The ‘Alibaba of Ra­di­ol­ogy’

Manila Times - - Business Times - BY MARGA BELLOSILLO

Life­track Med­i­cal Sys­tems has de­vel­oped

Back in 2003, Life­track founder and CEO Dr. Eric Schulze co-founded one

in the United States, 24/7 Ra­di­ol­ogy, which even­tu­ally grew to serve the night shift re­quire­ments of over 100 sites in the US with ra­di­ol­o­gist read­ing cen­ters in Manila, Sin­ga­pore, Ban­ga­lore, and Kolkata.

He even­tu­ally sold 24/7 Ra­di­ol­ogy to Al­liance Imag­ing in 2011 and re­viewed how ra­di­ol­ogy soft­ware could be ar­chi­tected from the ground up to sup­port a re­gion­ally or glob­ally dis­trib­uted ra­di­ol­ogy op­er­a­tion at scale, while elim­i­nat­ing all the oper­a­tional pain and

24/7 Ra­di­ol­ogy.

come to be dubbed as the “Alibaba of Ra­di­ol­ogy” was launched.

All about ac­cess and con­ve­nience

Ac­cord­ing to Life­track chief op- to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion is nearly two-thirds of the world’s pop­u­la­tion. Our cus­tomers are putting dig­i­tal x-rays in re­mote clin­ics and CT scan­ners in ru­ral hospi­tals by us­ing LifeSys to ag­gre­gate, dis­trib­ute, and send pa­tient im­ages so that radi-

of­ten­times re­motely,” he shared.

The plat­form was a big help es­pe­cially when typhoon Haiyan hit the coun­try a few years back. It ob­vi­ously de­stroyed ba­sic med­i­cal care in Leyte, with most spe­cial­ists leav­ing soon af­ter, re­sult­ing in a mas­sive rise in dis­ease rates. The typhoon also swept away most elec­tri­cal and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture.

“The Philip­pine Tu­ber­cu­lo­sis So­ci­ety set up a tu­ber­cu­lo­sis screen­ing clinic on the is­land of Leyte. The So­ci­ety ap­proached Life­track to con­nect their dig­i­tal x-ray to a ra­di­ol­o­gist in the cap­i­tal, Manila, us­ing a 4G con­nec­tion. The clinic is now able to up­load di­ag­nos­tic grade x-rays us­ing 4G to the LifeSys cloud server where a ra­di­ol­o­gist 900 km 24/7 can func­tion as a cen­tral radi-

pro­vin­cial hospi­tals all around the coun­try, as long as both are on the LifeSys plat­form.

Or an In­dian hos­pi­tal group can re­ceive and di­ag­nose med­i­cal

hospi­tals us­ing

LifeSys,

or Filipino ra­di­ol­o­gists mov­ing to coun­tries with se­vere short­ages of spe­cial­ists, LifeSys can prevent brain drain of tal­ented med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als lost to their home coun­tries and in­crease ac­cess to med­i­cal imag­ing in un­der­served mar­kets,” he fur­ther elab­o­rated.

Rapid growth

at the Since launch­ing LifeSys with their LifeSys has en­abled the di­ag­no­sis of over 500,000 pa­tient cases across 130 health­care fa­cil­i­ties in nine coun­tries such as USA, Sin­ga­pore, Philip­pines, In­done­sia, In­dia, Nige­ria, Viet­nam, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

Due to its suc­cess, the plat­form was awarded for Ex­cel­lence in Dis­rup­tive Tech­nol­ogy at the Fi­nan­cial Times/ In­ter­na­tional Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion Trans­for­ma­tional Busi­ness Awards in Lon­don last June 2018. They also won the award for the Best Life Sciences/MedTech Startup in the Philip­pines at the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards in 2017.

The fu­ture is bright with LifeSys

Aside from ra­di­ol­ogy, Lifesys plans to ex­pand to other med­i­cal spe­cial­ties. “As part of our vi­sion for Life­track as the med­i­cal imag­ing plat­form that can help health­care providers reach more pa­tients, we plan to start in­cor­po­rat­ing other spe­cial­ties apart from ra­di­ol­ogy, such as Oph­thal­mol­ogy and Car-

med­i­cal imag­ing and have the same dy­nam­ics around scarcity of spe­cial­ists and ris­ing de­mand in emerg­ing mar­kets, and we see them as nat­u­ral ad­ja­cen­cies to ex­pand into and help our health­care cus­tomers solve their con­straints around ex­pan­sion and cov­er­age in th­ese de­part­ments,” ac­cord­ing to Ng. Cur­rently, they are in the plan­ning stages to con­duct pi­lots for both opthal­mol­ogy and car­di­ol­ogy on the LifeSys plat­form with cus­tomers in the Philip­pines.

The other com­po­nent of their vi­sion for Life­track as a med­i­cal imag­ing plat­form is de­vel­op­ing a sus­tain­able model for their “Alibaba for Ra­di­ol­ogy” mar­ket­place. “We aim to push for­ward projects that will show this at scale. We are in dis­cus­sions to con­nect UK Na­tional Health Ser­vice Trusts to rep­utable In­dian ra­di­ol­ogy groups us­ing our plat­form, al­low­ing the UK ac­cess to out­sourced tel­era­di­ol­ogy ser­vices while pre­vent­ing brain drain of In­dian ra­di­ol­o­gists who would oth­er­wise have mi­grated to the UK. We are also work­ing with

the Philip­pines to de­velop their own an­cil­lary ra­di­ol­ogy ser­vices, us­ing our plat­form to con­nect with pro­vin­cial or ru­ral health­care fa­cil­i­ties in need of ra­di­ol­o­gist cov­er­age,” he con­cluded.

Life­track chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Carl Ni­cholas Ng (left) re­ceives the Fi­nan­cial Times Trans­for­ma­tional Busi­ness award for Ex­cel­lence in dis­r­putive tech­nol­ogy

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