At the 2014 Web Summit in Dublin, we spoke to 20-year-old Noor Siddiqui, co-founder and CEO of Remedy, a company intent on improving healthcare with wearable and mobile technology.
Remedy is leveraging emerging platforms such as Google Glass to bring specialist input to patients faster. Using this technology, physicians at the point of care can collate information on patients and send this directly to specialists working elsewhere.
“I think it’s pretty obvious that it shouldn’t be easier for you to catch a cab with Uber or for you to drop files in Dropbox than it should be for you to get answers to really urgent medical questions,” said Siddiqui, who co-founded the company with her sister, Gina.
The idea was inspired by Siddiqui’s own experiences in hospitals, seeing patients wait weeks for a specialist consultation and witnessing doctors bustling about with wads of paper charts.
At 19 years old, she decided to forego college for a Thiel Fellowship, which awards US$100,000 to a selection of young entrepreneurs each year. However, it’s not money that drives Siddiqui, it’s the opportunity to make a real difference, and she believes it’s much the same for many young innovators.
“The reason why young people are getting into things isn’t because they want to make a lot of money but because they want to solve really big problems,” she said.
For her, that means taking on the challenge of transforming healthcare, education and government – the areas that really need innovation.
The Web Summit 2014: Interview with Noor Siddiqui of Remedy
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