This year’s 100 most influential healthcare leaders may surprise you.
While some of the individuals honored this year are repetitive, others are not what you would call your usual suspects – and that is because this has not been an ordinary year.
In 2021, the healthcare industry, already shaken by the global pandemic, has seen more significant changes. The first occurred right before the end of 2020, when the world was promised to return to normal with the advent and rapid approval of vaccines. Their safety and demands to reduce the death toll have been hotly debated and have led to further rifts in society and between employers and workers. The result has been skyrocketing costs of recruiting and retaining employees, and is revolutionizing many work environments as employers compete for talent.
Meanwhile, an industry that has long lagged behind its competitors in truly serving patients has become obsessed with consumers. Digitizing healthcare has become an imperative as telehealth has become a leader in digital healthcare funding. Many of these steps would have been impossible without external investment, which hit a record $ 15 billion in the first half of 2021 alone.
Our 100 companies have also strived to transform their own ranks to become more diverse and inclusive, and while many still have a long way to go, DEI has become an obvious business imperative.
Take a look at our Ranking for 2021 to find out what role these industry giants have played in the evolution of healthcare.