Mary Varghese Presti
Building Healthcare Bridges
Inspired by her early experience as a pediatric nurse and later as a healthcare policy consultant and technology executive, this blog series underscores the importance of being “healthcare obsessed” to achieve a better future for providers and patients alike. While healthcare is complex, our goals for healthcare are quite simple: improve the quality of care, reduce the cost of care, improve patient experience, and improve the clinician experience [Quadruple Aim]. At the intersection of healthcare and technology, there is tremendous opportunity to chart a new path forward for all of us.
In her role leading Nuance’s Dragon Medical franchise, Mary is responsible for overseeing and growing the market leader in cloud-based speech recognition for clinicians. Mary began her career as a pediatric nurse at John Hopkins Hospital. She then moved into consulting, working in healthcare advisory services for KPMG and then management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton. Ten years later, Mary joined Pfizer, where she served in a number of global strategy and innovation roles helping big pharma navigate significant changes in the healthcare landscape, including the broadscale adoption of health IT and health reform. Mary also served as general manager of athenahealth, where she tested and incubated new business lines for the pioneer in cloud-based electronic health records. Mary earned a B.S. in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Health in health policy and management from The Johns Hopkins University. She has also completed executive education coursework in designing and leading innovation at Harvard University.