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By Marianne Kelly September 14, 2021

Even before the pandemic, the U.S. health care system was in dire need of an overhaul. But something interesting happened when COVID-19 took hold. It showed us how quickly digital technologies allowed the health care industry to pivot, much to the delight of Dr. Shantanu Nundy, author of “Care After Covid: What the Pandemic Revealed Is Broken in Healthcare and How to Reinvent It.”

“In the past year, the frontlines of care had no choice but to quickly adapt using technologies like telemedicine and new care models like drive-thru and at-home testing. The system changed in a good way. My book is about building on this catalytic moment to further accelerate those changes so more people have access to effective and affordable care,” says Dr. Nundy, a digital health care advocate and Chief Medical Officer at Accolade. “My ultimate goal is to take everything I’ve learned and help fix what’s broken in health care.”

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With a background in engineering, Dr. Nundy is hardwired to solve problems. In a recent interview with Senator Bill Frist, he outlines his framework for improving the health care system by making it more distributed, digitally enabled and decentralized.

“COVID showed us how adaptive the front lines of health care can be,” adds Nundy. “The old notion is that doctors don’t like change. But look what we just did! We can change the front lines.”


“Dr. Nundy represents the best of American medicine — a Hopkins-trained physician and MIT engineer who has spent a career inventing new ways of delivering healthcare and caring for the underserved. In ‘Care After Covid,’ Shantanu translates his experiences into a bold and compelling vision for where healthcare must go that will resonate with providers and C-suite leadership alike.” — Senator Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and heart and lung transplant surgeon

“Dr. Nundy’s book is a must-read for anybody who has tried to understand how we can take a catastrophe such as the pandemic and our lack of a national response and try and emerge as a stronger nation. His insights are practical yet sophisticated because he brings his clinical instincts, his business acumen, and his heart to each page. There will be a number of books that reflect on 2020 and beyond, but ‘Care After COVID’ should be at the top of everyone’s reading list.” — Kavita Patel, MD, MSHS, NBC News contributor, MSNBC columnist, and Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution

“’Care After Covid’ is essential reading for anyone in healthcare who seeks to turn understanding into action. Written with a sense of urgency and grounded in his clinical practice, Dr. Nundy helps us look around the corner at what could be in our post-pandemic reality. His imagination and vision are rooted in a humility that offers fresh perspectives on healthcare delivery.” — Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc, New York City Health Commissioner

“We’re at the start of a new golden era for tech-enabled healthcare, and Shantanu Nundy artfully illustrates the primary forces that are driving the reimagination of our care delivery system from the ground up. Shantanu’s work is a call to arms for both innovators who are building virtual-first care models, as well as incumbents that will need to reinvent themselves to stay relevant in the post-pandemic ‘next normal.’” — Julie Yoo, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

“Out of a public health crisis, a healthcare revolution has been born. Dr. Shantanu Nundy, a brilliant, visionary physician innovator, provides a road map to the future of health in the twenty-first century. This landmark book describes how the Covid-19 pandemic revealed stunning inequities and inefficiencies in the US healthcare system which existed for all too long.” — Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, MD, MPA (ret.), former US Assistant Surgeon General and Clinical Professor at Tufts and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine

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“Shantanu is a remarkable bridge-builder between care now and care for the future. He is the rare and brilliant guide we need to cross successfully at a time of massive change. His book is required reading for all decision-makers in healthcare.” — Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Taking the Lead on Reinventing Health Care was last modified: August 5th, 2022 by Whitney Jennings