Dr. Sanjeev Suratwala is an orthopedic surgeon and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwell Health. He serves as an advisor to Valeet Healthcare and is passionate about all things digital health! We sat down with Dr. Suratwala to get his take on a few different areas and here’s what he had to say:
What got you interested in digital health?
Digital health provides an opportunity to empower the patient as well as the clinician. The promise of always on and everywhere connectivity, if implemented properly, can finally move healthcare into the 21st century. I see tremendous potential in digital health to revolutionize healthcare as we practice it today.
How does your day to day practice in orthopedic surgery allow you to be engaged in digital health?
Orthopedic surgery is a hands on and technically demanding field. Digital health enables collaboration with the caregiving team as well as peers in the field to provide the best care possible. As surgeons, we are reliant on imaging technologies. Current and future technologies will allow the surgeon to perform the most complex surgeries with a precision that will minimize risk and maximize the clinical outcomes.
What do you find most exciting about working with startups?
Startups have a “can do” attitude that America was founded on. It is exciting to come up with truly innovative solutions to our everyday problems. The sheer energy, motivation, and drive of startups can be contagious!
How do you envision that the Valeet Healthcare engagement platform could change practice for you and your patients?
Valeet Healthcare, founded by Dr. Sima Pendharkar, interested me because of the way it empowers the patient. In my practice, I am constantly educating patients on their conditions and their treatment options including surgical interventions. What’s lacking is a tool that can allow the patient and their family and caregivers to understand their own specific condition and at their own pace. Hospitalized patients have related issues primarily around why they’re hospitalized, who is on their caregiving team, and what their plan of care is day to day. They are also inundated with clinical information that can be hard to understand in layman’s terms. Valeet healthcare has come up with an innovative platform to address a lot of these shortcomings. I look forward to its continued growth.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family. I feel it’s important as physicians to have a private life that’s distinct from the clinic/hospital setting to minimize burnout.
I also have an interest in assisting startups and other companies on problem-solving and providing a vision for future growth.