Outliers 39: Devi Shetty on why he’s obsessed with affordable healthcare

Pankaj Mishra November 10, 2017 1 min

Dr Devi Shetty of Narayana Health is more a pioneer and a disrupter than an Outlier. Shetty, who is widely credited with disrupting India’s healthcare scene with affordable surgeries, is shaping the future of healthcare in the country, too.

And while he’s doing all that, he is relentlessly exploring new technologies from 3D printing to artificial intelligence and intelligent software algorithms for delivering more efficient and intelligent healthcare services. At the core of his hospital business is an assembly line approach he has adopted across his hospitals,

“In 5-10 years from now, it will become legally mandatory for doctors to get approvals from a software program before they even start a treatment,” he tells me.

Few days before I sat down with him for this podcast he made this statement in an interview with The Hindu, underscoring his bold vision for the future of healthcare and the professionals of tomorrow.

“Kids who are really good at playing video games will become the best surgeons.”


This episode of Outliers podcast lasts only around 13 minutes, unlike the past ones that are over 40 minutes and so on. Much like an espresso shot – short, intense and sharp.

Happy listening.

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