Naomi Fried, PhD

Healthcare Innovation and Digital Health Leader

Naomi Fried is a thought leader in healthcare innovation and digital health. She was Biogen’s first VP of Innovation, Medical Information, and External Partnerships. She led five functions catalyzing innovation to support patients and healthcare professionals. She developed the strategy for and led the “innovation beyond the molecule” program to deliver non-pharmacological value to patients and providers.

Previously, Naomi was Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH) first Chief Innovation Officer. She built and led the Innovation Acceleration Program, which focused on enhancing the innovation culture, improving care quality, and assisting the hospital in shaping the future of health care. The Innovation Acceleration program supported strategic innovation initiatives, resourced grass roots innovation, and identified unmet innovation opportunities. Naomi oversaw the creation and administration of the Innovestment seed grant program which supported 37 projects and the FastTrack Innovation (FIT) in Technology Program which developed 9 novel clinical software solutions and mobile apps. She also initiated and led the development of BCH’s telehealth strategy.

Prior to BCH, she was the VP of Innovation and Advanced Technology at Kaiser Permanente (KP) where she led an effort to identify and assess new and emerging health care technology; chaired the board of its internal Innovation Fund for Technology; formed KP’s Telehealth Working Group; was involved in the start-up and governance of KP’s Innovation lab, the Sidney R. Garfield Center for Health Care Innovation; and was Managing Director of the Archimedes Project.

Before KP, Naomi advised two venture capital firms on life science and health care information technology investments; served as the GM and VP for Business Development of 1747, Inc., which conducts online clinical trials for new drugs; and was instrumental in the formation of the medical informatics internet start-up e-SKOLAR, formerly SHINE, spun out of Stanford School of Medicine, serving as interim President for its first year.

Naomi is on the Advisory Board for HealthCare Business Women's Association, MedCity News, Digital Collaboration Solutions, the Journal of Clinical Innovation & Technology, and on the board of Directors of the American Telemedicine Association. She is also a member of the Governor of Massachusetts’ Innovation Council. Her awards include being named one of WEST’s “Notable Women Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology” in 2013 and one of Healthcare IT News’ “2013 Health Information Technology (HIT) Men and Women of the Year Award, Innovators.” Naomi was named “The Emerging Executive of the Year” in 2014 by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Naomi received her Ph.D. in Materials Science from MIT and her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.