Innovator’s Full Name
Dr. Uli Chettipalli
Title and Specialty
Uli K. Chettipally, MD, MPH. – Founder & President, InnovatorMD – Emergency Medicine/Epidemiology/Technology-Enabled Care.
Innovation project and tagline
I am working on several projects. My main project is InnovatorMD. It is a platform for Physician Innovators. Inform – Inspire – Ignite! I also invest in and mentor startups: a). www.HealthPals.ai – A machine learning engine that provides actionable insights from EHR data.b) www.Torque3.com – A device using robotics, virtual reality, and machine learning for neuro-rehab.c) www.VendRx.net – A vending machine for prescription drugs in a physician’s office, UC, or ED.
Problem your innovation solves
In healthcare, physicians have the most education, understand the science, deal with problems first hand on the front line, and are able to come up with innovations that can solve the problems. InnovatorMD provides know-how, visibility, support, encouragement, mentorship, and community.
Intended target audience/user of your innovation
For InnovatorMD it is the physicians/residents/students who want to become innovators.
Interesting experience while developing your innovation
Mistakes/hurdles along the way
Plenty of mistakes, some that you could have avoided, others that are not in your control. Luckily nothing fatal, except for one time when I did a startup during the dotcom boom and bust cycle! Doing a startup is like raising a child. You need to constantly watch and course correct. It can be a lot of work, but it also gives you great satisfaction to see it grow.
Typical day in your life
Wake up at 6 AM. Do some writing. Check emails and LinkedIn. Eat breakfast. Start meetings at 8:00 with my team. Take an exercise break. Meet innovators and entrepreneurs from 11:00 to 3:00 PM while squeezing in a lunch break. Finish business calls by 5:00. Spend some time with family. Do some chores at home. Do some reading and social media at 9:00 PM. Go to bed at 11:00 PM.
Someone who inspires you
Parting words of wisdom
Dr. Uli K. Chettipally is an emergency physician, researcher, author, and an innovator. He is currently the President of InnovatorMD, a healthcare innovation company. As a physician-scientist he is interested in technology-enabled care. He received the Pioneer Award for Innovation from Kaiser Permanente and Morris F. Collen Research Award from The Permanente Medical Group. His other roles include President, San Mateo County Medical Association; Chairman, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, San Francisco Bay Area chapter; Advisor, Mentor, and Investor at various healthcare start-ups. His book, “Punish the Machine! The Promise of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare” is available on Amazon.