Want to know what's happening next in healthcare?

MedCityNews is the leading online news source for the business of innovation in healthcare.


“Follow MedCity News if you want to know who is doing what in healthcare innovation - and whether it's working or not.”

Chris Seper, CEO & Founder, MedCityNews.com


Sign up for our daily newsletter


These 12 women are powerful voices both in healthcare innovation and on Twitter

10:11 am by | 47 Comments

Women make up only a small fraction of executives in the healthcare industry. But one place where they do have a striking presence is on social media – they account for 62 percent of Twitter users, 60 percent of DocStoc users and 58 percent of Facebook users.

You’d have no trouble finding thought-provoking women in the every part of the healthcare industry to follow on social media – that’s why it was so hard to narrow this list down to just 12.  These women are patients, researchers, executives, investors and innovators who are making waves not just in their respective sectors but on social media as well. Feel free to share others who you enjoy following.

Regina Holliday (@ReginaHolliday) is a blogger, painter and founder of “The Walking Gallery” movement who uses social media to advocate for patients’ rights.

Advertisement

Geeta Nayyar (@gnayyar) is AT&T ForHealth’s first chief medical information officer.

Lisa Suennen (@VentureValkyrie) is a founding partner of healthcare investment fund Psilos Group. On the side, she writes hilarious posts at Venture Valkyrie (a syndication partner of MedCity News).

Linda Avey (@lindaavey) is co-founder of personal genetics company 23andMe and is now focused on Alzheimer’s disease research.

Daphne Zohar (@daphnezohar) is the founder and managing partner at PureTech Ventures, which forms and leads technology and science companies.

Lygeia Ricciardi (@Lygeia) is acting director of the Office of Consumer eHealth at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, a branch of HHS.

Dr. Leslie Saxon (@DrLeslieSaxon) is the chief of cardiology at USC Keck School of Medicine and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing who tweets about digital health.

Carolyn Buck Luce (@CarolynBuckLuce) is the head of Ernst & Young’s Global Pharmaceutical Sector and an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

Vinny Arora (@FutureDocs), an internal medicine doctor at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, also runs the Future Docs blog.

Naomi Fried (@Naomi Fried) oversees innovation initiatives at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Melissa Cole (@MelissaColeHTR), a senior consultant for Healthcare Transformation Resources, focuses her tweets on patient safety and health IT.

Lesa Mitchell (@lesamitchell) is the vice president of innovation and networks at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

[Regina Holliday photo from Flickr user health2con]

Copyright 2014 MedCity News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Deanna Pogorelc

By Deanna Pogorelc MedCity News

Deanna Pogorelc is a Cleveland-based reporter who writes obsessively about life science startups across the country, looking to technology transfer offices, startup incubators and investment funds to see what’s next in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and previously covered business and education for a northeast Indiana newspaper.
More posts by Author

47 comments
medcitynews
medcitynews

@visiblehealth Thanks for the tweet.

treatmentdiaries
treatmentdiaries

@treatdiariesceo Amy Ohm is the founder of www.treatmentdiaries.com - an online health platform anonymously connecting those affected by any illness.  Td is having a global impact on those on journey with a chronic illness, mental health condition or in caring from someone with a medical condition.

keitharmitage
keitharmitage

@MedPedsDoctor @FutureDocs Student Education and Internal Medicine and MP training representing! Congrats

PracticalWisdom
PracticalWisdom

Bob, Thank you for your recent act of Kindness. Jewels is indeed remarkable~Honored you combined us! @westr @She_Sugar

Thought Leaders
Thought Leaders

What a strange list -  sounds like more of a PR list than one based on thought leaders in health care innovation..

 

I just checked health profile and many of these women rarely tweet anything original besides the artist who tweets out her work almost daily. (which is gorgeous) . Not sure what exactly the govt woman is on this for? 5% goal to share records with patients? really? that is the best they can do with 30 billion in taxpayer funds? Others (mostly other providers)  only follow a few hundred people so doubt they understand the give and take of social media.

Lygeia
Lygeia

@JoeBabaian @medcitynews Thanks! It's an honor. Lots of good company, some new to me.

MelissaColeHTR
MelissaColeHTR

@ShimCode Thanks my friend! What an honor to be on this list of amazing women. Hope all is well in AZ! :)

MelissaColeHTR
MelissaColeHTR

@JoeBabaian Thank you Joe! It is quite an honor to be listed with such an amazing group of women. #hcsm @Medcitynews

JoeBabaian
JoeBabaian

@NaomiFried Congrats on the honor! It's a super way to share your vision with new partners.

