From Gridiron to Gaming: How Stephen Gillett is Revolutionizing Healthcare with a Playbook from Silicon Valley

by jess.house@todosdigital.com

Stephen Gillett, a former executive with a track record at Starbucks and Best Buy, is now leading Verily, Alphabet’s precision healthcare technology company, into new frontiers. Blending his diverse experiences from the football field to the realms of World of Warcraft, Gillett’s journey from a college athlete to a tech visionary encapsulates his unique ability to bridge disparate worlds.

Raised in humble circumstances by a Lebanese immigrant family, Gillett’s career has spanned several high-profile roles, including working under Bill Gates and Howard Schultz, and eventually leading Chronicle, a cybersecurity firm, before it merged into Google Cloud.

At Verily, which expanded its operations to North Texas in 2021, Gillett aims to revolutionize healthcare by utilizing health data to enhance patient outcomes. Verily emerged from Google’s ambitious “moonshot factory,” dedicated to solving significant issues with radical solutions and breakthrough technology. Gillett’s leadership philosophy, deeply influenced by his experiences with renowned corporate leaders and his personal gaming history, emphasizes authenticity, humility, and the value of direct experience.

Gillett’s approach to healthcare seeks to integrate the motivational dynamics of gaming into the industry, proposing that the principles driving frequent coffee shop visits could similarly encourage regular health maintenance behaviors, like medication adherence and doctor visits. By marrying research and care with technology’s incentivizing capabilities, he envisions a healthcare system that not only delivers improved health outcomes but also fosters greater access to treatment and empowers patient advocacy. Through his innovative lens, Gillett is poised to inject a fresh perspective into healthcare, aiming for transformative changes that make health management as engaging as a game.

Original article written by: dmagazine

Stephen Gillett, a former executive with a track record at Starbucks and Best Buy, is now leading Verily, Alphabet’s precision healthcare technology company, into new frontiers. Blending his diverse experiences from the football field to the realms of World of Warcraft, Gillett’s journey from a college athlete to a tech visionary encapsulates his unique ability to bridge disparate worlds.

Raised in humble circumstances by a Lebanese immigrant family, Gillett’s career has spanned several high-profile roles, including working 

under Bill Gates and Howard Schultz, and eventually leading Chronicle, a cybersecurity firm, before it merged into Google Cloud.

At Verily, which expanded its operations to North Texas in 2021, Gillett aims to revolutionize healthcare by utilizing health data to enhance patient outcomes. Verily emerged from Google’s ambitious “moonshot factory,” dedicated to solving significant issues with radical solutions and breakthrough technology. Gillett’s leadership philosophy, deeply influenced by his experiences with renowned corporate leaders and his personal gaming history, emphasizes authenticity, humility, and the value of direct experience.

Gillett’s approach to healthcare seeks to integrate the motivational dynamics of gaming into the industry, proposing that the principles driving frequent coffee shop visits could similarly encourage regular health maintenance behaviors, like medication adherence and doctor visits. By marrying research and care with technology’s incentivizing capabilities, he envisions a healthcare system that not only delivers improved health outcomes but also fosters greater access to treatment and empowers patient advocacy. Through his innovative lens, Gillett is poised to inject a fresh perspective into healthcare, aiming for transformative changes that make health management as engaging as a game.

 

Original article written by: dmagazine

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