Developing a Small Vision | Harjinder Sandhu from Saykara

When starting a company, most people like to think big. After all, Steve Jobs didn’t start Apple to make it easier for people to type.

But sometimes those big visions can swallow the small ones—and according to Harjinder Sandhu, the founder and CEO of Saykara, it’s the small visions that keep you going. “Your user doesn’t care about that big vision,” he says. “What they care about is, I have this problem today and how am I going to solve that problem?”

On this edition of UpTech Report, Harjinder discusses his journey to solving the problem of healthcare providers being overburdened with administrative tasks. His solution is an AI assistant that can alleviate those day by day, minute by minute hurdles that interrupts practitioners from delivering care.

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Harjinder holds a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) and master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in Computer Science from The University of British Columbia. He is a former Assistant Professor of Computer Science at York University and Visiting Scientist at IBM.

Saykara has developed a platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to interpret conversations between physicians and patients, transform salient content into clinical notes, orders, referrals and more, then populate both structured and narrative data directly to electronic health record systems. 

Earlier in his career, Harjinder co-founded MedRemote, a healthcare-focused speech recognition company acquired in 2005 by Nuance. He then served for five years as Vice President and Chief Technologist of Nuance’s Healthcare R&D division. He also co-founded the patient engagement company, Twistle, and remains on its Board of Directors.




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