Susannah Fox

• Former CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Susannah Fox is the principal of Internet Geologist, LLC, a health and technology consultancy. Her research has been featured in publications ranging from Pediatrics and the Journal of the American Medical Association to the New York Times and Harvard Business Review. She is a former Chief Technology Officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama Administration, where she led an open data and innovation lab. In 2014-15, she was the entrepreneur-in-residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For 14 years she directed the health portfolio at the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project where she helped create and define a new market at the intersection of health, social media, and patient engagement.

Fox currently serves on the board of directors of Cambia Health Solutions of Portland, OR, and Hive Networks of Cincinnati, OH. She is an advisor to Alladapt Immunotherapeutics, Archangels, Article 27, Atlas of Caregiving, Before Brands, Equip Health, Redesign Health, and the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at Smithsonian Institution.

Fox is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a degree in anthropology. She is the mother of two children, a caregiver for elders, and lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Eric Halperin.

Speech topics

Health and Technology Megatrends: How You Can Anticipate the Future

Three revolutions have transformed the information landscape in the last decade. First, the internet gave us access to a vast information vending machine. Second, mobile devices put information in our pockets, with anytime, anywhere access. Third, and most importantly, social platforms gave us access to each other. Health care has been slow to adapt to each of these, but there are new opportunities available to those who understand the landscape -- and Susannah Fox is the ideal guide.

Innovation as a Problem Solving Tool

Many organizations face an increasingly complex mission amidst rapid technological change. As the Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Susannah Fox ran an innovation lab aimed at improving operations within a massive federal agency. Learn how a small team of change agents can have a big impact, sparking the entrepreneurial spirit in even the most conservative bureaucracy.

The "E" is for Engagement: A Report from the Front Lines of the e-Patient Revolution

There is a new type of health care consumer -- the engaged patient -- who expects a different level of access and service. After seven national surveys and 14 years of fieldwork, Susannah Fox knows this population better than most. She will share the surprising data about how people engage in their health, both online and offline.

Social Media as a Platform for Hope

The internet has given us access not only to information, but also to each other. This deceptively simple insight is the key to unlock opportunities for health care organizations to better serve their communities. Susannah Fox has mapped the online landscape and will share the surprising data about how people engage in their health, both online and offline. Use the data to segment your market and reach out to caregivers, people living with chronic conditions, or older adults. Or go in-depth on teens and young adults who are poised to lead the way into a more connected future for health and well-being. You will leave this presentation armed with data and stories about why social media can be a platform for hope.

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