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Kate McCarthy

VP, Team Manager

Kate McCarthy is a Vice President and Team Manager on the Gartner healthcare and life science industry research team. In this role, she supports healthcare and life science executives who seek to respond to disruptive, digital innovation upending today's business model. Her research addresses the culture, strategies, tactics and tools required to digitally transform, optimize and future-proof their organizations. Kate's advises global clients on healthcare and life science stakeholder engagement with human-centered design principles rooted in empathy and enabled by technology. Kate has twenty years of healthcare and life science strategy experience across the care continuum, including academic medicine and research, 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 and life science innovation, 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 (retired)

Strategic Cost Optimization Resource Center


Bachelor of Arts, English, Simmons University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Healthcare and Life Science Next-Generation Strategy Development

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

3Digital Giants and Big Box Retailers in Healthcare and Life Sciences

4Healthcare and life science consumer engagement and total experience

5Retail Healthcare