The Top 50 in Digital Health
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 nominations 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, we want to honor the people and organizations making digital health thrive. We're proud to announce the honorees of the Top 50 in Digital Health.
The 2017 Honorees of the Top 50 in Digital Health
Dr. Piraye Yurttas Beim, Celmatix
Dr. Piraye Yurttas Beim, the founder and CEO of Celmatix, is leading the charge in personalizing reproductive medicine and advancing women’s health. Through big data analytics and genomics, Celmatix empowers women with insights about their fertility and reproductive health.
John Carreyrou is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist with The Wall Street Journal. Based in New York, he covers health care, science, and finance. His series of investigative stories on Theranos exposed serious issues and possible malpractices within the organization.
Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, Planned Parenthood
Dr. McDonald-Mosley is the Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood, which is revolutionizing the way people engage in their reproductive health by making care and education more accessible through technology on a variety of platforms. Recent innovations to reach all patients in need include the Chat/Text digital education program, SpotOn application, and care via telemedicine.
Brian Ahier is a nationally known expert on health information technology with a focus on health data exchange and population health management. He works for Aetna as the Director of Standards and Government Affairs at Medicity and is an influential voice in digital health with 39,000 followers.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, HHS
Dr. Karen DeSalvo is a physician who has served as a leader in improving access to affordable, high quality care by pushing for advanced health technology policy and data tools. As a prominent voice for the patient, she champions innovation through technology that benefits the direct consumer.
Dan Burton, Health Catalyst
Dan Burton has been at the helm of healthcare data warehousing, analytics and outcomes-improvement company Health Catalyst since 2012, and was the company’s first investor. For Dan, who has a 99% approval rating on Glassdoor, Health Catalyst’s culture is critical in accomplishing its mission to fundamentally transform healthcare.
Marc Benioff’s 2016 angel investments include Remedy (Seed 9/16), Bloomlife (Seed 8/16) and Zebra Medical Vision (Series A 5/16 and Seed 4/15). Marc was also an early angel investor in ZocDoc, FitBit and Cue. In addition to quietly building a premier digital health angel portfolio, Marc has made generous philanthropic investments in healthcare innovation.
EverlyWell is transforming the consumer lab testing experience by enabling people to have access to their own personalized health and wellness information. At-home health tests are available to order with comprehensive results viewable online—a convenient alternative to traditional diagnostic tests.
Validic’s platform delivers easy access to actionable clinical and wellness data. Over the last year, Validic has fueled the largest digital health ecosystem in the industry, serving a client population reach of 223 million in 52 countries and has integrated 68 percent more devices and applications.
Grand Rounds provides a solution that gives employees and their families the information they need to make life’s most critical choices—whether and where to receive medical treatment. Grand Rounds supports happy and healthy team members through free-flowing communication and comprehensive benefits including unlimited use of the platform.
Pokemon Go took the world by storm this year, engaging 21 million people per day to get up and on the go to catch Pokemon in the real world. Although it’s not technically a health app, the exciting new technology has increased activity and gotten players young and old outside and walking—thanks to its innovative design around augmented reality.
Wellist gives healthcare providers the tools and insights they need to address actual human needs resulting in improved patient satisfaction and outcomes. Reflecting the diversity of the patient populations they serve, the Wellist team represents a full range of age, race and gender. Outside of the office, Wellist participates in a number of efforts to increase diversity in the digital health community.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports a wide array of research and programs which are working to achieve better health for all. Diversity and inclusion are core values of the organization, reflected in their leadership and the numerous efforts they support to provide opportunities to minorities and women within their organization.
Armed with a vision to save 100,000 lives and $1.5B in health care costs by 2020, Owlstone Medical has developed ReCIVA—a breathalyzer for disease. The breath sampling and analysis technology can diagnose cancer and other diseases earlier than existing tests allowing for more effective treatment and ultimately, improved survival rates and reduced treatment costs.
UPMC Enterprises, the venture arm of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, helps create impactful healthcare innovations by investing in key focus areas: clinical tools, population health, consumer-centric healthcare, and business services and infrastructure. UPMC began investing this year and has already become the most active venture investor of the year with six investments, including Health Catalyst and Lantern.
Khosla Ventures helps entrepreneurs with large problems that are amenable to technology solutions. A longtime tech and healthcare investor, Khosla participated in five deals this year, including Neurotrack and Color Genomics.
Evolent Health partners with health systems to accelerate their transformation to value-based care. By integrating the people, processes, and technology needed to drive clinical and financial growth, Evolent has found the secret to success—it is one of the digital health stocks with the biggest returns YTD, up 114% since the start of the year.
BSX Technologies: LVL
LVL is the first wearable hydration monitor that gives users the complete picture of their health by also tracking activity, sleep, mood, and heart rate. Their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign resulted in over $1.1 million pledged of their $50,000 goal, and backers will soon be able to measure their hydration in real time. Less than 200 crowd funding campaigns have ever raised over $1 million.