Why I chose to be in Health Tech.

Anu Ramakrishnan
5 min readSep 10, 2020
Source: https://www.hivehealth.com/

I’ve talked quite a bit about my career story and my journey into product management over the past couple years. However, I’ve never quite shared the why behind making the constant choice to stay in a challenging, slow but unceasingly inspiring field of health tech. A lot of what I share here are my personal opinions — things I’ve learned over the years from experience, engagements with patients and providers, active and passive.

Living in the heart of “tech” as we all know it in the Silicon Valley, it’s always been an interesting experience talking about what I do. Throwing it back to my first job at a medical devices company (which was also a startup at the time), it was a strange experience explaining what the company does, followed by what I did at the company to my friends and former classmates — most of whom worked at big tech (or “FAANG” as it’s commonly known) or other widely known consumer tech companies. I would be met with responses ranging from “oh that sounds cool” to “hmm (I thought she graduated from an ivy league university — what brought her here?!)”. The latter was mostly from my not-so-well-meaning Desi acquaintances. More importantly, when I transitioned to a product role at the startup (which by then had gone public) working on consumer facing products like mobile apps & portals, it was all the more confusing, internally, to determine if I should continue down this path of working in digital health given some of its challenges or chase the more traditional well-known B2C product management path at some of the companies that pioneered it. I think I’ve talked through some of the challenging aspects of health tech in other talks & articles, so instead, I’m going to focus this one on what’s great about it and what keeps me here.

Patient Success Stories

This has to be the biggest motivator that there is to being in health tech. Yes, we all know technology (when done right & ethically) has the power to change lives. But how about actually save them? From a medical device that helped a seemingly healthy patient detect the presence of an asymptomatic arrhythmia and saving him from stroke, to a smartwatch that saved a patient from a second heart attack by motivating him to exercise everyday, technologies in healthcare directly impact lives. And it’s a million times more rewarding when you…

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Anu Ramakrishnan

Head of Product @ Early stage Neuroscience venture | Ex @Roche @Samsung l Alumnus @UW @Dartmouth | EB1A Green Card Recipient & Coach @ bit.ly/anu-eb1a