In this episode we’re talking about data. We dive into two key aspects of data access. One aspect is about what happens to our health data when we die. Millions of people die each year and the information stored in their lost to their families and future generations.
The other aspect we cover in this episode relates to the popular topic of interoperability – the problem everyone loves to hate! For decades, this has been the subject of countless conferences and meetings and even congressional hearings. We reluctantly accept the fact that our medical records are distributed across various systems and providers, but that poses a real problem both to people who are accessing care, and the people and organizations providing it. It’s not just that it’s inconvenient, it can actually undermine accurate diagnosis and treatment, and negatively impact outcomes.
Seqster is a company that is helping people, and their families, integrate, access, manage, and own all of their available health data in a private and secure system. Seqster is making an impact on the industry, and even being compared to Apple with it’s ambitious goals and relentless execution.
Ardy Arianpour is the CEO & Co-Founder of Seqster, which promotes itself as the first consumer driven healthcare data management platform that enables individuals to aggregate their EHR, genomics and fitness data in one place and share with their family creating a multi-generational health record.
I met Ardy at HIMSS in Las Vegas earlier this year, and I invited him to come on the show and explain how they’ve built this system. He explains how their systems can be accessed by organizations and individuals, and the capabilities and partnerships that are enabling powerful solutions.
- What got him interested in working on the problem of interoperability of healthcare records
- The loss of his grandmother, the importance of medical records are and what happens to them after someone dies
- How Seqster provides access to and integrate health records across disparate systems
- How Seqster and their partners, bring this solution to market and how individuals and organization can gain access
- What are the plans going forward and some of the improvements you’ll they’ll be making
- How and why Seqster created Health Trusts
Lightning Round Answers
1- What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?
“We are here to put a dent in healthcare, otherwise why even do anything within health.”
2- What advice do you have for others working to innovate in healthcare?
Don’t take the traditional route, come up with your own route. Keep digging.
3- What book do you recommend to our listeners?
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
4- What is a piece of technology that you recommend to our listeners?
Text messaging or Group text
5- If I gave you a check for $5 million for you to invest in health technology today, how would you invest it?
If we hadn’t already created it, I would invest it to create Seqster!
6- We make a contribution to a charity in appreciation of your time on the show – what charity have you selected and can you tell us a little about what they do?
Alzheimer’s Association of United States
ABOUT THE HOST
As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.
On Digital Health Today, I leverage my experiences to help great leaders and innovators tell their stories and connect to users, investors and other stakeholders.