Varian Medical Systems June 2020

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DIGITAL REPORT 2020

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Fighting cancer with technology innovation

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Yogeshkumar Ratnakumar, Director of Business Transformation at Varian Medical Systems , on its digital approach to create a world without fear of cancer

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rawing on his 18 years’ experience within the healthcare sector and his Masters in Medical Physics, Yogeshkumar

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and Siemens Healthineers during that time, Ratnakumar believes that navigating these different roles has given him a broad perspective of the happenings within the sector, stating “I have seen the level of interconnectivity, coordination and support required just within the departments at Varian Medical Systems to deliver the satisfying customer experiences that strengthen relationships.” As the Director of Business Transformation at Varian Medical Systems, Ratnakumar describes the company as “very unique. Varian combines the ingenuity of people with the power of data and technology to achieve our fundamental goal ‘to create a world without fear of cancer’, which I believe makes a huge difference compared to other companies.” Over the last four and a half years working at Varian Medical Systems, JUNE 2020


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“ Varian combines the ingenuity of people with the power of data and technology to achieve our fundamental goal ‘to create a world without a fear of cancer’” — Yogeshkumar Ratnakumar, Director of Business Transformation, Varian Medical Systems

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AT VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS “The technological innovation in the field of artificial intelligence (AI)

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Ratnakumar has seen the organisation

and data, has contributed to a lot of

embark on multiple strategic initia-

changes in the healthcare sector in

tives, including its transformation

the past 10 years – I would say – It has

from a radiation oncology organisa-

provided a lot of support to healthcare

tion into a complete cancer care

professionals to make informed deci-

organisation” he explains.

sions and guide them to face greater challenges with greater confidence,” comments Ratnakumar. “We innovate constantly, especially to create intelligent products, AI goes hand in hand with our digitisation and

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07 our investments in IoT for remote

ADOPTING INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

monitoring and servicing of our treat-

Varian Medical Systems wants to

ment delivery platforms.

create an intelligent cancer care

Our fundamental data strategy

system by harnessing innovative

relies on an intelligent ecosystem that

technology such as AI, and machine

continuously improves the level of

learning to convert data into insights.

care clinicians provide patients. This

“We strive to bring people together

intelligence empowers them to make

around a holistic view of each

informed decisions in the fight against

patient, and to enable appropriate

cancer. We have multiple initiatives

multidisciplinary cancer care.

across the organisation all working to

In addition, we have also taken

harness data from a variety of sources

a learning ecosystem approach

that leverage machine learning and

to serve as an information bridge

AI to improve the ability to deliver

between clinics to streamline work-

extremely high quality care globally.”

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In the past five years, Ratnakumar has seen Varian Medical Systems

those actions have on our operations.” Varian Medical Systems has been

successfully transform several of its

an innovative company since its

business functions. As a result, the

founding in 1948, creating intelligent

organisation has a fantastic founda-

products to support its customer’s

tion to evolve as its customers evolve.

fight to cure cancer and reimagine

“At the root of our transformation is

patient treatment.

intense focus on what we do, why we

With this in mind Ratnakumar sees

do it the way we do, and the impact

Varian Medical Systems as a pioneer

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“ The basics of digital transformation are to be agile and adaptive to prototyping” — Yogeshkumar Ratnakumar, Director of Business Transformation, Varian Medical Systems

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1948

Year founded

$3.2bn+ Revenue in US dollars (2019)

10,000 Number of employees

within the healthcare sector in adapting innovative technologies. “Machine learning is a key component of our strategy for facilitating innovation,� says Ratnakumar. In 2014, Varian Medical Systems was the first company to develop machine learning products for radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. In addition, we are also using machine learning across multiple areas to drive predictive and proactive triggers to ensure smooth operations both internally and externally. Moving on to artificial intelligence he continues, “our use of this technology

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is very human centric, In 2019, we have

tasks to better place the focus

launched AI driven Ethos Radiotherapy

of people onto bigger problems.�

system, which is helping clinicians in

A STARTUP MENTALITY, CULTURAL CHANGES AND PARTNERSHIPS

the field today.� Recently We have started RPA internally for repeatable and predictable

When driving its innovation strategy,

E X E C U T I V E P R OF IL E :

Yogeshkumar Ratnakumar Title: Director of Business Transformation Industry: Medical Device

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A result-oriented leader with strong track record in the healthcare business, having navigated through sales, marketing, strategic and integration operational roles over 18 years. Successfully utilising emerging technologies, analytics, trends and data-based decision-making skills to achieve multi-fold growth strategies across various geographies. He is a seasoned integration business architect with a proven track record of execution of strategic plans, redefining, redesigning organisational architecture and implementing best practices across the organisation. Further, he has seasoned people management skills in executing organisational transformation projects, building and developing virtual and cross functional teams and championing internal harmony among partners.

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Ratnakumar explains that Varian Medical

Reflecting on the workforce at

Systems adopts a startup mentality.

Varian Medical Systems, Ratnakumar

“The basics of digital transformation is

believes that the organisation is

to be agile and adaptive to prototyping.

blessed with people that of which

A mentality which is common among

we are proud “We have a strong

startup organisations. So, at Varian we

value system at Varian, we drive indi-

have been driving agility and prototyping

vidual connections to drive cultural

within our operations in order to be adap-

change, which is critical to adopt-

tive to achieve our core mission goals.�

ing new technologies and adapting

Helping the organisation to adopt

processes.

this mindset and drive innovation

When it comes to its Enterprise

is its people excites Ratnakumar.

application partners, Ratnakumar

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“ Our fundamental strategy is to develop an intelligent ecosystem for clinicians to continuously improve the level of care they provide” — Yogeshkumar Ratnakumar, Director of Business Transformation, Varian Medical Systems

providing different perspectives to the industry standards, as well as someone who can provide advice

highlights key components that the

on sustainable investments for solu-

organisation looks for. “The first is

tions and who can work with us to

a co-creation mindset, this is impor-

develop proof of concepts (POCs)

tant for agility and prototyping. A

as well as the final component.

co-creation mindset will coincide

Reflecting on the organisation’s

with this adaptive mindset, products

biggest strengths, Ratnakumar

like Salesforce FSL have helped

doesn’t hesitate to attribute this title

improve field service user experi-

to its people, “our people and our

ence. We also look for partners like

interconnected value system are

Accenture who can support us in

our biggest strengths. Our biggest success is the amount of lives that we have touched over the years and we won’t stop, every day we want to touch ”

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