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Even though words such as “innovation” and “disruption” are overused, some healthcare leaders stand out as true examples of entrepreneurial intelligence.


The following men and women founded or co-founded companies that have made a name for themselves regarding the healthcare industry. Some of these entrepreneurs were fueled by the growing demand for guidance and help, while others simply have their own passion from personal experiences.  


Each of these healthcare leaders has used his or her unique experiences, insight and knowledge to produce valuable products or services that truly contribute to the goal of healthcare. The goal of healthcare is to provide more effective, affordable medical care to patients.


Jonathan Bush


Johnathan Bush is a leader with an extreme amount of energy and enthusiasm. He is the co-founder and CEO of Watertown, Mass. -based athenahealth and author of the book, “Where Does it Hurt? An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Healthcare.” Mr. Bush launched a network of maternity clinics in 1997 called athenahealth.


Quint Studer


Quint Studer is the founder of Pensacola, Florida bases Studer Group, an outcomes firm that uses Evidenced-Based Leadership systems and practices to help organizations achieve, sustain and accelerate performance in service, quality, finance, people and growth.


Michael Sachs


Michael Sachs is the founder and previous CEO of Skokie, III -based Sg2, a healthcare and hospital system intelligence, analytics and consulting company. Before funding Sg2, Mr. Sachs was chairman of Sachs Group, which provided healthcare planning and marketing data to more than 1,000 institutions across the U.S. Mr. Sachs previously worked as a consultant with Ernst & Whinny and AT Kearney and on the management team at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich.

Judy Faulkner


Judy Faulkner is the founder and CEO of Verona, which is based in Wisconsin, called Epic Systems, one of the biggest EHR providers for hospitals and health systems in the country. Ms. Faulkner started Epic in 1979 after completing graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied computer science. At its start, Epic was comprised of three part-time employees who worked in the basement of an apartment house. Today, Epic has more than 8,000 employees across its 1,000-acre campus that is valued at more than $700 million, according to HIT consultant.