Published article in Authority Magazine
Written by Dave Philistin, CEO of Candor | Authority Magazine
Inrecent years, Big Tech has gotten a bad rep. But of course, many tech companies are doing important work making monumental positive changes to society, health, and the environment. To highlight these, we started a new interview series about “Technology Making An Important Positive Social Impact”. We are interviewing leaders of tech companies who are creating or have created a tech product that is helping to make a positive change in people’s lives or the environment. As a part of this series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Maiuri Ranchhod.
Dr. Maiuri Ranchhod is the Medical Director at Verinovum, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is an experienced healthcare professional, having worked both in primary care and mental health, with more than 12 years of experience in healthcare management. Having earned her MD, she brings deep clinical experience to the table along with her love for data and for making a difference in people’s lives.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series. Before we dive in, our readers would love to learn a bit more about you. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood backstory and how you grew up?
I was born in Georgia but grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma with two younger brothers. Being the only girl and the eldest I felt a lot of pressure from my family to set an example for my brothers. I loved school, especially math, which I think correlates with why I love data and like to crunch numbers and work with data. When I wasn’t in school, I was helping my parents with the family business in the hospitality industry, which taught me a lot about people, responsibility, and hard work.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
I have learned a lot throughout my career about how to navigate the healthcare system. My aunt was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 4 and was uninsured. Working in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), we had to help find resources for our patients who may or may not have insurance and have limited funding. Through the network, we were able to get her insurance and follow her care. In the last few years, my aunt was placed on the kidney transplant list and had to get clearance from various specialty practices. Because of my clinical knowledge and healthcare experience, I took on the role of being her patient advocate, as she also does not speak English. From this experience, I saw firsthand how broken our healthcare system really is. It was challenging to coordinate the various health systems and getting medical records, and I learned how providers are so busy that they don’t have time to look at all the records and wealth of information each patient has. Throughout that experience and through my work with healthcare data quality, I know that having standardized data would help providers filter out the noise and focus on the patient. This is in large part why I’m so passionate about the work we do at Verinovum — in bringing together, curating, and enriching clinical data for so many different uses.
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