Top 25 Women Leaders In Healthcare Software of 2019

We are delighted to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of 2019's Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare Software.  These women have demonstrated a track record of success in the healthcare software field.  They were selected based on a detailed review of the leadership roles they have held, longevity in the field, technical expertise, business acumen, community involvement and strength of organization among other factors.

Please join us in congratulating this year's awardees.


1. Dana Jones
Sparta Systems

Dana Jones is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors for Sparta Systems, a leading provider of quality management software primarily for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices industries. Prior to Sparta in April 2018, Dana served as CEO of Active Network, the leader in activity and event management software. Under her leadership, the company grew rapidly, leading to the sale of the Sports and Communities divisions to Global Payments Inc. for $1.2 Billion. Prior to Active Network, Dana was Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Solutions Management for Sabre Airline Solutions, a global provider of software to the airline industry. She started her career as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney focusing on strategy and supply chain optimization initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Dana graduated Summa Cum Laude and holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.


2. Kumsal Bayazit

Kumsal Bayazit became the Chief Executive Officer of Elsevier in February 2019. Elsevier is a global information analytics business focused on the healthcare sector. Previously, Kumsal held multiple positions with RELX Group since 2004, most recently as Regional President Europe, Middle East and Africa at Reed Exhibitions. Before joining Reed Exhibitions, she was RELX Group’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for driving strategic initiatives, technology strategy and portfolio management. Prior to that she served in several operational and strategic roles with LexisNexis. Kumsal chairs the Technology Forum at RELX Group and is a non-executive director at LSL Property Services plc. Prior to RELX Group, Kumsal spent several years at Bain & Company in their New York, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Sydney offices. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


3. Kimberly O’Loughlin
Greenway Health

Kimberly O’Loughlin is the President at Greenway Health, a leading software and services company that provides integrated electronic health record, practice management and revenue cycle management solutions. Kimberly was previously the Company’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Greenway Health, she was a Senior Vice President and General Manager at Philips in charge of Connected Care & Health Informatics. Prior to that she was Senior Vice President and Managing Director International Markets and Head of Customer Care for Vonage. Kimberly also held senior leadership roles at AT&T, AT&T Wireless, and AIG that included building and scaling startups, driving revenue growth and customer loyalty, and transforming sizeable global enterprise operations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and a master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.


4. April Anthony
Homecare Homebase

April Anthony is the CEO of Homecare Homebase, a software solution catering to the home care and hospice industry. April began her career as an auditor and CPA for Price Waterhouse. For over 20 years, she has been a leader and entrepreneur in home health care as founder and developer of three successful ventures. She now plays a key role in strategic product development of Homecare Homebase and serves on the board of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. April has led two transformational transactions: Homecare Homebase with the sale of 85% of the HCHB equity to the Hearst Corporation; and the sale of 84% of Encompass to HealthSouth.


5. Terri Bresenham
GE Healthcare

Terri Bresenham is the Chief Innovation Officer at GE Healthcare, a leading global medical technology and life sciences company. She leads the development of innovation and incubation of new growth models for the Company. Prior leadership roles within the organization included President & CEO, Sustainable Healthcare Solutions; President & CEO, South Asia; Global VP, Molecular Imaging; Global VP, Diagnostic Ultrasound & IT; among many other roles. Terri started her career as a clinical chemist, joined GE as an “Edison Engineer” and progressed through engineering and product management roles in different imaging businesses. She then led several of GE Healthcare’s global product businesses as mentioned above. She has a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas.


6. Laurence Baucher-Barthès
Dassault Systemes

Laurence Baucher-Barthès is the Chief People & Information Officer and Executive Vice President at Dassault Systèmes SE, a role she has held since 2009. Dassault Systemes is a European software company headquartered in France that develops 3D design, 3D digital mock-up, and product lifecycle management software. It recently announced its planned acquisition of Medidata Solutions for $5.8 billion. Previously, Laurence served as the Chief Information Officer. She began her career with the Company in 1987 and has served in various management positions in quality, process and industrialization. Her prior leadership positions also included serving as Vice President of Customer Support and Satisfaction from 2002 to 2008.


