Discussion Leader -
Sharing insights, inspiring change -
Board Member, Cambia Health Solutions; former Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Susannah Fox is a health and technology strategist whose life’s work has been to explore and map the terrain created by patients, survivors, and caregivers. She passionately believes that open access to information, data, and tools can help patients make better decisions and catalyze health care innovation. Her recent book, Rebel Health: A Field Guide to the Patient-Led Revolution in Medical Care (MIT Press, 2024), showcases how consumers are building up our collective capacity for better health and how the health care ecosystem can leverage the power of connection with those they serve.
Susannah 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 and launched Invent Health, an initiative focused on user-driven innovation for medical and assistive devices. As an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation she built project teams to bring patient and caregiver insights into work of the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. For 14 years she directed the health portfolio at the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project where she researched the intersection of health, social media, and patient engagement and first coined the phrase peer-to-peer health care. 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.
Fox serves on the boards of Cambia Health Solutions and Smart Check-In. As an Internet Geologist, she also advises organizations — big and small, nonprofit and for-profit — on how to navigate the intersection of health and technology, targeting areas of the health care system that need to work better for patients, survivors, and caregivers.