Vivian Lee, MD, has spent her career working on ways to fix the US healthcare system.
When Lee served as the CEO at University of Utah Health, her methods for improving care and cutting costs were picked up by institutions including Harvard and the Mayo Clinic.
Now as president of health platforms at Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences arm, she works closely with engineers to build products like Onduo, which helps people manage type 2 diabetes.
Lately, she’s been drawing on her experience as an employer, doctor, and health administrator to lead two of Verily’s most critical responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
Those are Pathfinder, an automated tool for hospitals that gives patients coronavirus information, and Healthy at Work, a back-to-work program for employers and universities.
Lee published a book in May, “The Long Fix,” in which she explains that there’s no shortage of good ideas to change the broken US healthcare system.
Instead, what’s needed is the ability to spread those good ideas around the country and actually change people’s behaviors, she says, which is largely why Lee joined Verily in the first place.
“If Covid has done anything, it's really, really emphasized the absolute, essential urgency that we get on to improving our healthcare system and our public health system,” Lee says.