What drew an experienced Registered Nurse to work at Cisco?

I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Shanti Gidwani, and I am a Registered Nurse.

I’ve had amazing experiences in my career, working with patients as young as three days old, new mothers, teenagers, young adults, geriatric patients and even patients suffering from HIV/AIDS. I’ve worked in Canada, Nepal, Africa and Europe in various healthcare capacities. I can tell you that these experiences have given me a lot of insight into the healthcare problems we face today.

So why is a Registered Nurse working at a company known for networking technology? It’s simple. Cisco is helping change the future of healthcare.

One factor that may contribute to Cisco’s dedication to healthcare stems from the fact that our CEO’s parents were both physicians – something he and I have in common. Indeed, there is something about that kind of dinner conversation that really sticks with you. I tend to think that it’s also because health affects each and every one of us – no matter who you are, or what you do. High blood pressure, heart disease, a broken bone, cancer or even HIV do not discriminate between us.

For a long time now I have felt the frustration of a healthcare system not able to do enough. Accessibility, sustainability, quality of care, wait times, insufficient health promotion and prevention programs are some of the many problems that keep me up at night, and I know I am not alone. I am certain that every healthcare administrator and politician in the healthcare space across Canada feels the same way.

So why did I choose Cisco? Because I believe that many of the issues we are facing in healthcare today can be improved by technology. Telehealth, intelligent information systems, comprehensive and accessible electronic health records, collaboration tools and more – all of this technology that Cisco knows so well can help to change the way we deliver healthcare.

So let me re-introduce myself. My name is Shanti Gidwani, and I am a Registered Nurse. I’m also the National Senior Director of Healthcare Solutions for Cisco Canada.

I look forward to sharing more about healthcare and technology in subsequent posts, and encourage you to voice your thoughts. Do you think technology can help improve our healthcare system? Please leave a comment below

About Shanti Gidwani

Shanti Gidwani is the National Senior Director of Healthcare at Cisco Canada, responsible for the transformation of how healthcare is delivered across Canada and improving patient outcomes and experiences through technology. Prior to joining Cisco in 2012, she was a healthcare consultant for the World Health Organization (European Region and International) before beginning her own healthcare consulting company in Canada. Shanti began her career as a Registered Nurse and has worked in maternal/child, reproductive health, STI management, medical/surgical, and HIV/AIDS clinical areas. She holds honours bachelor of science degrees in human biology and zoology from the University of Toronto, a bachelor of science in nursing from Thompson Rivers University, and master of health administration and master of science in nursing degrees from the University of British Columbia. Shanti also has CHE status with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and holds a nursing license with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. Feel free to follow Shanti on Twitter at @ShantiGidwani. Shanti Gidwani est la directrice nationale principale des soins de santé chez Cisco Canada et responsable de la transformation des modes de prestation de soins de santé pour tout le Canada et de l’amélioration de l’état de santé des patients et des expériences par l’entremise des technologies.
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