Ten of the top health tech influencers in 2019

GlobalData analysts have tracked down the top ten influencers in the health tech industry. From thought leaders to social media consultants, these are the people shaping the public face of the medical device sector.

10) Neil Floch

Specialising in advanced laparoscopic, foregut and bariatric operations, Neil Floch is one of America’s leading gastroendoscopic surgeons. He serves as the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons’ communications co-chairman, director of twitter social media and is president of the organisation’s Connecticut chapter.

Throughout his career, Floch has been an advocate for patient educational programs regarding weight loss, reflux, and endoscopic surgeries and has maintained a general surgery and bariatric private practice in Norwalk, Connecticut, since 1998.

Twelve years ago, I had major surgery. Being a patient forever changed my life and the way I treat others? #doctors #meded #twittermed #medtwitter #some4surgery #ilooklikeasurgeon Were you ever a patient? What happened? What is your story?

— Neil Floch MD (@NeilFlochMD) April 23, 2019

Twitter: @NeilFlochMD

Followers: 131,000

Tweets: 53,400

9) Lionel Reichardt

Well known in the blogosphere as Pharmageek, Lionel Reichardt is a prominent thought leader in the digital healthcare arena. Having spent 15 years in supply chain management in the pharmaceutical industry, Reichardt saw how much the industry began to change as the digital revolution took hold. Deciding to retrain with an MBA in digital marketing, he now offers consultancy services to health tech organisations.

Why organizations scuttle Internet of Things strategies #hcsmeufr #esante #digitalhealth https://t.co/d9yNaiWRjL

— PHARMAGEEK (@LionelREICHARDT) April 8, 2019

Twitter: @LionelREICHARDT

Followers: 46,200

Tweets: 115,000

8) Alicia Staley

Medidata senior director of patient engagement Alicia Staley is a three-time cancer survivor committed to making a difference in the healthcare community. With over 20 years of experience in software design and information systems management, Staley works to engage patients in novel ways throughout the development lifecycle of new products. Having set up the Breast Cancer Social Media (BCSM) community, a volunteer organisation which aims to unite, educate and empower breast cancer survivors through social media, she is an expert in building powerful connections in patient communities.

T1: After a cancer diagnosis, many people feel like their bodies “let them down” – how did you feel? #bcsm

— Alicia C. Staley (@stales) April 16, 2019

Twitter: @stales

Followers: 15,100

Tweets: 114,000

7) Daniel Kraft

Stanford and Harvard-trained physician-researcher Daniel Kraft has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. He has been Singularity University faculty chair for medicine & neuroscience since the organisation’s inception, and founded Exponential Medicine, an annual four-day conference for innovators from across the biomedical technology industry to explore the future of health and medicine.

12 innovations that will revolutionize the future of medicine. My lead article in the new @NationalGeoMag January 2019 ‘Future of #Healthcare‘ issue. https://t.co/J2TbvF6P2W. Complete #NationalGeographic edition–> https://t.co/hBztF7hGtY #xMed @ExponentialMed #AI #DigitalHealth

— Daniel Kraft, MD (@daniel_kraft) December 14, 2018

Twitter: daniel_kraft

Followers: 46,600

Tweets: 12,000

6) Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

A self-described health economist, communicator and ‘trend weaver’, healthcare consultant Jane Sarasohn-Kahn works with stakeholders across the industry on strategy, scenario planning, policy reform and environmental analysis.

She founded strategic health consultancy THINK-Health, and is on the advisory boards of CanSurround, the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University, the Health 2.0 Conference, healthbank, the CAQH U.S. Health Efficiency Index, Stupid Cancer, and WEGO Health. She is also on the board of The Clinic of Phoenixville.

Patient is payor & now #healthconsumer I say in new book #HealthConsuming https://t.co/3f6pX7U46V Today 1st of 5 posts explaining #healthcosts #digitalhealth #healthprivacy #SDoH & finally asking can US consumers morph into #healthcitizens? @MoodysInvSvc @APA #hcsm #retailhealth pic.twitter.com/EoiprQWG3e

— Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (@healthythinker) April 29, 2019

Twitter: @healthythinker

Followers: 27,600

Tweets: 28,100

5) Joe Babaian

Joe Babaian is well known as the co-moderator and publisher of the Healthcare Leadership Blog #HCLDR. The #HCLDR community engages in a weekly tweetchat where they discuss a healthcare-related topic, establishing a virtual space where people who are passionate about medicine can discuss issues over social media. He has been recognised as a #HIT100 influencer in 2016 and 2017, and currently works as HealthcareVistas’ business development director.

