Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Pharmaceutical Technology has named ten of the most influential people in digital pharma on Twitter during Q4 2020.
Biggest influencers in digital pharma: The top ten in Q4 2020
1. John Nosta (@JohnNosta)
John Nosta is the president of NostaLab, a healthcare innovation think tank which focuses on incorporating technology in health and pharmaceutical sectors. He is an expert in the fields of science, medicine, and innovation, who advises organisations, governments, and non-government organisations (NGOs) on medical innovation and digital health.
Nosta is also the founding member of digital health roster experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is also part of Google’s health advisory board.
Twitter followers: 63,551
GlobalData influencer score: 100
The ‘Father’ of modern radiology, Stanford University’s Prof. Norbert Pelc, names Nanox as a “Game Changing” technology. $NNOX @nanox_vision #RSNA20 #digitalhealth #radiology https://t.co/goDJTOo7Y3
— John Nosta (@JohnNosta) December 1, 2020
2. Brian Ahier (@ahier)
Brian Ahier is the lead health IT engineer at MITRE, an information and technology services company, specialising in health IT, cybersecurity, and system engineering. He is a healthcare technologist and digital health expert with expertise in data exchange, analytics and usage that enables health system transformation.
Ahier is also a board member of The Sequoia Project, a non-profit that promotes the use of secure health information exchange and was an advisory committee member at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Twitter followers: 56,552
GlobalData influencer score: 59
Inside @Amazon's efforts to build a national #telehealth business geared toward big employers #AmazonCare https://t.co/dbU2nGU5SI pic.twitter.com/zmd3w1iASR
— Brian Ahier (@ahier) December 16, 2020
3. Rafael Grossmann (@ZGJR)
Rafael Grossmann is a surgeon at the Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS), an integrated healthcare system based out of Brewer in Maine, the US. He is a surgeon specialising on the convergence of healthcare and technology.
Grossmann is a guest faculty at Northeastern University, where he works on the application of immersive technologies in healthcare. He is also a clinical advisor at consumer electronics company Magic Leap.
Twitter followers: 11,244
GlobalData influencer score: 59
Absolutely! Look no farther than #AR in #DigitalHealth #Education with @animares #InsightHeart #InsightLung Reimagining #MedEd #MedTwitter @rabovitz @Scobleizer @EvanKirstel @Apple #AppleEDUchat https://t.co/NKmffEBoVn pic.twitter.com/JglrNqMebY
— Rafael Grossmann,MD, FACS 🇻🇪🇺🇸 (@ZGJR) December 6, 2020
4. Sahba Ferdowsi (@DrFerdowsi)
Sahba Ferdowsi is the founder and CEO of Housemed, a company offering concierge medical services. He is a personal concierge physician, with expertise in family medicine, patient services, holistic medicine, and sports medicine.
Ferdowsi also works at HealthTap, a health and wellness company, and co-founded Medicast, a mobile health service that allows patients to connect with physicians virtually.
Twitter followers: 9,035
GlobalData influencer score: 58
How #Telehealth Can Address Inequities in US #Healthcare – @AmericanTelemed // cc @bfrist https://t.co/1VxHk1smf7
— conciergedoc (@DrFerdowsi) December 9, 2020
5. Donna K Lencki (@DonnaKLencki)
Donna K Lencki is a research and consulting professional focussing on creative strategies, innovation and emerging digital solutions.
Lencki is also the founder of Geneia, a healthcare and analytics solutions company, and the creator of Choicelinx, a computer software company that seeks to facilitate the consumer driven healthcare movement.
Twitter followers: 34,055
GlobalData influencer score: 57
"…investors have poured $10 billion into healthcare companies in the fourth quarter, and funding is projected to hit $19.6 billion by the end of the quarter, down 13% from the third quarter…" https://t.co/9ukY5EZgdS @fiercehealth #digitalhealth #telemedicine #VC
— Donna K. Lencki (@DonnaKLencki) December 1, 2020
6. Eric Topol (@EricTopol)
Eric Topol is the founder and director of Scripps Research Translational Institute, an organisation which focusses on improving human health. He is a physician-scientist and author, specialising in cardiology, genomics, genetics, artificial intelligence, digital medicine, and precision medicine.
