While on a volunteer trip in post-earthquake Haiti, he found himself at the only functioning trauma hospital in the region without an EKG device—for this physician, scarcity created opportunity. What followed was the drive to create a device inspired by Star Trek Tricorder.
On this episode of Boldly, Steve Mortimer, Vice-President of Business Development at Joule, is joined by Dr. Sonny Kohli, a practicing physician in internal medicine and critical care. Dr. Kohli shares his journey becoming a physician entrepreneur and the full story behind Cloud DX, the company he co-founded. He also dives into his vision is for the future of health care and how to remove the barriers to get there.
tweetable: I see a day where we’re not so reliant on acute, sporadic, episodic care to be the backbone of the system or infrastructure of health in Canada.
Listen as he explains why physicians today can’t afford to resist technological change―and how to help those resistant colleagues started with embracing technology.
What motivated Dr. Kohli to found Cloud DX?
- Post-earthquake in 2010, he volunteered at the only functioning trauma hospital in the entire region of Haiti at the time.
- He had a patient with chest pain that needed an EKG device, but this hospital didn’t have one.
- This inspired him to create Cloud DX, leveraging the portability and availability of the smartphone and maximizing its full potential for medicine.
tweetable: It’s like having a pen or a pencil in a hospital or a clinic in Canada, and yet this hospital didn’t have one which spoke to how limited our resources were.
What is Dr. Kohli’s vision for the future of health care?
- Patients are no longer reliant on acute, sporadic, episodic care.
- Making the home part of the clinical environment.
tweetable: When you partner all of those devices, and all of those metrics and you empower them with a system that’s intelligent (and can do analytics)―you can start to manage chronic conditions like heart failure, COPD, how to inform people on how to manage their health for weight loss, hypertension....
What would Dr. Kohli say to physicians that are reluctant to embrace technology?
- For those that don’t think the data is accurate―do the hard work to validate it first by a third party and then go through the process of how to market the product.
- Does this take the physician away from the patient? For those that know how to use the technology, it gives them more time with the patient to talk about the real issues.
- As technology advances, we are getting better with security. If you can trust your banking app on your smartphone, you can probably accept your health care information being on your smartphone as well.
- To minimize alarm-fatigue, he encourages users to personalize notifications to what is relevant to them.
tweetable: If you literally had fifteen minutes of your doctor’s time, and you could just talk for fifteen minutes straight and he wasn’t checking your blood pressure or listening to your heart…wouldn’t that be powerful?
For more insight from Dr. Sonny Kohli, follow him on Twitter.
- Star Trek's tricorder inspired creator of future-tech medical device, a Globe and Mail article about Cloud DX.
- The future of health care at home, Dr. Kohli’s TEDXToronto talk.
- The Future Is Now: “Now we have Star Trek’s Medical Tricorder on a smartphone” With Cloud DX CEO Robert Kaul & Fotis Georgiadis, a Thrive Global article by Fotis Georgiadis.
- Cloud DX, the startup warping us into a healthier future, a Microsoft Canada ModernBiz article by Mike Torre.
- How Do You Regulate a Self-Improving Algorithm?, an Atlantic article by Jonathan Kay.
- What's preventing doctors from adopting virtual care technologies?, a MedCity News article by Erin Deitsche.
- Trust is the biggest obstacle to making AI work in healthcare – and we need to tackle it now, a blog post by Dr. Mike David Smith.
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