AboutI like using technology to build things that make the world better, especially when it comes to health: businesses, government programs, the patient engagement movement…
In the near future, with supercomputers (aka smart phones) in our pockets and sensors in our clothes, most people will be able to collect, share, and use information to make smarter health decisions in real time, supported by health care providers, coaches, researchers, and family members, often from a distance.
I’ve been working toward this vision for nearly two decades, building, leading, and advising initiatives in business and government. For me, the most exciting opportunities are at the intersections of traditional domains. I’m an entrepreneur and a connector, whether I’m in the public or private sector. I love creative problem solving, developing solutions that are both useful and beautiful, and collaborating with talented teams that span business, policy, consumer advocacy, and design.
From 2011 to 2014 I launched and led the Consumer eHealth Program at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) at the US Department of Health. With billions of government dollars available through the 2009 “stimulus package” to digitize healthcare, it was a unique opportunity to effect change, even though most people thought I was crazy. (“Huh? Consumers can’t understand health information—this is about doctors!” “Why on earth would you work for the government, anyway?”)
Turns out “patient engagement” is, in fact, a thing, though we’re all still figuring out the details. And government, just like business, is a pretty good place to work for high-impact change. I'm happy to be back in the private sector, but I continue to work on bridging the gap!
Work With Me
Lygeia means "clear voiced" in ancient Greek. I started Clear Voice Consulting in 2007 to help clients find clarity and success in the nascent environment of patient engagement and digital health. After several years tackling the same topic from within the federal government, I reopened Clear Voice in 2014 to provide the following services:
Product Development – I help you improve your product or service and incorporate the consumer perspective into its content and design. [more]
Press & Awards
Some recent mentions and media highlights
What's Our Health Data Worth? [Consumer Reports, March 2016]
Decentralization is Driving the New Health Ecosystem and Economy [Forbes, February 2016]
The Health-Care Industry is Pushing Patients to Help Themselves [Wall Street Journal, June 2014]
For Lygeia Ricciardo, Patient Engagement is Personal [Healthcare IT News, June 2013]
Voted Among Top 10 Influential Women in Health IT
Fierce Health IT
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, HHS • Awarded for “putting consumer eHealth on the map”
Social Media Influencer
Included in the #HIT100 Twitter Influencers list for health IT every year (2011-2016)