Nayan Jain, a recent Presidential Innovation Fellowship graduate, admits that he was skeptical about the opportunity at first; “innovation” and “government” seem contradictory, he says. However, “this was different, we were part of a movement towards leading change, towards improving infrastructure and bringing the culture of civic innovation where it’s needed most.”
Jain’s background is in startups, engineering and Google Glass. Today, he tackles the reinvention of outpatient pediatric practice as technical co-founder of Leo. Overall, Jain believes that working in healthcare is not for the faint of heart. “It’s important to immerse yourself in the current state before attempting to fix it,” he says. “Also, don’t over-engineer the product – keep it simple and patient-focused.”
Jain’s view of the future? Wearable devices, open data and the internet of things. “All eyes are on virtual and augmented reality, and companies are seeing value in opening up their platforms so that developers can build and thrive from their data set,” he says. “Wouldn’t it be nice if your elevator politely asked you to take the stairs or the office vending machine helped you find a low calorie snack?” Sign us up!
Shreya specializes in health communications and is a copywriter for an advertising agency. She was previously at Bayer Healthcare, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
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