Sure, the latest initiatives from the Teslas, Apples and Googles of the industry tend to dominate the tech news space — and with good reason. Still, the tech titans aren’t the only ones bringing innovation to the sector.
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After years of hurdling over obstacles in the healthcare system, Dr. Rahman Mohammed, a Dallas-based emergency medicine physician, launched his own company that helps doctors manage the business side of their practice while also improving the patient experience.
“For many years in healthcare, solutions were imposed on users which were actually not solving the day-to-day challenges for providers, but in fact making them worse,” Mohammed told Built In via email. “Physicians, as healthcare experts, can come up with better solutions that will actually alleviate their concerns.”
Mohammed’s startup, called VivoDoc, is a telemedicine platform that allows physicians to focus on patient care by providing the doctors with technological tools to manage the business end of their practice.
Mohammed said VivoDoc can help doctors generate inbound leads, automate appointment and billing management systems and provide secure electronic health records. It also provides a telemedicine platform for patients who prefer virtual appointments.
“Having multiple vendors solve these problems in a very unsynchronized fashion is making day-to-day work-life tough and expensive for practice owners, leading to burnout and target for acquisition by bigger healthcare systems.”
Patients, meanwhile, can use VivoDoc’s mobile app to enter their symptoms and, through an AI-enabled “self-triage” function, are guided to the right course of action. They are then routed to an appropriate specialist, with whom they can schedule either a virtual or in-person appointment using the app’s scheduling calendar.
VivoDoc currently has 13 employees and has raised a pre-seed round of $700,000 from accredited physicians and healthcare investors. The company is in the process of onboarding 24 individual physicians and 104 practices, Mohammed said.
VivoDoc has formed partnerships with Epic, the largest electronic health records company by market share, as well as athenahealth, a developer of point-of-care mobile applications, medical practice management software and electronic health records software.
Mohammed said he saw the need for a more comprehensive platform after years of working with other tech platforms that only offer “bits and pieces of solutions.”
“Having multiple vendors solve these problems in a very unsynchronized fashion is making day-to-day work-life tough and expensive for practice owners, leading to burnout and target for acquisition by bigger healthcare systems,” he said. “Patient care and patient satisfaction are compromised as patients get lost in the sea of healthcare systems, and the joy of practicing medicine is getting lost in an attempt to follow the commands of the healthcare system.”