Expert’s Corner: Healthcare Q&A with Shanti Gidwani

June 23rd, 2014

Expert’s Corner with Shanti Gidwani: #HealthSummit14

 In anticipation of The 14th Annual Healthcare Summit, Reboot is excited to present “Expert’s Corner”, a series of blog posts featuring outstanding healthcare leaders and professionals who will be speaking at the summit later this month. Read on for a glimpse of what #HealthSummit14 is all about…

We had the opportunity to ask Shanti Gidwani a few questions about his views and opinions on pressing healthcare topics leading up to the summit:

Q: In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle facing healthcare leaders/decision makers today?  A: While it certainly wouldn’t be argued that clinical and policy decision makers attempt to primarily work towards improving the health of the citizens they serve, it can be difficult to articulate exactly how to get there. I believe that one of the biggest obstacles is aligning priorities amongst various interest groups in an attempt to get to a common goal. Q: What are your current goals/objectives for shaping the future healthcare? A: My current objective is to help healthcare organizations solve their clinical business problems through technology enablement. Sometimes, technology cannot help solve these problems, but much more often than not technology can help to play a role and can really enable clinical efficiency and improve accessibility for more citizens. It is important to create more partnership-like relationships with companies like Cisco Canada as opposed to the less-effective ‘vendor/customer’ relationship we have seen in the past. With the investments that private companies like Cisco Canada are making in Canada in various sectors (including healthcare), together we can really change how the world works, lives, plays and learns. Q: What are you most looking forward to at #HealthSummit14 in Kelowna, BC? A: Listening to the various speakers, understanding different viewpoints, appreciating the uniqueness of healthcare in Western Canada and the special networking opportunities that occur in this great environment. And of course we cannot forget the boat cruise!

Shanti Gidwani is the National Senior Director of Healthcare at Cisco Canada. Shanti will be making a Keynote Address on “The Internet of Everything and How it Will Transform Healthcare” on Day 1 of the 14th Annual Healthcare Summit. 

This post is part of Reboot Communications’ “Expert’s Corner” series. The 14th Annual Healthcare Summit is happening on June 26-27, 2014, in Kelowna, BC. Find out how you can get involved here