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Purpose, Aim and Robotics: PwC interviews J&J’s Gary Pruden

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For the second year, a member of our senior management team has been interviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLC for its annual Global CEO Survey. The PwC CEO Survey, released in tandem with the World Economic Forum taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland, talks to top industry leaders about their businesses and their predictions for the economic forecast in the year to come. Gary Pruden, Worldwide Chairman of Medical Devices for Johnson & Johnson, provided his leadership perspective on our global medical devices businesses and where he sees the future of the operating room going in 2016 and beyond. (Think robots!)

Watch Gary’s interview in which he discusses:

J&J’s purpose to make a difference in people’s lives

  • It’s still about a firm focus and a purpose centered on our patients. We focus on restoring lives, because that’s what our customers do — they restore patients back to a new normalcy, a new way of life.”

A focus on the “Triple Aim”

  • “The Triple Aim comprises three things: first, improving the quality of care for patients, second, improving the effectiveness, efficiency, delivery of care; and third, lowering cost. For every customer and stakeholder that I’ve talked to around the world, those are the three things that they are concerned about today.”

Training – for innovation and assurance – around the world

  • “In most countries around the world, when I meet with their senior leaders, they don’t really realize, what goes on in terms of training—how many surgeons we train around the world every year. It’s thousands. That’s an area that I take a lot of pride in with my team, because, for us, it’s not just a matter of developing new innovation. We have a responsibility to ensure that it’s delivered appropriately as well and that the surgeons have the right information and the right knowledge.”

The Operating Room (OR) of the future

  • “Right now, if you look at the systems in the OR, they’re all disparate and non‑connected. Everything from visualization to information to scanning to patient monitoring, none of it is connected in any way, shape, or form. They’re all discrete choices of information that different surgeons or staff members will have. That’s going to be connected in the future, in the cloud for the future…being able to hold medical records, patient data, connect information, and we believe with some of the work that we’re doing, particularly in robotics, provide real‑time information at the point of care for our surgeon customers that will allow them to make better, more informed choices using things like the connected environment, machine learning, data informatics, data visualization, which we think will help drive better outcomes for patients around the world.”

Learn more about Gary’s leadership role at J&J by visiting his senior management page.

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