“As the US learned to handle surges in COVID-19 cases that overwhelmed hospitals and shut down cities and confronted systemic racism amid protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, healthcare leaders have been navigating a new reality.
The people fueling the most change in 2020 have been not only business leaders and entrepreneurs but also scientists and healthcare workers on the front lines.
For their work, they’ve been named to Business Insider’s list of the 30 leaders under 40 who are working to transform US healthcare.
Lark Health CEO and Co-Founder, Julia Hu
Julia Hu’s own management of a chronic health condition has shaped how she thinks about transforming healthcare. She frequently used the word “compassionate” to describe how she approaches her company, Lark Health, where she’s the CEO.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the US government relaxed its rules on telehealth so that people could have more access to their doctors over the phone and videoconferencing. That helped Lark land contracts to manage more patients.
“I’m optimistic a lot of these policies will be here to stay even after we get a handle on COVID,” Hu said. “I think it’s critical because otherwise the healthcare system is just not headed in the right direction.”