Surya Gummadi

Surya Gummadi is the Head of Cognizant’s Healthcare practice, which contributes close to 20% of the company's overall revenue. With over 20 years of experience within Cognizant, he has distinguished himself as a passionate and client-centric leader. As part of the executive leadership team, Surya has served in a variety of business development, P&L and client management roles. He has worked on multiple strategic acquisitions for Cognizant, including the $2.7 billion TriZetto acquisition and its commercial integration. Surya has also led the company's go-to-market strategy and the buildout of artificial intelligence/machine learning market offerings for healthcare.

Surya grew up in Hyderabad, India, and graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B). He can be reached at

How to Create a Healthcare Experience that Breaks All Boundaries

Today’s healthcare experience should extend beyond the boundaries of any single organization. Consumers expect to receive care almost anywhere; consult health experts through their smartphones; use their wearables and in-home devices as health sensors; and get help from brokerages to manage their health savings accounts. The effects of COVID-19 have amplified these trends, as more […]

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Delivering a Consumer-Grade Experience in Healthcare

Why would a consumer need to be on hold for 30 minutes in this day and age to get confirmation of a prescription renewal? Because the renewal team has been inundated with annual renewal faxes, says a customer service representative. Faxes? Clearly, the healthcare industry needs to get serious about how it interacts with consumers. […]

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Adding Dental Coverage Doesn’t Have to Be Painful

More health insurance payers are adding dental coverage to their product mix. One report says about 80% of health insurers offer dental plans currently, and of those, almost half cover adult dental services. Particularly in this era of whole-person care, adding dental coverage seems like a natural extension of medical coverage. Teeth and gums can […]

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