7. Juggy Sihota
TELUS Health

Juggy Sihota is the Vice President, Consumer Health at TELUS Health, a leading provider of electronic medical records, pharmacy management software, remote patient monitoring and health benefits claims management in Canada. Juggy has more than 20 years of leadership experience. Previously, she led several emerging technology businesses and operations across TELUS, spanning service development, operations as well as strategy and marketing.
She was the Vice President, Customer Experience Strategy and Operations, where she led the national Customer Experience operations team and drove business performance and engagement to increase client loyalty, profitability and satisfaction. Juggy also served as a director on the TELUS Vancouver Community Board from 2008 to 2011 and the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Council. She is currently a Board Director on the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation Board as well as on the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
Juggy earned an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.


8. Dr. Betty Rabinowitz
NextGen Healthcare

Dr. Betty Rabinowitz is the Chief Medical Officer of NextGen Healthcare. In her role, Betty is focused on promoting and improving the Company’s clients’ provider performance, clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and financial efficiency. She joined NextGen Healthcare in 2017 as one of the founders and the former chief executive officer of EagleDream Health, the cloud-based analytics and population health management solutions now known as NextGen® Population Health. The software solution drives meaningful insights across clinical, financial, and administrative data to optimize ambulatory practice performance. Betty graduated from Ben-Gurion University Medical School in Israel, where she also completed a residency in Internal Medicine. She came to the United States in 1990 for a fellowship in Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where she became a professor of clinical medicine. Betty served as a medical director at the University of Rochester Center for Primary Care, overseeing clinical operations and population health management for a network of 28 practices and 130 primary care physicians.


9. Catherine Allshouse
Veeva Systems

Catherine Allshouse is the Chief Information Officer and Head of Operations at Veeva Systems. Previously, she served as both CIO and COO at KnowledgeWorks, a national foundation focused on reinventing secondary education in America. Catherine’s IT team developed and supported a large SaaS LMS and technologies that enable the analysis of national education and community data. She also led the foundation’s strategy, the board of directors, HR, and legal departments. Prior to that, Catherine was responsible for the software engineering division at the Kroger Company. She also served as President and CTO of a SaaS business that provided internet search, shopping, and advertising solutions to media companies throughout the US. Earlier in her career, Catherine served as Vice President and General Manager of the software division of The Standard Register Company and spent 12 years at PeopleSoft in various executive roles.


10. Dr. Gilan El Saadawi

Dr. Gilan El Saadawi is Chief Medical Informatics Officer of M*Modal, a leading provider of cloud-based clinical documentation solutions. Gilan is responsible for the Company’s clinical informatics strategy, including the development and subsequent integration of clinical information models and Natural Language Understanding (NLU) into M*Modal’s clinical documentation platform. Under her guidance, M*Modal has transformed traditional NLP, which is typically used for retrospective analysis of data for research and reporting, into a technology that scales broadly across a number of applications. Gilan has deep experience as a practicing pathologist combined with a comprehensive background in research and academia. She earned an MD and PhD in Pathology from Ain Shams University in Egypt and a master’s degree in Medical Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh.


11. Michelle O’Connor

Michelle O’Connor is an Executive Vice President at MEDITECH, a software and service company focused on information systems for healthcare organizations. In her role, Michelle ensures the Company’s Electronic Health Record meets today’s evolving industry and regulatory standards, while providing the optimal user experience for customers. She has been with MEDITECH for over 30 years. Previously, Michelle served as Vice President of Product Development. In 2017, Michelle traveled to South Africa to meet with hospital and government leaders throughout the region to see how they were adapting to MEDITECH systems. Michelle commented, “Working together with local communities and governments, we’re seeking out ways to improve people’s health no matter where they live.” She earned a bachelor’s degree in Math and Computer Science from Bridgewater State College.


12. M. Bridget Duffy

M. Bridget Duffy, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer for Vocera, which provides secure, integrated, and intelligent communication and workflow solutions to mobile workers in healthcare, hospitality, energy, and other mission-critical mobile work environments. Prior to Vocera, Bridget co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of ExperiaHealth, a company that assisted organizations in rapidly improving staff and patient loyalty through innovative technologies. ExperiaHealth was acquired by Vocera and now drives the company’s research collaborative. Bridget attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, and completed her residency in internal medicine at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She currently serves on the board of directors for Evolent Health, Inc. and on the advisory boards of Stanford MedicineX, Velano Vascular, Hygge Health, Maven Clinic and the Institute for Healthcare Excellence.