Topol was also the vice-chairman of West Wireless Health Institute, a non-profit dedicated to reducing healthcare expenditure.
Twitter followers: 324,459
GlobalData influencer score: 53
What can your saliva, smartphone, #CRISPR and 15 minutes get you?
A quantitative #COVID19 test result w/ viral load https://t.co/3nvCrenSPV @ScienceAdvances by @Tony_Y_Hu @Tulane and collaborators pic.twitter.com/KPXYZd91Nd
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) December 11, 2020
7. Jamey Edwards (@jameyedwards)
Jamey Edwards is the co-founder and CEO of Cloudbreak Health, a hospital and health care organisation providing telehealth solutions. Edwards specialises in areas such as hospital management, telemedicine application development, physician outsourcing, and healthcare consulting, among others.
Edwards also serves as the digital influencer for HIMSS, a non-profit organisation management company, and is a health transformer at StartUp Health, a health and wellness provider.
Twitter followers: 23,520
GlobalData influencer score: 69
“Hospitals in the new normal have integrated telehealth into their daily practice as a tool to bring mission critical resources to the point of care.”@HIMSS #Telemedicine Report Shows Increase in #DigitalHealth Since #COVID19 https://t.co/N87BQgmEQW#HCLDR #Telemednow $GIX pic.twitter.com/NRS4VN5Pxw
— Jamey Edwards (@jameyedwards) December 22, 2020
8. Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (@healthythinker)
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is an advisor at the W2O Group, a company delivering digital marketing and communication services to the health sector. Her specialties include scenario planning strategy, environmental analysis, and policy and health care reform.
Kahn is also health economist and trend weaver at Think-Health, a public safety organisation. She also worked as principal for various consultancies including Laventhol & Horwath and Touche Ross/Deloitte UK.
Twitter followers: 29,068
GlobalData influencer score: 53
Patients expect #digitaltransformation across #healthcare continuum
2020 #healthconsumer experience study via @CedarNY finds people expect touchless, hygienic, safe & streamlined medical services post #COVID19 #Telehealth & #virtualcare now tablestakeshttps://t.co/S25lYHUOfF pic.twitter.com/xWgimnXCAx
— Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (@healthythinker) December 15, 2020
9. Daniel Kraft (@daniel_kraft)
Daniel Kraft is the founder and chair of Exponential Medicine, an interdisciplinary programme that explores the future of health and medicine through the convergence of healthcare and technology. Kraft specialises in paediatrics, medical innovation, digital health apps, and aerospace medicine.
Kraft is also the chair of XPRIZE Global Pandemic Alliance, which aims to accelerates critical solutions to address the Covid-19 crisis and also prevent future pandemics.
Twitter followers: 51,154
GlobalData influencer score: 52
Major airlines plan to introduce a health passport app @MyCommonPass, to verify passengers’ virus test results — & soon, vaccinations.
Its the start of a push for a “Digital Yellowcard” for #Covid19 credentials, not without controversy. https://t.co/yprVB0fKQ3 #DigitalHealth
— Daniel Kraft, MD (@daniel_kraft) December 13, 2020
10. Rasu Shrestha (@RasuShrestha)
Rasu Shrestha is the chief strategy and transformation officer and executive vice president of Atrium Health, an integrated non-profit healthcare system. He spearheads innovation, new healthcare inventions, and discoveries that support patients and communities.
Shreshta previously served as the chief innovation officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC), a healthcare provider and insurer.
Twitter followers: 31,830
GlobalData influencer score: 48
The "P" in APIs should be the "patient".
Looking forward to speaking at the @ONC_HealthIT closing plenary today, with @SavageLucia @GraceCordovano @AashimaTweets @lisabari @firdausbhathena #ONCAPI #HealthIT
Join us! https://t.co/AeUA3qBufz cc: @donrucker @StephenKonya pic.twitter.com/xYnqHyVUns
— Rasu Shrestha MD MBA (@RasuShrestha) December 1, 2020
GlobalData’s influencer identification framework identifies influencers based on relevance; size of network, connections and followers; engagement levels with their content and analysis and input from sector experts. Influencers are then evaluated on a series of specific topic-related keywords used over the period and weighted by engagement metrics.