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Around The Health Tech World: Health tech advocate, Gil Bashe

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Gil Bashe

Gil Bashe is a health advocate connecting the dots to transform biopharma, digital health and healthcare innovation.

He is Managing Partner, Chair Global Health and Purpose at international communications agency FINN Partners, a MM&M Top 50 Health Influencer and Top 10 Innovation Catalyst. Gil is Medika Life editor-in-chief and hosts the HealthcareNOW Radio show Healthunabashed.

He is privileged to write for Health Tech World and is an editor for the BeingWell team on Medium.

1) What is your morning routine?

It begins with mindfulness! I dedicate each morning to spiritual connection to remind myself that I am part of a greater, global community and that my decisions, actions and ideas impact other people’s lives and well-being.

I add something special – a series of meditations that speak to my gratitude for entering the day anew – new possibilities, challenges and opportunities to help others.

2) Which technology could you not live without?

When the cell phone was available, I purchased the Radio Shack version that looked more like an army walkie-talkie than today’s smartphone.

I evolved to the Apple Newton, Palm Pilot and then Blackberry.  There have been Nokia’s and Motorola’s in my past; however, I remain a big Apple fan.  So long as I have my Apple smartphone, I am connected to people, places and information that can lead to countless possibilities.

3) How do you relax?

Everything I do is about “relaxing.”  I love my work – it’s part of my life mission to help people seeking healing find answers and solutions that can make their lives happier and healthier.

Living in the lane of my purpose is relaxing. I don’t have an “on” or “off” life switch.  I expect to see a book on my hands when I do kick-back.

4) Which quote resonates with you?

Rabbi Tarfon said: “It is not your duty to finish the work, but neither are you at liberty to neglect it.” From the ancient text Pirkei Avot section 2. It’s a call to action not to be idle while others suffer.

5) What is the best thing about your job?

The role enables me to unite with others interested in helping others live longer, healthier lives. Health is a pathway to prosperity and possibility.  When people are ill, it leads to despair, poverty and death.  It’s a privilege to help others live a life of possibility.

6) If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes, whose would they be and why?

My shoes fit pretty comfortably.  I think I’ll stick with my life and woes.

However, many inspire, and I’d like to be in the room with them to see how they responded to the challenge – history demonstrates how they fared.  I’m more interested in how they made their decisions drawing upon information and knowing the outcome would be their legacy.

7) What is the one thing that we are not talking about?

It’s not about me – it’s about us.  What keeps me up is not the state of innovation and technology; instead, it’s an invitation to improve the human condition.  We need to talk much more about collaboration around the world’s pressing problems – unanswered illnesses, hunger and climate change.

8) Would you rather travel 100 years forward or back in time?

One hundred years ago, my family was murdered in what is now Ukraine.  My grandmother and two much younger siblings were the only survivors from their large family.

Thinking about 100 years ago and today, sadly, not much has changed.  People still see their neighbors not as fellow world citizens but as the “others.” Imagine the bloodshed and pain and the lost ideas and sacrificing our humanity from 100 hundred years ago or the state of the world.

But, I’m inspired and optimistic.  I’ll take a peek into the future.  There will come a time when citizens of the planet will “wise up” and realize that the challenges we face can only be overcome in collaboration.

9) What advice would you give to an 18-year-old you (and would you have listened to you!)?

You’re smarter than you think – stay the course. No one knows the future.  Their advice is filtered through their anxieties and fears.  Glad I listened to my own conscious and inner voice.

10) What is your biggest regret?

Not exercising more and spending more quiet time with family and friends.  The work we do is from a place of passion. People are suffering, and we are healers. Communication is part of the care!

At the same time, we must nurture those who nurture us.  I wish I had discovered the secret to balance.

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