The Doctor’s Bot | Harjinder Sandhu from Saykara

In the United States, healthcare providers spend an enormous amount of time performing administrative tasks—documenting patient care, making referrals, prescribing medication, and updating records.

To date, most healthcare technology doesn’t address this problem so much as transfering it to new devices and systems. But Harjinder Sandhu set out to find a technology solution that would enable practitioners to spend less time on computers and tablets, and more time helping patients.

The answer was Saykara, an AI assistant for healthcare providers that monitors patient visits and organizes doctor-patient conversations into key points and action items.

On this edition of UpTech Report, Harjinder discusses how this technology works and how it could change your next visit to the doctor.

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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.

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.




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