by Jasmine Batchelor
May 14, 2018
Health Care Innovation Leader and Futurist
For nearly two decades, Vidya has lived and breathed Innovation. As a physician innovator, Vidya excels in establishing and evolving innovation strategy, and in enabling the execution of the strategy with, and through, large multifunctional teams. She has had the privilege to work for large organizations like Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Johnson & Johnson, and United Healthcare, and has routinely leveraged innovation to solve for unmet needs, enable consumer centricity, and align the healthcare ecosystem to create compelling value. Vidya is skilled at taking a strategic view of enterprise assets, and identifying adjacent possibilities in order to enable real and practical innovation. Her work has spanned domains like digital health, precision health, behavior modification, provider collaboration, social determinants etc.
Vidya is considered a strong collaborator, relationship builder, and negotiator by her colleagues and partners. Throughout her career, Vidya has met, mentored, and partnered with startups, as well as established meaningful strategic partnerships with large organizations. She currently works closely with healthcare accelerators and incubators, and advises startups on product strategy, market strategy, pilot strategy, strategic partnerships, and business models. She also works with health systems and other organizations in their innovation journey, and helps them create models, programs, solutions, and partnerships that align with their business strategy and priorities.
Vidya is a sought-after speaker on all things innovation, digital health, human-centered design, consumer-centric health solutions, and strategic partnerships. She has spoken at the CES, Cleveland Innovation Summit, Unleashing Innovation Summit, and HBA, to name a few. Vidya was recognized as a ‘Woman Worth Watching’ in 2016, and as a Top 40 Healthcare Transformer in 2017. She is also the recipient of the Tech Innovator Award in 2016. Vidya is a strong believer in women’s leadership and frequently holds round tables on the topic, in addition to serving as a mentor to early and mid-career women professionals.
Vidya holds a bachelors in Medicine and bachelors in Science (MBBS) degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, and a masters in Health Administration (MHA) degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and children.