GlobalData research has found the biggest influencers in healthtech based on their performance and engagement online. Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Pharmaceutical Technology has named the most influential people in healthtech on Twitter during Q3 2020.

Biggest influencers in healthtech: The top ten in Q3 2020

1. John Nosta (@JohnNosta)

John Nosta is the president of NostaLab, a healthcare innovation think tank. He guides companies, governments, and NGOs through medical innovation, digital health and technology. Nosta is also a founding member of the roster of experts dealing in digital health at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and serves on Google’s health advisory board.

As a research associate at the Harvard Medical School, Nosta contributed to various papers on cardiovascular physiology, and contributes to publications such as Fortune Magazine and Psychology Today.

Twitter followers: 63,551

GlobalData influencer score: 84

2. Sahba Ferdowsi (@DrFerdowsi)

Sahba Ferdowsi is the founder and CEO of House Med, a provider of concierge medical services. He specialises in patient services, family medicine, holistic medicine and sports medicine. He operates as a personal concierge physician who personalises the treatment strategy for patients.

Prior to this, Ferdowsi was associated with HealthTap, a virtual healthcare provider, and Medicast, a technology platform enabling physician house calls.

Twitter followers: 9,035

GlobalData influencer score: 76

3. Craig Lindemann (@RttCraig)

Craig Lindemann is the founder of, an augmented telehealth platform, that covers areas such as decentralising clinical trials, reducing hospital readmissions, and more. He patented medication dispensers, remote controlled pain relief, therapy, and wearable devices for virtual healthcare visits.

Prior to this, Lindemann has been associated with companies such as Design Systems R&D and Micro Cogen.

Twitter followers: 5,892

GlobalData influencer score: 70

4. Joe Babaian (@JoeBabaian)

Joe Babaian is a research and consulting professional and the co-moderator and publisher of HCLDR, a healthcare leadership blog that focuses on healthcare innovation through collaboration and technology.

Prior to this, Babaian held the position of a business development director at HealthcareVistas, a hospital and health care organisation. He also directed IT management, business development, operations and strategic planning at Global Programming Services.

Twitter followers: 18,037

GlobalData influencer score: 69

5. Jamey Edwards (@jameyedwards)

Jamey Edwards is a healthcare technologist specialising in areas such as telemedicine, hospital management, physician outsourcing, application development, healthcare consulting, and more. He currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of Cloudbreak Health, a hospital and health care organisation offering telehealth solutions.

Edwards is the digital influencer for Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a non-profit organisation focusing on best practices in healthcare technology and information. He is also a health transformer for StartUp Health, a health and wellness company.

Twitter followers: 16,288

GlobalData influencer score: 67

6. Brian Ahier (@ahier)

Brian Ahier is a healthcare technologist and digital health expert specialising in areas such as health data exchange, analytics and usage that define care delivery and payment models. He is the health IT expert at MITRE, an information and technology services company, focusing on health IT, cybersecurity, and system engineering.

Ahier also blogs regularly for O’Reilly Media, an e-learning platform, and has been associated with The Sequoia Project that supports health IT interoperability efforts as well as HIMSS.

Twitter followers: 56,552

GlobalData influencer score: 66

7. Sherry Reynolds (@Cascadia)

Sherry Reynolds is a patient advocate who specialises in customer and patient-centred design and health care innovation. She currently serves as the director of Centre 4 Health Innovation, where she uses her leadership and mentor skills to coach healthcare start-ups to co-design with patients’ needs. She is currently working on employee benefit that will offer online training and support to unpaid women caregivers.

Reynolds is also the founder and executive director of Alliance4Health, which mentors healthcare start-ups, and the national innovation project director at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HSS).

Twitter followers: 23,010

GlobalData influencer score: 66

8. Neil Floch (@NeilFlochMD)

Neil Floch is a physician and bariatric surgeon who specialises in bariatric, laparoscopic, and foregut surgery. He is trained in robotic surgery and currently serves as director of metabolic and bariatric surgery and head of general surgery at Nuvance Health, a hospital and healthcare provider.

Floch is also the co-chairman of the communications committee at the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, and director of bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at the Norwalk Hospital.

Twitter followers: 130,316

GlobalData influencer score: 65

9. Donna K Lencki (@DonnaKLencki)

Donna K Lencki is a research and consulting professional specialising in creative strategies, innovation, and emerging digital solutions. She is the chief innovation and digital strategist at the Capital Blue Cross, an insurance provider.

Lencki is also the founder of Geneia, a healthcare and analytics solutions company. Prior to this, she was the founder and CEO of Choicelinx, a computer software company.

Twitter followers: 34,055

GlobalData influencer score: 65

10. Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (@healthythinker)

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health advisor, and communicator who specialises in strategy, policy, environmental analysis, and health care reform. She is the advisor to W2O Group, an analytics-driven marketing and communications provider.

Kahn is also an advisor and trend weaver of Think Health Care and Safety, a public safety organisation. She has previously served as principal for consultancies such as Laventhol & Horwath and Deloitte UK.

Twitter followers: 29,068

GlobalData influencer score: 64


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.