ReginaHolliday
ReginaHolliday

@alexyperifanos That was a nice list with 2 #cinderblocks speakers!

iHT2
iHT2

@NaomiFried Congratulations, Naomi! Keep doing a wonderful job!

DebbyGould
DebbyGould

@NHSE_Paul thank you very useful

KathEvans2
KathEvans2

thanks Paul! @NHSE_Paul Gr8 to follow Naomi Fried @Naomi Fried who oversees innovation initiatives at Boston Children’s @ACCNUK @MElJClem

lindaavey
lindaavey

@Rock_Health @twitter @VentureValkyrie @lesamitchell XXers in health, rock on!

lindaavey
lindaavey

@chrisseper @daphnezohar @Lygeia @medcitynews Thanks Chris, appreciate it!

Lygeia
Lygeia

Thanks @chrisseper -- I'm totally flattered & found a new group to follow & learn from! @CarolynBuckLuce @drnic1 @DrLeslieSaxon

HealthcareNovel
HealthcareNovel

@BunnyEllerin @jmikardos @WendyBlackburn Thx for RT today & promoting these thought-provoking women. They all have my attention!

MelissaColeHTR
MelissaColeHTR

@jonmertz @ReginaHolliday Such an honor to be listed with you Regina,I'm a huge fan of your work! Jon, TY for the #HITsm community chat!

staIes
staIes

Great list!  Regina is an inspiration.  I'll make sure to follow the other phenomenal women on this list.  Thanks

GrahamScambler
GrahamScambler

@S_Amani Think you mean 'these 12 American women ...'?

lindaavey
lindaavey

@drnic1 @venturevalkyrie @daphnezohar Thanks Nick for including me in such great company!

wgmaher
wgmaher

Wow-congratulations! You're in SF soon, right? @MelissaColeHTR

ReginaHolliday
ReginaHolliday

@chrisseper @gnayyar @venturevalkyrie thanks for including me!

VentureValkyrie
VentureValkyrie

@chrisseper @reginaholliday @gnayyar hi Chris, honored to be on your list!

She_Sugar
She_Sugar

@PracticalWisdom @blogbrevity ok I'll check out the next one, just followed!

JoeBabaian
JoeBabaian

.@Lygeia You deserve the recognition! Social media is melding with and changing healthcare #hcsm at an unprecedented rate - paradigm shift.

JoeBabaian
JoeBabaian

@MelissaColeHTR You are welcome Melissa! Thanks for the WEGO news. Also love the way you bring clinical/research/admin together effectively.

OpenCarbon
OpenCarbon

@lionthree7 still wearing my pin from the order. I see you are busy

NHSE_Paul
NHSE_Paul

@KathEvans2 @naomi @ACCNUK @MelJClem Maybe we should write an article on the 12 female social media health innovators in UK? Suggestions?

S_Amani
S_Amani

@GrahamScambler It does seem heavily dominated by American women doesn't it? I wonder when we might get a UK list for both men & women...

MelissaColeHTR
MelissaColeHTR

@wgmaher Thanks! Wish I was there now for Health2.0 will be there this weekend.

gnayyar
gnayyar

@ReginaHolliday Of course Regina! Still need to send you my jacket, on my list!

MelissaColeHTR
MelissaColeHTR

@JoeBabaian Much appreciated Joe Twitter is wonderful in bringing together like-minded folks to share great ideas and info!

lionthree7
lionthree7

@OpenCarbon Order Of The Meerkat is thriving growing from strength to strength

KathEvans2
KathEvans2

Gr8 idea @NHSE_Paul @helenbevan @clarercgp would be the 1st 2 that come to mind

lionthree7
lionthree7

@OpenCarbon will look into it thanks

OpenCarbon
OpenCarbon

@lionthree7 I love your logo, but it is cut off on twitter page, you should shrink it or just use lion sized for twitter

StuSutton
StuSutton

@KathEvans2 @nhse_paul @helenbevan @clarercgp wonderful: 3 of ur top female twitter innovators are GPs #proud of my inspiring colleagues :)

NHSE_Paul
NHSE_Paul

@KathEvans2 @helenbevan @clarercgp Helen / Clare - do you fancy this? Perhaps I could ask @nhse_dean to do a blog along these lines?

Hear the latest news first

Get our daily newsletter or follow us.

 

Advertisement