13. Nani Hunjan McDonnell

Nani Hunjan McDonnell is the Senior Vice President, Customer Success and Customer Support at PointClickCare, an enterprise-level cloud software and managed services provider to the healthcare industry. Nani initially joined the Company in 2013 as a Vice President of Corporate Accounts and since then has risen to Vice President of Account Management to Vice President, Customer Success and to her current leadership role. Previously, she was a Vice President, Client Services at PointRight and before that was with United Healthcare and Tufts Health Plan. Nani began her career with PacifiCare Health Systems. She earned degrees from the University of Southern California and the University of Los Angeles.


14. Christine Chapman

Christine Chapman is the Vice President of InterSystems TrakCare. She first joined InterSystems in 2004 as a Service Executive Director. TrakCare is a unified healthcare information system used by leading healthcare providers in 25 countries. Over 100 million patients globally have been served by TrakCare. During her professional career, Christine has held many senior positions including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Picis Inc, an international healthcare company focused on critical care, operating theater, and emergency services. She was also Vice President of the eHealth Services Division for Superior Consultant, and held several executive positions at Compucare. She started her career as a developer for Medical Information Technology. Christine earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.


15. Lisa Khorey

Lisa Khorey is the Executive Vice President, Chief Client Delivery Officer for Allscripts Healthcare Solutions. The Company provides electronic health record technology and other health information technology to over 180,000 physicians, 2,700 hospitals and 13,000 extended care organizations. Lisa leads all aspects of delivering Allscripts solutions to its clients, including professional services, managed services, support and hosting. Previously, she was an Executive Director in Ernst & Young’s Healthcare Advisory Services Practice, specializing in analytics. She served the firm’s largest clients across the US and Australia. Lisa spent 20 years in a variety of technology leadership roles at UPMC, one of the largest integrated delivery and financing organizations in the US. She spearheaded and led UPMC’s Enterprise Analytics Program and was responsible for oversight of enterprise systems. She also spent several years as a UPMC hospital chief information officer. Lisa has an MBA from Duquesne University and a bachelor’s degree in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.


16. Loraine Goetsch

Loraine Goetsch is the Division President at Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. (“MTBC”). MTBC is a publicly traded healthcare IT company that provides electronic health record software and technology-based medical billing, transcription and practice management services to healthcare providers in the US. Previously, Loraine served as MTBC’s Vice President of Sales since 2012. Since 2009, she served as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management. Loraine has been with MTBC since 1999 and has helped the Company grow to what it is today with over 1,500 employees supporting 10,000 plus providers and serving clients in all 50 states. With over 20 years of experience, she has an in-depth understanding of the current and evolving needs of MTBC's industry and target market.


17. Bela Labovitch

Bela is the Vice President, Engineering at athenahealth, a leading provider of integrated, network-enabled services for healthcare and point-of-care mobile apps. Bela has a long track record of over thirty years as a technology executive and software engineer. Throughout her tenure at athenahealth she has risen through three positions rising in seniority. Most recently prior to athenahealth, Bela was the Senior Director of Technology for inVentive Health and prior to that was the Director of Software Engineering at LogixHealth and VP, Engineering at MedMinder Systems. She spent the early part of the 2000s with IBM as a Senior Software Architect. Bela began her career as a software engineer for the Cortex Corporation. Over her career she has worked across a number of verticals including healthcare, pharma, financial institutions, publishing and eCommerce. Bela earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Brandeis University and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University.


18. Dawn Iddings

Dawn Iddings is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Netsmart’s post-acute care organization. Netsmart is one of the largest human services and integrated care technology providers impacting more than 25 million persons nationwide. The Company serves more than 500,000 users in more than 24,000 organizations. Dawn is responsible for managing Netsmart Homecare, an industry-leading home health, hospice, palliative care and private duty electronic health record (EHR) as well as the Netsmart senior living EHR. She also oversees the integration of these solutions with the Netsmart CareFabric, a suite of clinical and business technology solutions. Dawn has over 15 years of healthcare and technology experience, including senior-level positions at Siemens Healthcare, Cerner Corporation and Garmin International. She earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


19. Deborah Cornett
Conifer Health Solutions

Deborah (Debby) Cornett is the Vice President, Clinical Revenue Integrity at Conifer Health Solutions, a leading healthcare business solutions organization. She has held various leadership roles with the Company since 2012. Debby is focused on transforming clinical information into data to accurately reflect patient outcomes and to ensure accurate reimbursement for services rendered. She brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience in all areas of the revenue cycle. Prior to joining Conifer, Debby was the Corporate Director of Health Information Management, Coding, CDI, Scheduling and Patient Access at Jewish Hospital & St Mary’s HealthCare. Prior to that, she was the Division Director of Health Information Management, Coding and Transcription at Norton Healthcare Systems. She has been a member of the American Health Information Management Association since 1992. Debby earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from Eastern Kentucky University.


