TOP 25 WOMEN IN HEALTHCARE
Susan DeVore PREMIER CHARLOTTE, NC
DeVore has been president and CEO of Premier since 2009. Under her leadership, the publicly traded supplychain organization and healthcare-improvement company has won numerous awards for innovation. She was at the helm when Premier became the first hospital-owned GPO to go public. Prior to being named president, she was COO at Premier for five years, leading its four core business units and helping the organization win a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. She serves on the board of trustees for the Healthcare Leadership Council and has held board positions at other councils and organizations, including the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Healthcare.
Judith Faulkner EPIC SYSTEMS CORP. VERONA, WI
Faulkner is the founder and longtime CEO of Epic Systems Corp., a privately held healthcare software company that has grown into one of the most dominant providers of electronic health record systems. Faulkner, a computer programmer with a degree in mathematics, founded the company in 1979 with a $6,000 investment that came partially from her parents. From those modest beginnings, Epic has risen to great heights, with more than half of the U.S. population estimated to have their healthcare information stored on an Epic EHR system. Faulkner has also held influential roles outside the company, including the federal Health IT Policy Committee, representing the health IT industry on a key advisory panel to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Deborah DiSanzo IBM WATSON HEALTH NEW YORK, NY
DiSanzo is general manager for IBM Watson Health, the business unit founded to support IBM’s goal of advancing health on a global scale through data-driven solutions and artificial intelligence. In this role, DiSanzo leads more than 2,000 IBM employees worldwide with a mandate to scale the business globally. While CEO at Philips Healthcare, she was a pioneer in adopting other healthcare-related technologies, specifically the field of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and was instrumental in introducing the first AED designed specifically for use in public spaces to resuscitate a person suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. She also previously held management positions at Hewlett-Packard Co. and Apollo Computer.
Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright MEDICAL GROUP MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION ENGLEWOOD, CO
Fischer-Wright has been president and CEO of the MGMA for the past two years. The association and its 50 state affiliates represent more than 33,000 administrators and executives in 18,000 healthcare organizations in which 385,000 physicians practice. Fischer-Wright has deep experience in the clinical side of physician-group operations as well as the administrative side. After starting her own medical practice, she spent a few years as a management consultant and later served as president of the Rose Medical Group, a 680-physician multispecialty practice in Denver. In 2008, she co-authored the New York Times best-seller Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization.