031 – Dr. Sivakumar’s prescription for the tedious sign-out process

Prescription for the tedious sign-out process
Prescription for the tedious sign-out process

Imagine if the same amount of research and development that goes into creating the newest iPhone went into fixing electronic medical records. I would definitely be all for that. Although not the entire EMR, my next guest, has made it his passion to create a solution for one of the most critical aspects of patient care in the hospital: the sign-out process. Frustrated that there was more technology in his iPhone compared to the process of handing off vital information about patients, Gautam created Medisas – an electronic version of the sign-out process/sheet that you can access across multiple platforms including your smartphone.

We get to learn about Dr. Sivakumar’s company as well as the spark in 2011 that led him to leave his surgery residency and start programming Medisas in his childhood bedroom. He had the option to either sink or swim, and swim he has – six years later Medisas is now in some of the largest hospitals in the US.

Dr. Sivakumar grew up in London and attended the famous Newcastle University Medical School.

Things to pick up in this episode:

  • The transferrable skills between being a doctor and running a company
  • What’s it like pitching an idea to venture capitalists
  • The fears he had starting the company and contrasting that with regret of not taking his shot
  • What lifehacks he uses to be more productive
  • How he answers #imnotjustadoc

To learn more about Dr. Gautam Sivakumar check out: http://on.inc.com/2wmZkhd

To learn more about Medisas check out: https://www.medisas.com/

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  1. I admire anyone who has the motivation to leave the predictable to pursue something better even though it may be unpredictable. Awesome episode!

  2. This is an excellent piece of work, very useful for doctors and hospitals. I wish this young man every success. Need to be implemented in as many hospitals as possible

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