Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, taking nearly 18 million lives a year. Yet millions of people lack access to echo exams, the standard of care for diagnosing heart disease. Our guest on the show, Dr. Carolyn Lam, is a renowned cardiologist who has figured out a way to bridge this gap. With her company Us2.ai, which was backed by StartUp Health in 2018, Dr. Lam and her team are using artificial intelligence to automate the process of reading echo exams. By doing so, they’re democratizing this test and making it available to millions more people.
What’s more amazing is how close this technology is to saving lives. Us2.AI has recently received FDA approval and they’ve partnered with a leading medical device manufacturer so that their software is available as broadly as possible.