food for thought.... · India · Professional

The future is in our hands, Healthcare future is in our hands

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A bright new future is here to stay, whether we see it or fear it, it will come!

Technology has disrupted our lives already in the communication sector; how we relate to each other has changed a lot and will continue changing. The next step will be either Health or Education. For us to accelerate these changes and be able to enjoy as soon as possible the good impact they will bring us, a clear purpose and the goodness in people to serve society will have to be the main motivation!

The disruption on human relations: Family’s like mine, of expats, are much closer now than they were before. When I left Brasil in 1999, cell phones did not have video calls (you do not have to be THAT old for having lived it!). I recall waiting to talk to my mother the weekends and controlling the time, as the calls were super expensive from Hungary to Brazil. Slightly before my mother passed away, in 2006, we have discovered a new “tool” that allowed us to talk “with” the computer seeing the faces of each other and for free – it was called Skype! Right now, I am able to talk to my siblings, families and friends seeing their faces whatever time I can – for people of my generation, we thought this would only be the Jetsons!!! We are indeed living what before was only in our dreams. We have right now in “one piece of device”, all our preferred music, our whole family and friends, news, notes, mails just in a “simple thing” that we can carry in our pocket! …information, connection, safety, entertainment, etc… in our hands 24/7! Some people see the negative aspects of the cell phones, I choose to see the positive!

Where the next disruption will be? In my view it will be in the HealthCare sector, mainly because in the education we are already seeing examples of disruption, but this have been more silently and have been a big impact generation after generation already. The hope I see in education is, that, in the future, it will not be based on supporting one individual to be successful or to succeed in one organisation. The old ways of maximizing GDP’s of countries, Profits of Businesses, learning how to lead winning competition, influencing and convincing people to do what they might not be willing to do, is long gone. The future of leadership education will start from childhood, but to lead society to pursue a common goal – humanity well being, harmony and fight together the biggest challenges we face today! Universities as the Singularity University (https://su.org/) will take over, and the goodness and care for society and humanity will prevail. The next generations will not look for schools, Universities, where you learn how to compete and win the “wild human race”, but they search places where they learn how to cooperate and in collaboration make a better “harmonic human existence”.  You can see it just by screening the first page of the SU website:

“Preparing Global Leaders & Organizations for the Future

Explore the opportunities and implications of exponential technologies and connect to a global ecosystem that is shaping the future and solving the world’s most urgent problems.”

Why I believe HC will be the next big step of humanity evolution through technology disruption? Because Medical Science had developed super quickly, solutions that are being studied today can truly prolong life and there are researches going much beyond, but still our societies and countries are not ready. Technology has advanced hugely and right now all different stakeholders in the Healthcare sector are trying to find different solutions to be more effective and to be more productive, and to give the best service to THEIR patients. Where this will take us?

This is the biggest question and the answer is another “WHY fundamental question”: “WHY WOULD WE, STAKEHOLDERS OF HEALTHCARE SECTOR INTRODUCE TECHNOLOGY IN OUR AREA?” Here comes the most important break for reflection. The right answer should always be:

“BECAUSE OUR PURPOSE AND FOCUS IS THE CITIZEN WELL-BEING”.

If we all truly think on the patients when bringing technology to our areas; hospitals, labs, researchers, government, then we will align ourselves in order to have the right technology to measure the clinical outcomes of the patients and track the whole patient journey, not only in that given moment, but also historical data. If Public and Private sector are aligned and “speaking” to each other, the data produced throughout the patient journey will help policies to be built which really help to optimize the Healthcare system and bring the best outcome to the patients. When procurement can be made according to the right added value to certain step of the journey, optimization of the whole chain can be achieved and the transparency can be the mother of the right decisions! This will provide the right platform for the collaboration among stakeholders, and by the end the citizens will be benefited. All decisions in the Health sector will be wiser….

How far are we from this??? My truly and deepest belief is that we are not far, and I believe that India can lead this journey. One of the biggest challenges that countries and systems encounter is the metadata to identify the citizens throughout the chain and the willingness and capability of the system to implement technology. India has both… India is the only country which has the Aadhar, which is, not only one identification covering 98% of the population, but also a biometric one!!! (Dream of any country which would plan to implement new Informatics system to track health value). India has also one of the highest acceptance of technology, innovation and the stakeholders are willing to implement technology in their “houses” to optimize services….

