The application of technology and data to patient care is one of Hawkins’ professional passions. “My work in healthcare stems from a strong desire to improve patient care, by using new data streams and technologies to improve clinical care, better understand patient behavior, and enhance the patient experience,” he says.
Hawkins laid the groundwork for his career with a PhD in Immunology from Tufts Medical School and a MMSc in Biomedical Informatics from Harvard Medical School. It was at Harvard Medical School that he met his mentor, colleague, and business partner, Dr. John Brownstein.
Their friendship changed Hawkins’ career path. Brownstein, now Chief Innovation Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital and himself a past “40 Under 40” award recipient, is both a respected researcher and serial entrepreneur. Working together made a big difference, Hawkins notes, “Early in my career I was focused on basic research. I found that I much prefer the satisfaction of working with my team on something tangible.”
Brownstein has nothing but praise for Hawkins. He notes, “Jared represents what it truly means to be an inter-disciplinary health tech innovator. How many people out there can run a clinical trial while at the same time spin up a cloud server to host the data for that very trial? He is a true pioneer in data science and population health.”
Hawkins’ diverse skills and interests have led him in many directions. In 2015, he built on Brownstein’s efforts to mine Twitter and other social media platforms for health-related insights, showing that sentiment analytics could help hospitals measure and improve their patient experience metrics.
More recently, Hawkins has collaborated with Brownstein and other colleagues to launch Circulation. The company’s opportunity is intriguing and large: partnering with Uber to help the estimated 3.6 million patients who miss medical appointments every year due to lack of access to transportation. They’re off to an exciting start.
When he is not working, Hawkins enjoys spending time with his wife Erin, and their two young children.
James Gardner, Pamela Bump, Olivia Tardif, Sarah Schroeder and Shreya Iyer all contributed to this year’s 40 Under 40. Learn more about their work in the “About the Authors” section!
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