Dr. Nikesh R. Shah | Pred Health


Pred Health Co-Founder Dr. Nikesh R. Shah is championing healthcare’s big shift towards better access, cost and quality.


Dr. Nikesh R. Shah is a Digital Transformation Leader and serves as the Co-Founder and CEO at Pred Health. He is a physician by training and brings broad leadership, strategy, technology and operations expertise built on a foundation of healthcare consulting, start-up experience, management education and clinical training. Dr. Shah has a stellar academic background, with an MBBS from Mumbai University and a Masters in Health Administration from Cornell University. 


We initiate the engagement by traveling into the core of the personality. What is the one big idea, concept or philosophy that defines Dr. Nikesh R. Shah and his approach to life and success? The idea champion shares…
“The primary philosophy that has defined my approach to life is caring for people and making a positive difference in their lives in whatever way you can. As the adage goes “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you make them feel". Along with caring for people, humility is a must and I believe you need to separate the power/title from who you are as a person which can help you be grounded."


We dive into details. How or why did his journey evolve? Was there any person or life-altering experience that moulded or catalyzed it? Dr. Nikesh R. Shah shares…
“The philosophy of caring for people and humility has defined my leadership style over the years and given I have been in the services business that is largely people based, it has helped me be more effective as a leader and given me a great deal of satisfaction. I don’t recollect a specific life-altering experience or turning point however I will say that I have had wonderful mentors over the years that have reinforced my philosophy and to whom, I am immensely grateful."


Leaders are forever brewing targets in their mind. So what is the next big milestone for Dr. Nikesh R. Shah? What’s the grand next step? The man who leads with both his heart and his intellect divulges candidly…
The one big goal or challenge I am passionate about solving is to improve the overall healthcare delivery in India. Be it access, cost, quality or experience, we need to do far better as a country and while we have all the resources, the incentives are not fully aligned as a system to make the shift we need. We need to build an ecosystem that provides the infrastructure and impetus for a sustainable change. This is a multi-decade problem to solve but my goal is to move the needle as much as possible and leave a legacy for others to build upon. 


We wish Dr. Nikesh R. Shah the best in his chosen odyssey, and begin to conclude the edifying and inspiring interaction by seeking his views on Voice of Healthcare. How, for instance, can tribute profiles such as Idea Leaders add direction, inspiration and positive energy to the healthcare community? The endearing and enduring personality signs off gracefully…

“VOH is a great platform that brings together everyone associated with healthcare to both express themselves and build collective momentum for change. Everyone’s journey is unique and there is a lot to gain from each other’s perspectives. The concept of Idea Leaders allows this to manifest in an inspiring and learning manner. The Idea Leaders themselves can benefit from each other given we’re still a highly fragmented system and no one individual or organization is capable of driving the change we need so collaboration and partnerships will be key.”

*This story has been published by the VOH team.*

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