And…. On the top of this, in February 2018 the government has announced the biggest National Health program in the world, and among other ideas, they are willing to utilize this scheme to implement a National Health Stack that might have the potential to align all actual technology in the country, state wise or central wise. Both Public and Private sector can benefit!

Can you imagine if, in some years, India is able to have a health system which is bumped by technology and the whole Healthcare system, public and private, is summed up in one technological system which can track, not only the costs, the interventions, the steps of the patients, but also the clinical outcome of the citizens? …and the AI, Machine learning can help different stakeholders to compare outcomes for patients vs their journey in the health system? Then policies can be built based on the best value for patients, meaning the best outcome with the holistic more sustainable cost…

I believe we can do this if we align stakeholders from the public and private sector and start segment by segment! I add here a report which is showing already first results of a pilot done by WEF and Atlanta government! Enjoy it and I hope that this brings you the same beautiful picture it brought me – an Indian healthcare evolution bumped by technology and collaboration among stakeholders, private and public sector, which allows more access to health care and ultimately a Universal Healthcare which benefits all Indian citizens with high standards of care!

Click to access WEF_Insight_Report_Value_Healthcare_Laying_Foundation.pdf

I work for Roche. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my organisation.”

Existence · India

India – first month_infinite possibilities

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The first month had gone like one second, and the soul feels like it has been one year, so familiar, so warm…

India has this mix, where one can live opposites in the same moment, where the impossible is possible, where there is no one life, but many in one, where the dark is not something itself, but the absence of light, where the bad is not one whole something, but the absence of good, but all is there, and you choose what you want, but the true – there is too much light, too much good, too much everything…

No expectation could have been so beautifully met, taking all senses in consideration.

It is amazing how India has this power of having so beautiful people with so infinite possibilities and so much humility, eyes looking and trying to figure out what is out there to learn, waiting for the possibility to connect with something inside that always exists, something bigger, something beautiful.

India is like an ocean of infinite possibilities which can be seen if you turn on the right light at the right moment, and when the light is turned off, still the infinite possibilities are there, just waiting for the right person to arrive at the right place on the right moment. …or the right connection among right people to happen so the right flow of energy is released and magic happens, the light is turned on and this channel to this ocean of infinite possibilites is opened!

I am blessed that I could experience already once the huge energy of this moment happening, I have been honored with the possibility of being on the right moment at the right place, of arriving now in Mumbai, with this team…. …and on several moments, I felt this bliss happening, seeing different people’s soul smiling because there was something bigger happening, something like an union of the present moment with the emerging beautiful future moment raising right in front of us, which we have been able to capture because our connection was there, the souls opened and united to make a difference.

We are all human beings and we are all not perfect, at the same time, we all have something very special, something different, something which can be complemented by each other. The magic happens when we discover that we have to let it go of ourselves and we have to find this something special inside others, and when each one finds the something special in each other and thank the other, honor the special Being in the other, there is a completeness that emerges, because we are one, and this one is the perfection!

… and this is only the beginning, somehow it scares a little as the bar is set so high with this first experience, that I feel like indeed there is an ocean of infinite possibilities inside each one of us, together being very very big, and opening it brings also a huge responsibility, as many can benefit from it, who today would not have the chance… For this I am very grateful to be where I am and that whatever we do, can indeed have an impact, the one I was waiting for, the one I was asking to be able to connect to since long ago…

The only thing that I can promise to myself is to be loyal to my own purpose and my family’s, to make a difference in any country we are blessed to have the opportunity to live, and to try our best to make the lives of the ones close to us, brighter and with more sense of purpose to make this world each day a better place for ourselves!

I am really glad for having been in Venezuela the last 5 years, PHD on really living for a purpose, independently of the challenge you face, sticking to what is more noble and having to remember each second what is a greater good, I had wonderful masters, hundreds of gurus within my team and around the country – I am ready to embark in a journey where my PHD can be used to the further fulfill my purpose!!

Someone from Venezuela told me a phrase while congratulating me for the appointment in India “There is no casualties, only causalities!!!” could not agree more….

(Thanks Shilpika and Sonal for the beautiful picture!)