About Ignite Healthcare Network

Women are everywhere in healthcare except in positions to shape the future of the industry. Ignite is on a mission to amplify the voices of women leading healthcare industry transformation!

The percent of women in healthcare leadership is growing, albeit slowly

Women as a percentage of each of the following categories in 2017, 2018, and 2019

Board members at Fortune 500 healthcare companies:*
  • 2017 22.1% 22.1%
  • 2018 22.6% 22.6%
  • 2019 26.0% 26.0%
Executives at Fortune 500 healthcare companies
  • 2017 22.6% 22.6%
  • 2018 21.9% 21.9%
  • 2019 23.7% 23.7%
Executives at 100 largest hospitals
  • 2017 32.4% 32.4%
  • 2018 34.5% 34.5%
  • 2019 37.1% 37.1%
Partners at venture funds active in digital health**
  • 2017 10.9% 10.9%
  • 2018 12.2% 12.2%
  • 2019 12.6% 12.6%
Deals closed by women-led digital health startups
  • 2017 11.1% 11.1%
  • 2018 13.4% 13.4%
  • 2019 14.0% 14.0%
* In 2019, there were 41 healthcare F500 companies.
** US-based venture funds that have made 5+ digital health investments from 2011-Q1 – 2019

We are a nonprofit organization comprised of a global network of highly experienced women executives working in roles that influence healthcare.  Our members are leaders in traditional industry sector organizations (providers, payors, device manufacturers, venture capital, and other service advisors.) as well as companies in nontraditional sectors that are increasingly catalyzing industry change.

Ignite is laser focused on accelerating the professional advancement of women in our industry while simultaneously leading in healthcare industry transformation.  We do this in two ways;

  1. By hosting networking events to bring together women leaders. These events create opportunities for executive-level women to connect, strengthen relationships, and generate and share innovative ideas.
  2. By hosting an Annual Pitch Competition to showcase the best of women-led digital health and med device startups poised to revolutionize the industry.  This program provides a unique opportunity for women entrepreneurs to interact with a vibrant ecosystem of industry experts representing other potential customers, investors, and business/legal advisors to accelerate the growth of their companies.  The event’s finale is the high energy annual Pitch Competition Event where finalists pitch to compete for several hundred thousand dollars in investment prizes.

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Women make 80% of healthcare purchase decisions.

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Women represent 70-80% of healthcare industry workforce.

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36% of all practicing MDs in US are women

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Women represent 50.5% of all medical school students.