Google picks Indian American Bakul Patel to head Digital Health Strategy

New York: Bakul Patel, a former Indian American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) leader will join forces with technology behemoth Google as its new senior director of global digital health strategy and regulatory. 

Having spent more than a decade at the FDA, Patel was most recently the chief digital health officer of global strategy and innovation at the regulatory agency. 

“As a ‘technology person’ first, (before becoming a policy wonk @FDA), working on leading-edge solutions has been a key focus throughout my career,” Patel wrote in a post on LinkedIn. 

He plans to tap into this tech-first mindset to guide his efforts at Google in order to build unified digital health and regulatory strategy. 

Indian American CEO Sundar Pichai has himself pushed Google deeper into health and healthcare–from mining big data for algorithms to creating disease-detecting tools to building wearables that give extensive health features. 

“Throughout my tenure at FDA, my biggest northstar has been to make digital healthcare accessible and equitable for all,” Patel, wrote in a post on LinkedIn.

Prior to working with the FDA, Patel held leadership roles in the telecommunications industry, wireless sector, information technology industry, and semiconductor capital equipment industry. 

Patel has earned an MS in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Regina, Canada, and an MBA in International Business from the Johns Hopkins University. 

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