“Episode 90: Staying in Touch Outside the Office Visit with Dr. Soheil Saadat, Ph.D. from GenieMD and Friendly”
by Stacey Richter

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Dr. Soheil SaadatDr. Soheil Saadat, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GenieMD, is responsible for charting the company’s global course. He founded GenieMD in 2012 with more than 25 years of technology and executive management experience. In 2005 he founded Prodiance Corporation a global leader in enterprise Risk Management Solutions. Prodiance was acquired by Microsoft Corporation in 2011. Prior to Prodiance he founded Scientific Software, Inc., (SSI). Under his direction, SSI became a world leader in the chromatography and scientific data management markets, with its products deployed in the top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. SSI was acquired by Agilent Technologies (NASDAQ:A) in 2005. Prior to Scientific Software he held the position of Director of Software at Tencor Instruments (NASDAQ:KLAC).

He is passionate about using technology to solve real life problems. He enjoys mentoring young entrepreneurs and has been an active investor and serves on the Board of a number of software startups in Silicon Valley. His philanthropic focus is providing opportunities for the youth to achieve their fullest potential through educational assistance. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

00:00 Soheil discusses overworked Primary Care Physcians.
03:36 “One in three patients find it difficult to see their PCP.”
04:30 “How do you make the PCP more efficient?”
06:40 Friendly gets patients to report their own conditions before the PCP wastes time assessing these conditions in the clinic visit.
09:00 The automated questions that Friendly uses to make PCP visits more efficient.
12:15 What Friendly is, does, and entails.
14:20 Patient engagement.
15:50 “We are just trying to facilitate this high-touch connection between the doctor and the patient.”
17:20 The staffing that a high-touch solution requires.
18:15 Reimbursement for telemedicine.
20:15 Friendly’s “Watson,” a program that will answer patients’ questions about health concerns.
23:00 How Watson can help reduce the number of errors in primary care.
26:50 “Computers can be intelligent, but never wise.”
27:00 You can find out more at Friendlycares.com or GenieMD.com.

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