Recent studies have illuminated the drastic gaps in perception and numbers around women who hold leadership positions in top companies. Fortunately, digital health provides opportunity and unique avenues for women to drive significant and sustainable changes in health and healthcare.
The digital revolution has had a transformative effect on technology and the way we communicate with one another and, where the digital world interfaces with health and medicine, these women are the driving force behind the changes occurring in our everyday lives.
While there are many women leaders, we chose 12 who we feel stand out as making the most impact. They have created new realms of innovation, helped spark industry, and legitimized the work of so many. Some names are familiar, others might not be so. Regardless of reputation, all of these women deserve a standing ovation for their accomplishments in digital health.
On June 5, 2014 Sylvia Mathews Burwell became the 22nd Secretary of Health and Human Services. Former secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius resigned after directing the fate of the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, from its rocky launch to its current success at 7 million Americans enrolled. Previously, Burwell worked as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Her work as president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on combating global poverty by improving agriculture development, access and quality of local libraries, and financial services for families. Now, under highly polarized political scrutiny, and far more in the spotlight than in her previous roles, Burwell will oversee 77,000 employees, all of whom have an affect on the ways Americans access some of the basic elements to living healthy, productive, and happy lives. Follow HHS on Twitter.