About me

I help people navigate health and technology.

In practice, I am a health and technology researcher and trend spotter. My findings have been cited in business plans, grant proposals, and publications from JAMA to the Wall Street Journal since the year 2000. And I contribute to debates around the world about how data, social media, and technology can be used to support health.

I most recently served as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation after 14 years at the Pew Research Center, where I directed the health and technology portfolio.

My work is enriched by the people I affectionately call the health geek tribe. I can’t imagine doing the work I do without the help of my community. So thanks for being here!

Here’s where I publish and hang out online:





If you have questions, please leave a comment or send me an email (susannahRfox at gmail dot com — note the middle initial R, please).

If you are looking for a more formal bio and headshot, here’s my LinkedIn profile.

Please note: I’m happy to hear from people who have questions, ideas, stories, business plans, etc., but I rarely have time to engage in these wonderful “over the transom” inquiries, especially for free. When I do, I post my thoughts as a public Q&A. Check out those posts — and please join in the conversation!

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18 thoughts on “About me

  1. I was at a cocktail party, struggling to describe in just a few sentences what I do for a living, when my friend Paul Tarini broke in and said, “You’re an internet geologist. You study the rocks, you don’t judge them.” Exactly. I study patterns in the online landscape and provide data and insights so people can make better decisions.


    I didn’t know Paul Tarini was the source of that phrase – thanks for sharing it!

    And, may I say, mazel tov.

    • Thanks, Dave! Yep, the site is live in beta (still need to add a few features) and one thing I’m very happy to share is the origin of the phrase I now use daily, thanks to Paul.

  2. Hey, how fabulous that I bumped into Ted Eytan’s tweet about your new blog — yay! Love the backstory for the “internet geologist” title. I am always struggling to explain to people concisely what I do — perhaps I should ask Paul Tarini to give me a moniker :)

    • You should ask him! Or Ted Eytan, who coined “community colleague.” Sometimes friends see us more clearly than we see ourselves.

  3. I was wondering how to explain all of what you do to the readers of my today’s post on rare diseases (Social media: best ally of patients with rare disease) as I quote you and Peer-to-Peer Health. Then, I decided to put a link to this post. Thank you Susannah for all the fine data you produce!

  4. I really like what you write and love the research work you have done with Pew Research, specially with Health 2.0. Thanks for studying the health and technology trends and reporting them. As a master’s graduate in health communication, your work has really motivated me, and helped me in my various projects during my masters program.

    • Thank you so much! That means a lot to me. Please jump in to any of the comment threads you see — the conversation is never over.

  5. Susannah-

    I’ve been binge reading your articles on peer-to-peer as the future of health tech. How exactly do you anticipate this playing out and why do you think WebMD (a dial-up generation company) is still so dominant?

  6. Hi Susannah —

    Nice work on your site! A suggestion for something to add… you’ve been the driving force behind so many great reports out of Pew. People like me reference them all the time. But sometimes it’s hard to find exactly what we need. Maybe you could do your own roundup or Cliff’s Notes version of key reports you wrote to help data seekers find the right report quickly. At minimum I’d suggest linking back to Pew’s site at the page you think is best for those of us who are specifically seeking “Susannah’s reports”.

    Thanks and cheers,

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