Women in Science: Renee Rodgers named a top 40 healthcare transformer of 2017
May 15, 2017
Renee Rodgers, Executive Director and Head of Digital Strategy, US Oncology, Novartis
Every year, MM&M recognizes 40 innovators who are transforming the biopharma industry through their work, harnessing the power of technology to reinvent the healthcare space. This year, we’re excited and proud to announce that Novartis’ very own Renee Rodgers has been honored as one of the Top 40 Healthcare Transformers of 2017. Renee and her team are constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to technology, using exciting new methods such as artificial intelligence to change the patient and HCP experience in the digital world, with the ultimate goal of potentially improving a patient’s journey.
Hear more from Renee in this installment of our “Women in Science” series.
What does it mean to you to be recognized as an innovator in this industry?
Renee Rodgers: Being recognized as an innovator in an industry focused on improving patients’ lives is a great honor. Our role at the intersection of healthcare and technology is becoming more important, and this recognition highlights our work.
You were recognized because of your focus on innovation and your work in artificial intelligence (AI) and other forms of technology to improve the digital experience for both the patient and the HCP. Can you speak a little bit about that and what you and your team are doing as leaders in this field?
Renee Rodgers: Data has become the new shiny object for innovation; however, for us data is the “what” and it’s “how” we use data with technology that is important. Our patients’ and customers’ expectations are raised continuously by technology leaders. We live in a world where almost anything is available on demand, and as a result, those same consumers wonder why it can be hard to interact with us. Data helps us give patients the support they need at the moments that may matter along their journey.
How do you plan to improve the patient‘s journey through digital experience and innovation?
Renee Rodgers: So much of what we do is business transformation, bringing together multiple functions to solve business issues that may positively impact these individuals. If a patient must verify their information every year for co-pay assistance, let’s make it simple, let’s make really simple. If transportation is an issue for patients, how can we help?
How do you see technology continuing to shape the world of oncology?
Renee Rodgers: Speed. With technology, we can process more data, which can help us see a patient’s journey more accurately, and rapidly identify bottlenecks in a very complex healthcare system.
What excites you about the future of healthcare and technology and how do you plan on continuing to innovate in this field moving forward?
Renee Rodgers: Ultimately we are working on harnessing the power of data to help make access to healthcare much simpler for patients.
What advice would you give to those looking to establish themselves in the world of technology and healthcare?
Renee Rodgers: Focus on the patients’ needs, bring your innovative ideas, and be prepared to collaborate.