Just published this week’s #HCLDR blog – Are You A Healthcare Consumer? Do join us for the chat tonight at 830p E as we discuss consumerism in healthcare. How does the consumerism paradigm apply to healthcare? Is this working? #ptexp

Blog: https://t.co/nUfobtkQx3 pic.twitter.com/Ijm6j4SxiV

— Joe Babaian (@JoeBabaian) April 23, 2019

Twitter: @JoeBabaian

Followers: 17,100

Tweets: 81,700

4) Sherry Reynolds

Nationally recognised eHealth evangelist Sherry Reynolds has over 20 years of experience in health informatics and business development. A thought leader, consultant and collaborative designer, Reynolds is the national director of the Center for Health Innovation. She curates a regular newsletter of health tech and policy news, with a focus on innovation and human-centred care.

I love tech (and mentor startups) but instead of yet another “article” or “bro” extolling #AI or #ML – why not start with the biggest problems you need to solve in healthcare and then decide which tool, process or new role to use?

Often it is just people chasing a market.

— Sherry Reynolds (@Cascadia) April 19, 2019

Twitter: @Cascadia

Followers: 22,900

Tweets: 48,000

3) Eric Topol

Scripps Research Institute founder and director Eric Topol is a cardiologist, geneticist and digital medicine researcher. He is editor-in-chief of Medscape and theheart.org, and has published three books – The Patient Will See You Now, The Creative Destruction of Medicine, and Deep Medicine – on the med tech industry. Topol was one of the first researchers to question the efficacy of cardiovascular drug rofexocib, which was eventually withdrawn from the market as a result.

Using #AI to find the people who will benefit most —or who are prone to complications—from an operation. Here applied to cornea refractive surgery https://t.co/cUAQb4eiPO @Nature_NPJ Digital Medicine #openaccess @nresearchnews pic.twitter.com/4F0CchvFKw

— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) June 30, 2019

Twitter: @EricTopol

Followers: 116,000

Tweets: 20,200

2) John Nosta

Founder of digital health thinktank NOSTALAB, John Nosta is a major global influence in digital health. Nosta is a frequent contributor to Fortune, Forbes, Psychology Today and Bloomberg, and has given speeches at high-profile events with Health XL, South by Southwest and TEDx. Until 2014 he worked at Ogilvy CommonHealth, where he worked as a chief creative officer, chief strategic officer and finally president.

What? You’re not going to @CNSSummit? Big mistake! #CNSSummit #pharma #digitalhealth #innovation @akalali pic.twitter.com/OACGd8XUL8

— JOHN NOSTA (@JohnNosta) July 1, 2019

Twitter: @JohnNosta

Followers: 56,700

Tweets: 98,700

1) Evan Kirstel

Business-to-business thought leader Evan Kirstel helps his clients in the medical device sector and beyond grow their social media presence and use Twitter to generate social engagement, networking opportunities and sales. An expert in areas like blockchain, big data and artificial intelligence, Kirstel currently acts as ExiraHealth’s chief digital evangelist, having co-founded the company in 2017.

WA Health hybrid cloud shift picks up pace with Microsoft Office 365 transition https://t.co/XItrfbf8d6

— Evan Kirstel (@evankirstel) June 21, 2019

Followers: 249,000

Tweets: 820,000

Twitter: @evankirstel


The analysis provided by GlobalData is based on the number of company or organisation mentions, online engagement by influencers, and expert analysis.

A more detailed daily analysis is available for GlobalData subscribers.

Source: medicaldevice-network.com

Published by Blessed Tabvirwa

Residing in Gaborone Botswana, Married to my beautiful Isobel and have an awesome son Tyrecea. Hold a BSc Honours Computer Science, MCSE Data Management & Analytics, HL7 v2, v3, FHIR, Mobile Web Specialist, MEDITECH. I see Digital Technology as the enabler for the developing world to leapfrog challenges that are preventing the realization of "Health For All" in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages (https://bit.ly/2FBmdBS).

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