ZS PRIZE Jury member Aarti Shah on the need for more women leaders in healthcare
ZS PRIZE jury member Aarti Shah, former Senior VP, Chief Information & Digital Officer, Eli Lilly and Co, believes the existing challenges in the Indian healthcare industry also present opportunities to transform the state of healthcare in the country.Speakng with Miloni Bhatt, Editor – Digital Broadcast, EconomicTimes.com, Shah also highlighted the need for more women leaders in healthcare, noting the lack of enough women role models in leadership roles in the healthcare sector. While the majority of nurses and the care-giving staff are women, there’s not enough women representation in policy making or decision-making roles, said Shah.ZS PRIZE is a healthcare tech challenge designed by global management consulting and tech firm ZS to recognise and celebrate tech-enabled healthcare innovations solving for India.
“Technology, data and advanced analytics – it’s the intersection of all three where we need to unleash the potential for healthcare innovation… whether it’s in terms of patient outcomes and telemedicine, reaching the most remote patient, making healthcare more patient centric, and of course, increasing efficiencies,” said Shah, who currently sits on the boards of NVIDIA and Northwestern Mutual and is among the seven-member august jury panel at the second edition of ZS PRIZE.
ZS PRIZE is a healthcare tech challenge designed by global management consulting and tech firm ZS to recognise and celebrate tech-enabled healthcare innovations solving for India. ZS PRIZE award invites startups, working professionals, and students to submit their ideas for innovative solutions in healthcare using data, analytics, and advanced technology with the aim of advancing the creation of smart health solutions that are accessible and affordable for all.
Speaking about the ZS PRIZE healthcare tech challenge, Shah – who has nearly three decades of experience working in pharmaceutical industry – listed the three things that attracted her to be a part of the initiative as a ZS PRIZE jury member: 1) its focus on improving patient outcomes, 2) providing a platform to bring the healthcare ecosystem of startups, working professionals, students, entrepreneurs, and academia together, and 3) the learning and mentoring opportunity as well as the funding provided to participants to enable the right growth.
As part of her advice to the participants of ZS PRIZE healthcare tech challenge, Shah said, “Keep the patient as the Northstar. You are doing this for a superb purpose. Working in healthcare is not for the faint of heart. You need to have the courage, perseverance and the will to make a bigger impact in society and to mankind.”
The top eight teams who are selected after completion of multiple phases will present their healthcare innovations to the ZS PRIZE jury that boasts of some of the biggest names from healthcare and tech industries and stand a chance of sharing the Rs. 1.5 crore prize money and participating in an in-depth mentoring program by healthcare industry experts.
(With inputs from health)