“While it is arguably the most advanced healthcare system in the world, it is also expensive and inefficient,” he says. “I’m optimistic that bringing together the fields of medicine, business, and technology can result in innovations that will transform American and global healthcare.”
Kumar is joining an emerging generation of healthcare leaders committed to reducing costs and improving the quality of health care. As a student in the joint-degree, MD/MBA program at Harvard, he’s learning the craft of medicine as well as the principles of business systems and organizational behavior. He plans to use his position as a practicing physician to identify areas for improvement and his understanding of organizations to develop effective solutions.
Through policy, delivery management, and medical devices, Kumar has sought to innovate within clinical systems. Most recently, he is working with students from Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a breath-based diagnostic test for lung cancer, and has co-founded a company called Astraeus Technologies. This year, the team won the Grand Prize in the Business Track at the HBS New Venture Competition, and the 1st Place Prize sponsored by Boston Scientific at the M2D2 100K Challenge.
You can read more about Jay Kumar and Astraeus Technologies here.
Abigail Ballou, Alexandra David, Shreya Iyer and Casey Nugent contributed to this story.
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