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Thought Leaders Interviews

Dr Mala Mawkin: Forbes 30 Under 30 Health Tech Speaker, Consultant and Researcher

Talk us through your career path to date: 

I'm a qualified doctor with experience in health tech and consumer health start-ups, now specialising in healthcare transactions and portfolio support. I launched and previously hosted (2020-2022) the Royal Society of Medicine's Digital Health Podcast Series, and worked on projects with Harvard & Boston Children’s Hospital's Digital Health Accelerator, European Space Agency, and Malawi's E-Health unit. For my work within healthcare innovation, I was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, Vogue UK's 10 Rising Female Stars 2018, Women of the Future UK Finalist and was named one of "UK's most influential people in digital and tech". I have collaborated with brands such as Barbie, Nike, and MAKERS to promote Women in STEM and have written for e.g. The Guardian. 

Why healthcare? 

It is truly an exciting time to be investing in and scaling healthcare companies. I love working in the industry as it attracts some of the best talent who are seeking purpose-driven work, and you get to help to solve some of the biggest challenges facing humans. 

What advice would you give to your younger self? 

Healthcare is fast-paced and the pressure to get things right is immense (as lives are at stake!) - so surround yourself with kind, empathetic and motivated leaders who strive for the very best standards in all you do. 

What’s your proudest achievement? 

I feel most proud when I work on projects that push me out my comfort zone and that deliver clear impact - one that comes to mind is when I was at the European Space Agency in Germany, where I was studying glucose tolerance in astronauts. 

What healthcare innovations are you most excited about? 

Ones that make improvements to healthcare workers experience at work - every incremental change is so impactful and can help with our retention of healthcare workers. One of the reasons I love Hexarad is because of the ways it truly improves an experience for doctors who used to dred the organisational chaos involved in radiology (prior to Hexarad). 

In an ideal world with unlimited resources, what one thing would transform healthcare? 

So many things - but I think right now there is a mismatch of resources available and demand. We must do all we can to understand the extent of the gap and then bridge it, without settling for anything short of a "good" healthcare service that serves both staff and patients.

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