Cheryl Wu, MD
New York, New York, US
New York, New York, US
First time founder
I am a physician. My main goal in life is to Fix Healthcare in the United States. We are in a disjointed and fractured system where the interests of the patients are not served. As physicians, our hands are often tied preventing us from delivering the best care to patients, while trillions of dollars are wasted away with no better health outcome. This cannot go on.
My idea is to build a Healthcare Platform that can connect physicians with each other (forming the central nervous system of Healthcare, if you will), and that will allow free flow of information (patients' medical records). I believe Healthcare is a basic human right. I believe patients' medical records belong to the patients. I believe we can do much, much better than this.
There are many, many great apps and software out there fulfilling the individual needs of our patients and physicians. We need a platform to integrate all of them. We need a platform that is dedicated to solving the trillion dollar problem. To that end, this platform will accomplish the following:
1. Physician connectivity - allow for free flow of information, patient referrals, democratize and standardize treatments, give physicians our voices back
2. Secure medical record storage - patients have a right to their medical records; allow for one format that all EHRs can convert patient records to; provide secure storage solution that is HIPAA compliant
3. Community & resources - in order to heal, patients need their communities; physicians and patients alike need their resources; allow the patients capability to research and "upvote" their physicians; decentralize medical certification process
4. Physician credentialing - streamline credentialing process for hospitals, insurance companies, workplaces and reduce massive annual costs; integrate with such services as CAQH to lessen burden on healthcare
5. Vertical integration with healthcare products - provide a platform for integration of all healthcare related entities, allow small businesses equal playing field with Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Hospital to provide best services for patients
6. Research & development - allow for central database of patients' health info and physician experiences for future research and knowledge
7. Nonprofit financial healthcare market - lobby government to allow for free market for healthcare stock trading; allow commissions to go to patients' care - model it on Wall Street financial market, but for Main Street's benefit; allocate based on medical need - like how we have been trained "how sick is my patient?"
You must do the things you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt
Amaranth Health & Medical, PC
February 2017 - Today
I took over the primary care pediatric office I worked in when the previous owner passed away from a long bout of cancer. My practice serves the immigrant community of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, so I am well aware of the many, many issues physicians and patients face in the disjointed and chaotic healthcare system we have today.
139 Medical, PC
October 2013 - February 2017
Chinatown-based private pediatric practice. Primarily managed care Medicaid immigrant patient population.
May 2015 - Today
Pediatrician for nonprofit clinic for children with developmental disabilities, e.g., autism, genetic syndromes, cerebral palsy, ADHD, intellectual disability, etc. State Medicaid patients only. This is the bottom 1% of our economic divide, PLUS medical disabilities.
Winthrop University Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department
October 2013 - August 2015
Community hospital with 14-bed pediatric ER. Moonlighted as a pediatric provider evaluating and providing care to children with urgent or emergent medical conditions.
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
1999 - 2003