20. Erica Conroy

Erica Conroy is the Vice President of Specialty Business at CoverMyMeds, which creates software to automate the prior authorization process used by some health insurance companies in the United States. She leads her team in delivering new specialty solutions to serve patients, providers, pharmacists, payers and life science companies in improving the availability, deliverability and accessibility of medications. Erica initially joined the Company as the Director of Product Development, where she led the Company’s first innovation team to take on major market opportunities by leveraging the CoverMyMeds network and technology. She played an instrumental role in advancing patient access and care, therapy operations and business development while exceeding all operational directives. Erica earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry from The Ohio State University.


21. Amy Shellhart

Amy Shellhart is the Senior Vice President of Operations at WellSky (formerly Mediware Information Systems). She has over 25 years of healthcare industry experience in leadership positions. Prior to WellSky, Amy served as Vice President of Product Management at Change Healthcare as well as at McKesson. Amy’s experience also includes leading the charge in establishing the MassineBoecker, Inc. population health management footprint in the U.S. She spent the large majority of her healthcare career at Healthways, where for over 15 years she led product management solutions serving the health systems and physicians market as well as program management of the diabetes service line. Amy earned her MBA and bachelor’s degree from Southwest Baptist University.


22. Dee Emon

Dee Emon is the Senior Vice President of Operations and Transformation at R1 RCM, a technology-enabled revenue cycle management services company serving hospitals, health systems and physician group practices. Dee has a long tenure of over 25 years in the healthcare industry having worked in various capacities. Earlier in her career she was a Director of Nursing for Aspirus, a health system based in Wisconsin. She then went on to become a Vice President of Patient Care Service for Ministry Health Care. As her experience grew, so did her positions, eventually becoming an Interim CEO at Vanguard Health Systems. Most immediately prior to joining R1 RCM, Dee was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Wake Forest Baptist Health. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a degree in Nursing and earned a master’s in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.


23. Cheryl Jorgenson

Cheryl Jorgenson is the Chief Clinical Officer at PDX, a leading provider of pharmacy management software and services serving over 10,000 pharmacies in the US. Previously, she was the Vice President of Clinical Services and Director of Prior Authorization Programs. Cheryl has over 25 years in the Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) services industry. Prior to PDX, she was a joint owner of a specialty pharmacy that served patients with bleeding disorders. Before that, she was a Director of Prior Authorization and Account Management at Medco, Vice President of Pharmacy Operations at Patient Care, Vice President of Pharmacy Operations at ValueRx (Value Health) and a Nuclear Pharmacist at Syncor. Cheryl earned a master’s in Healthcare Informatics from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Central Florida. She obtained her doctorate of pharmacy from Mercer University.


24. Kelly Bliss

Kelly Bliss is the Chief Client Officer at Teladoc Health, a telemedicine company that uses telephone and videoconferencing technology to provide on-demand remote medical care via mobile devices, the internet, video and phone. Kelly is responsible for the global client services strategies that drive client retention, fosters advocacy, and grows partner relationships. Previously, Kelly was the Chief of Staff at Best Doctors (acquired by Teladoc in 2017), where she was responsible for driving enterprise alignment for the global leadership team on key strategic initiatives. Prior to Best Doctors, Kelly was the Global Director of Human Resources at InterSystems. She began her career at Lab Corp. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology from Nichols College.


25. Barbara Dumery

Barbara Dumery is the Senior Vice President, Product Management at Imprivata. She has more than 19 years of experience. Upon joining the Company, Barbara successfully led product management for Imprivata OneSign and Imprivata Confirm ID. Previously, she led product management at Verscend Technologies, a healthcare analytics and population health management company. Prior to Verscend, she worked at Nuance for seven years, where she headed up product management for the Health Information Management solution suite and was the line of business lead for the radiology business. Barbara also headed up product management at a mid-stage PACS start-up and led market development at a patient monitoring and anesthesia machine company. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering.