Jonathan Bush is an author, visionary and energetic disruptor within the healthcare industry. He has spoken at more than 100 events on the roles of innovation and technology to make healthcare work as it should and has received numerous awards, notably the Ellen M. Zane Disruptor in Healthcare award (2016). In addition, he appeared on Fortune’s list of the top leaders changing healthcare (2017).
Bush believes that healthcare’s greatest challenges can be healed from the ground up. He has dedicated his life and his company, athenahealth, to breaking the status quo and bringing this belief to life. He has been on a mission to unbreak healthcare since 1997, when he launched athenahealth, Inc., after serving as an EMT for the city of New Orleans and witnessing first-hand the challenges faced by providers. He co-founded the company in 1997 and took it public in 2007 in the most successful initial public offering that year. Twenty years later, athenahealth remains one of the healthcare IT industry's fastest growing companies, and Bush’s aspiration has evolved to make athenahealth the largest connected network in healthcare. As CEO of athenahealth, he has won the hearts and minds of nearly 100,000 providers, with whom his team partners to enhance the way providers get paid and reduce the administrative burden they take on each day.
Bush consistently breaks the mold of the traditional entrepreneur, leading athenahealth to launch some of the most popular health IT movements in recent years, including Let Doctors Be Doctors. This movement has not only provided a platform for stakeholders around the industry to share and vent their frustrations, but also allows the company to apply that feedback to improve healthcare technology for all who use it.
Bush also serves on the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows, where he acts as an external advisor and provides counsel to administrators and faculty on topics pertinent to the strength, health and well-being of the institution