Technology companies such as Verily have expertise in organizing data and making it user-friendly, a strength that could aid patients trying to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, said Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, President of Health Platforms at Verily.
Dr. Lee, who was a keynote speaker at the Center for Connected Medicine’s Top of Mind 2019 Summit, said that some of the same technology that allows consumers to organize and identify photos can be applied to helping diabetics track their food choices and learn how different meals affect their blood glucose levels.
“The technology sector really brings, in my view, a broad range of deep expertise that is highly complementary to the rest of the health care landscape,” Dr. Lee said during an interview with the CCM during the Top of Mind 2019 Summit.
What would Vivian Lee fix about health care?
Dr. Lee, one of several high-profile health care executives to join Verily and Google in the past year, also discussed misaligned incentives in health care. Google and Verily are sister companies under Alphabet.
Asked what one thing in health care she would fix, Dr. Lee said there is a great need to align payments in health care with the value that patients receive.
“What I mean by that is what we value is better health outcomes, access for the population, resource efficiency, meaning lower costs, and we need to be rewarding and paying systems and companies and businesses for delivering that,” Dr. Lee said in the interview with the CCM.