In this episode, we are joined by Neel Mehta, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at EpiFinder, a local MedTech company that has created a software application to help doctors more accurately identify epilepsy in patients.
Inspired by Education
AS told in the podcast episode, Neel was a graduate student at ASU studying biomedical infomatics and was seeing many of his colleagues takin high-paying jobs with Amazon, Paypal, etc. and they weren’t going back to serve in the field in which they studied.
“There was a huge disconnect,” says Neel. “The faculty and school are putting together so many resources to educate students about the health care ecosystem. A part of being educated in this world is giving back. We should be in the same field as we received our education.”
Changing the Way Epilepsy is Diagnosed
Neel shares why early identification of epilepsy is extremely important, with 40% of epileptic patients in the U.S. being misdiagnosed each year, costing approximately ng $15.5B annually.
“Most people don’t realize there are 62 different types of epilepsy. Our goal was very simple: to improve patient outcomes. We wanted to empower patient-doctor interactions.”
Taking Us Through the EpiFinder Experience
Neel explains there are two versions of the app, one for the patient and one for the doctor. The patients can constantly log information for the doctors to consume when they have time.
“We want to empower patients to share their journey frequently before they have the face-to-face meeting. This enables the doctors to better understand exactly what’s happening with the patients during their epileptic episodes. We’re enabling better human-to-human interactions.”
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