Digital Health Council

Through Executive Orders #574 and #585, Governor Charlie Baker established the Massachusetts Digital Healthcare Council. The role of the Digital Health Council is to advise the Governor on the digital health industry, and to develop a three-year growth plan to achieve the goal of creating the leading global ecosystem for digital health in Massachusetts.


As part of this growth plan, the Council developed a report, that identifies eight near-term priority initiative recommendations. The report outlines the recommendations, the Council's activities to date, and its plans to implement the initiatives going forward. 

Several of these initiatives are already underway, including:


The Digital Health Council is co-chaired by Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy, and Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, Chairman, President and CEO of Vertex. The Digital Health Council will be supported by MeHI and will advise on strategic priorities of the Mass Digital Health Initiative. The list of Council members is below:


Mike Kennealy, Secretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, Chairman, President & CEO, Vertex

Members (alphabetical by last name):

Mass Digital Health Council Members at meeting

Dianne J. Anderson, President and CEO, Lawrence General Hospital

Scott Bailey, Chief Growth Officer, MassChallenge

Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

Carl Byers, Executive Partner, F-Prime Capital Partners

Damon Cox, Asst. Secretary of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Dr. Piali De, CEO, Senscio Systems

Andrew Dreyfus, President & Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Sandra L. Fenwick, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Children's Hospital

Dr. Alan M. Garber, Provost, Harvard University

Dr. Atul Gawande, Executive Director, Ariadne Labs at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Michael Greeley, General Partner, Flare Capital Partners 

Louis Gutierrez, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Connector

Dr. John Halamka, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess System

Dr. Kerry Healey, President, Babson College

Colin Hill, Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder, GNS Healthcare

Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO, Southcoast Health

Dr. Erin Jospe, Chief Medical Officer & SVP, Account Management, Kyruus

Stephen Kraus, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

Laurie Leshin, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Travis McCready, President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, President, Brigham and Women's Health Care

Ed Park, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, athenahealth

Lora Pellegrini, President and CEO, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans

Lauren Peters, Undersecretary for Health Policy, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Larry Renfro, Vice Chairman, UnitedHealth Group and CEO, Optum

Martin Arnold Schmidt, Provost, MIT

Peter H. Sherlock, Special Advisor to the CEO, MITRE Corporation

Justin Steinman, Vice President & Head of Product Management, Aetna

Dr. Steven Strongwater, President & CEO, Atrius Health

Laurance Stuntz, Director, Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech

Marylou Sudders, Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Steven Tello, Vice Provost for Innovation and Workforce Development, UMass Lowell

Dr. David Torchiana, President & CEO, Partners HealthCare

Joel Vengco, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer Baystate Health

Sudip Verma, Director of Sales Strategy and Operations, Alegeus Technologies

Kate Walsh, President & CEO, Boston Medical Center

Dr. Rick Weisblatt, Chief of Innovation and Strategy, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare