As part of the HUB week series, the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative hosted an Oct. 13 panel entitled “The Women Behind Digital Health.” The panel was moderated by Maeghan Welford, who is the Chief of Staff at Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and a Senior Advisor at the Mass Digital Health Initiative. She led speakers Ashley Reid, Nancy Brown, Carla Small, and Sasha Said in discussions about the role that female entrepreneurs play in shaping the healthcare technology landscape.
Reid is the founder and CEO of Wellist, which is a growing Boston based digital health company that seeks to improve the patient experience by data driven results through advisory services, digital health tools, in-hospital concierges and call center navigators. Wellist works with major area hospitals such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and more. Brown is a venture partner at Oak HC/FT, a premier venture growth equity fund, a Board Member on axialHealthcare, a Board Observer on Limeade, and a mentor at Mass Challenge with over 25 years of clinical, executive, and consulting experience. Small is the Senior Director of the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) at Boston Children’s Hospital where she leads the innovation accelerator. Said is Vice President and a member of the founding team of Leerink Transformative Partners which focuses on growth equity investments in privately held healthcare technology companies. She is also a board director of Vera Health, an investor in Outcome Health, and she formerly worked in the digital health and technology section of Waypoint Capital, which funded digital health and life science technology companies.