Alicia C. Staley is the CEO of Akari Health, a start-up patient engagement company based in Boston, MA. She provides her perspective on health information technology and social media issues facing patients and healthcare workers in today’s rapidly changing healthcare industry. With an engineering background and MBA/MS degrees in information systems, Alicia applies her technical knowledge in creative ways to bring different healthcare communities together to leverage knowledge, solutions, and support in efficient, effective ways.
Alicia is a three-time cancer survivor committed to making a difference in the health care community. She shares her passion and enthusiasm for helping the cancer community by contributing to Awesome Cancer Survivor and the BCSM community.
She regularly speaks at social media and digital conferences throughout the US. She has presented at the Stanford University's MedicineX Conference, South by South West Interactive Conference (SXSWi), 140 Boston, ePharma, and Social Media for Pharma. Alicia has in-depth knowledge of the power of online communities and provides consulting services to many companies looking to build platforms to interact with consumers and patients in meaningful ways. As an inspirational speaker, Alicia reaches many different audiences, providing insight into life as a 20-year cancer survivor.
In May 2013, Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), appointed Alicia Staley to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee. She will fill one of three committee positions held by advocates for patients or consumers for a three year term.