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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.