a payment infrastructure for healthcare. The software suite offers an online API to verify a patient’s insurance. The startup came to fruition in Silicon Valley incubator YCombinator in 2011, and then continued in the Rock Health accelerator in 2012.
Ms. Gleason entered the healthcare IT industry with Drchrono in its early stages. Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Healthcare 2015” featured Ms. Gleason, who was also named to Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 2013.”
8. Jennifer Holmes. CentralLogic. President and CEO of South Jordan, Utah-based CentralLogic, Ms. Holmes led development of two new technologies — PatientConnect and Data Intelligence. These technologies capture, track and analyze patient data from within and outside hospitals to standardize processes, centralize data and operationalize care coordination.
Ms. Holmes has been in the healthcare technology field for about three decades, and has served in executive roles for MedAssets, Boston Scientific, Guidant, EKOS and Spectranetics. She also founded Integrating WomanLeaders, which is a nonprofit foundation focused on mentoring women in business.
9. Julia Hu. Lark Technologies. Living with chronic stomach issues in her youth, Ms. Hu sought to develop a solution that would help people at risk of developing a chronic disease as well as help those already living with a chronic disease. So, Ms. Hu founded Lark Technologies in 2010. Lark is a text message-based AI coach intended to assist people with prevention and management of chronic disease.
Inc. honored Ms. Hu in its “30 Under 30” list and Forbes named her to “Top 10 Women in Tech.” Before founding Lark, Ms. Hu headed startup incubator Clean Tech Open and served as an entrepreneur in residence at Stanford’s StartX incubator. Ms. Hu earned her master’s degree from Stanford (Calif.) University and half of a master’s degree in business administration from MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Mass.
10. Kim Labow. Medfusion. Ms. Labow serves as CEO of Medfusion, a patient engagement platform striving to improve the physician-patient relationship. The healthcare IT company aims to simplify patient-provider communication as well as enhance financial and operational efficiencies for providers.
In the information technology and services industry for more than 20 years, Ms. Labow has experience in business strategy, marketing and sales. She collaborated with Medfusion founder, Steve Malik, in the company’s early stages, initially serving as vice president of marketing, product management and inside sales. She left Medfusion to fill senior executive positions at other health IT firms, including NaviNet and ZirMed, before rejoining Medfusion in 2015.
11. Christie Martins. The Medicine Institute. Ms. Martins founded The Medicine Institute, where she currently serves as CEO. The Medicine Institute is an IT-based learning platform designed to offer physicians and students up-to-date information. The company connects health professionals with new technologies.
12. Diana Nole. Wolters Kluwer, Health. Ms. Nole assumed the helm of Wolters Kluwer Health in September 2015. As CEO, she has steered the global healthcare information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions provider to organic growth of more than 5 percent in the first half of 2016. The company’s strategic acquisitions have enhanced the division’s robust portfolio of digital information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions. Ms. Nole has also overseen Wolters Kluwer Health’s expansion into key growth markets including China, India and Brazil. Today, the division meets the medical information, decision support and clinical workflow and productivity needs of more than 1.1 million healthcare professionals in 180 countries.
Ms. Nole’s health IT background precedes her time at Wolters Kluwer, however. She previously served as president of Carestream Health’s digital medical solutions division. While at Carestream, she directed product development activities that delivered products with substantial customer workflow improvements.
13. Sally Poblete, MBA. Wellthie. Ms. Poblete is the CEO of Wellthie, a healthcare technology company providing a software and analytics platform to help people understand their health insurance options and bottom line costs. She founded the company in 2013 driven by the mission to change the way consumers learn about, choose and use health insurance. Wellthie has been honored as one of AlleyWatch’s “30 Tech Startups with the Potential to Change the World.” The company was also named one of Forbes’ “10 Healthcare Technology Disruptors to Watch, All Led by Women.”
Equipped with more than 20 years in the healthcare space, Ms. Poblete previously headed product development at Anthem. MM&M honored Ms. Poblete as a “Top 40 Healthcare Transformers in 2015.” She earned her master’s degree in business administration from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, specializing in healthcare management.
14. Sheri Stoltenberg. Stoltenberg Consulting. The CEO of Stoltenberg Consulting, Ms. Stoltenberg oversees the firm’s strategic planning as well as advises her clients of the best ways to achieve care quality and business goals through health IT. Ms. Stoltenberg founded the firm in 1995, with a vision of providing business, integration and implementation HIT consulting services.
Equipped with more than 34 years of health IT experience, Ms. Stoltenberg is well positioned to help her clients implement process changes and adjust staffing. She created the “Stoltenberg 25-Year Fund” scholarship program at Ada-based Ohio Northern University to support education for health information professionals. She meets with the university’s students to discuss healthcare IT industry issues. Ms. Stoltenberg also founded the Women of CHIME Circle, a networking and mentorship program for women in the health IT industry.
15. Kate Torchilin, PhD, MBA. Novaseek Research. Novaseek Research seeks to transform how researchers access human biospecimens and clinical data to drive research and development. Dr. Torchilin founded the company with the vision of accelerating research and enhancing precision medicine via the cloud platform, Clinical Data Network for Research. Various New England hospitals have implemented the Novaseek platform.
Before taking on the role of CEO at Novaseek Research, Dr. Torchilin served as CEO of Biocell Center as well as in management positions at Connected Health, Alere and Thermo Fisher Scientific. She also worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. Dr. Torchilin earned her master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in Boston and her doctorate in biochemistry from Tufts University in Medford, Mass.
16. Betsy Weaver, EdD. UbiCare. Ms. Weaver serves as CEO of UbiCare, which offers patient engagement solutions for hospitals focused on patient-centered care. UbiCare leverages education, mobile connections and real-time data to connect patients with hospitals. The company offers solutions for more than 30 care episodes and general wellness.
Before co-founding UbiCare, Ms. Weaver launched The Boston Parents’ Paper as well as founded ParentingQ&A.com and LocalMom.com. She earned her master’s in education and a doctorate in social policy and trend analysis from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
17. Robin Wiener. Get Real Health. Alongside Jason Harmon and Mark Heaney, Ms. Wiener co-founded Rockville, Md.-based Get Real Health, featuring patient engagement platform, InstantPHR. The platform connects healthcare providers and consumers for medication management and treatment. The company’s products are in use in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Sweden. Get Real Health also offers CHBase, which is a personal health information data repository tool. Ms. Wiener serves as Get Real Health’s president.
Ms. Wiener is equipped with more than 15 years of experience in business development, management and product strategy. With Ms. Wiener at the helm, Get Real Health has been honored as a “Best Place to Work” in the Washington, D.C., region by Washington Business Journal, as well as an “Incubator of the Year.”
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