#86 Deepa Farnandes: Healthcare Innovation, MIT Pirate, CTO, Systems Design

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Deepa Fernandez, a healthcare consultant and CTO, discusses her passion for healthcare technology and her work in improving maternal and neonatal health in rural India. She shares her experience in using system dynamics and system design principles to scale healthcare programs. Deepa also explains the different types of healthcare products and the importance of small innovation loops in the software development cycle. This conversation covers a range of topics in healthcare and innovation. The discussion begins with the concept of artificial womb and interoperability in healthcare. The potential of blockchain in healthcare is explored, along with the emergence of digital therapeutics. The conversation also touches on innovative products in the US healthcare market and the role of data analytics. The software development life cycle and the importance of small innovation loops are discussed. The conversation concludes with a fun fact about the guest being shortlisted to become an astronaut. In this conversation, Deepa shares her love for hiking and trekking adventures, discussing her recent trips to Nandi Hills and Skandagiri Hills. She highlights the challenges and rewards of night hikes and compares the experiences of different treks. The conversation then shifts to movies and books, with Deepa expressing her preference for audiobooks and Tanmay sharing his love for fictional audiobooks. They discuss their favorite authors and genres. Deepa also shares her favorite quote about being the light you want to see in others. The conversation concludes with Deepa expressing her passion for healthcare innovations and providing her contact information for those interested in connecting with her.In this episode of Rocklaz Radio, Tanmay Shah and Laura Grinbarga discuss books and podcasts they have read and listened to. They share their favorite podcasts, such as Akimbo and Freakonomics, and talk about the benefits of reading digitally and listening to audiobooks. They recommend books like The Artist’s Way, Big Magic, and The War of Art for creative inspiration. They also discuss the importance of finding the right time to read and making notes while reading. The conversation touches on spirituality in art and the impact of books like The Alchemist and Siddhartha. They also mention books on negotiation and personal development, such as Think and Grow Rich and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, including book recommendations, favorite genres, and spiritual and philosophical discussions. Some of the recommended books include ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear, ‘The Warrior’s Apprentice’ by Lois McMaster Bujold, ‘The Silver Metal Lover’ by Tanith Lee, ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Bhagavad Gita’ by Shri Shri Ravishankar, and ‘Business Sutras’ by Devdutt Patnayak. The conversation also touched on the importance of finding balance and substance in the content we consume.


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00:00 Introduction and Background
01:11 Passion for Healthcare Technology
03:21 Maternal Neonatal Survival Initiative in Rural India
05:34 Causes of Neonatal Mortality in Rural India
08:32 Improving Maternal and Neonatal Health in Jharkhand
10:03 Tips for Reducing Maternal Mortality
11:27 Addressing Anemia and Cultural Taboos
12:21 Understanding System Dynamics
16:54 Applying System Dynamics to Healthcare Delivery
20:13 Fieldwork in Rural Jharkhand
22:06 Scaling Healthcare Programs
25:37 Expertise in Healthcare and Startups
26:47 System Design Principles
28:14 Success Stories in System Design
30:13 Assisting in Software Development for Healthcare Products
33:09 Explaining System Design Principles to a 5-year-old
34:52 Different Types of Healthcare Products
53:05 Artificial Womb and Interoperability in Healthcare
56:30 Blockchain in Healthcare
59:26 Innovative Products in the US Healthcare Market
01:02:09 Data Analytics and Digital Therapeutics
01:08:10 Web3 and Software Development Life Cycle
01:21:20 MIT Pirate and Education
01:28:20 Small Innovation Loops and Innovation Management Systems
01:39:04 Astronaut Shortlisting and Space Exploration
01:44:42 Hiking and Trekking Adventures
01:50:32 Movies vs. Books
01:52:07 Favorite Quotes and Inspiration
01:56:04 Final Thoughts and Contact Information



• System dynamics and system design principles are valuable tools for scaling healthcare programs and improving patient outcomes.
• Understanding the cultural context and addressing cultural taboos is crucial in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality rates.
• Collaboration and trust between stakeholders, including non-profits, government organizations, and private companies, are essential for successful healthcare initiatives.
• Healthcare startups can benefit from Deepa’s expertise in system design, software development, and regulatory compliance. Healthcare offers vast opportunities beyond traditional doctor and medicine roles.
• Blockchain has the potential to improve data exchange and ownership in healthcare.
• Digital therapeutics are a growing field, with numerous apps available for various healthcare needs.
• The software development life cycle is crucial for ensuring quality and scalability in healthcare software.
• Innovation management systems and small innovation loops are essential for effective product development.
• Space exploration continues to be an exciting frontier, with opportunities for individuals to become astronauts. Night hikes can offer unique challenges and experiences, with the darkness adding an element of adventure.
• Audiobooks are a convenient way to enjoy books, especially for those who don’t have time to read.
• Being the change you want to see and being a source of light for others can have a positive impact.
• Healthcare innovations and startups have the potential to improve patient access and outcomes.


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