I love that where I work is so open to ideas. It is somewhere that if you can suggest a way to do things better you will get the green light to give it a try. That’s so important given the disruption taking place in health technology right now. Having worked in fintech I soon realised that healthcare was lagging behind the financial sector, but that has to change.
There is a move away from paper towards digital and away from local care towards tapping into global expertise. People are demanding more information on their health, and because of the changes in other industries, they expect a seamless digital experience.
Take patient records, handling them manually is so inefficient, but once they live in the digital space patients can own their data – and that is so valuable. They can take it to any doctor in the world, while sharing this data could make things like finding a bone marrow donor so much easier as searching for a match could happen at the touch of a button.
While face-to-face consultations are vital in some cases, you are limited to the doctors who work near you. If we can create a way for you to be seen by a doctor anywhere in the world virtually it means you could get treatment advice from the very best specialists. My own cancer was so rare I often knew more about it than my doctors. I think my recovery might have been faster if my doctors and I could have worked with experts and specialists around the world, but that just wasn’t possible at the time.
This is the direction healthcare is moving in, and that’s why I believe that by helping to make the digital space efficient and seamless as possible I have found my way to make a difference. Better software design can win back wasted time for doctors, nurses and patients, so they can all focus on the business of living.
The Spark is a 12-episode podcast series that explores Philips’ diverse global workforce and people’s sources of inspiration – the ‘spark’ that makes them tick. From a Change Manager forced to leave her home in war-torn Bosnia to build a new life abroad, to a Peruvian Scientist whose own life experiences have made him passionate about bringing healthcare to the world’s poorest countries, each episode focuses on a different employee whose inspirational background has become their professional passion. Find all the episodes here.