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Kate McCarthy

VP, Team Manager

Kate McCarthy is a Senior Director, Analyst on the Gartner healthcare industry research team. In this role, she supports CIOs who seek to respond to disruptive, digital innovation upending today's business model. Her research addresses the culture, strategies, tactics and tools healthcare CIOs need to digitally transform, optimize and future-proof their organizations. Kate's work focuses largely on the virtualization of care, and she covers virtual care, consumerism, care value, emerging electronic health record use cases, and the entrance of digital giants in healthcare.

Kate has more than fifteen years of healthcare strategy experience across the care continuum, including academic medicine, health information technology, digital health, health insurers and public policy. Kate has supported the development of integrated delivery networks, early-stage payment reform innovations such as bundled payment for care improvement (BCPI) and accountable care organizations (ACO), and the legislative process for both the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Kate is a noted and frequent presenter at national conferences. She infuses talks with her personal experience as a rare disease patient and is regularly quoted in news outlets on healthcare reform, wearables, digital experience and disruptive market influencers. Kate travels with her service dog, Winnie, and is an advocate for rare disease patients and individuals living with disabilities, both visible and invisible.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Kate served as the Vice President for Growth and Innovation at ClearDATA, a late-stage, secure cloud startup. Kate's work supported both client-facing and internal efforts to leverage public cloud to support innovation at scale for enterprise analytics, digital health applications and clinical research. Kate previously led the healthcare practice at Forrester Research, where she developed healthcare industry insights on how organizations can survive digital disruption by leveraging technology to optimize organizational performance and engage patients in new, innovative ways in the age of the consumer.

Professional background


Vice President, Growth and Innovation

Forrester Research

Senior Analyst, Health Care Practice Leader

MassGeneral Brigham (formerly Partners Healthcare)

Manager, Business Planning and Strategy

Areas of coverage

Healthcare and Life Science Digital Optimization and Modernization

Healthcare and Life Science Digital Transformation and Innovation

Pandemic and Vaccine Management Resource Center


Bachelor of Arts, English, Simmons University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Healthcare Next-Generation Strategy Development

2Healthcare virtualization of care, including Telehealth and hospital-in-the-home

3Digital Giants and Big Box Retailers in Healthcare

4Healthcare consumer engagement and omni-channel

5Care Value

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