Making ultrasound portable to transform medical imaging
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Starting a career in the Israeli army, becoming a lawyer, and finally transforming the field of medical imaging.
In a very schematic way, this is what might define Ohad Arazi’s path, who is now spearheading the field of handheld ultrasound as the CEO of Clarius.
His curiosity for medical imaging - coupled with a very product-oriented mindset and an unrelenting desire to understand the problems that healthcare faces - leads him to integrate different structures, including the Fortune 500 giant McKesson, the Canadian telecommunication company Telus, and the Israeli startup Zebra Medical Vision, where he quickly occupies leadership roles with great responsibility.
At Clarius (this “true gem” as he calls it in his own words) he draws on his expertise in the field of medical imaging to embed artificial intelligence into the most compact high quality ultrasound imaging platform on the market, developed by its brilliant founder Laurent Pelissier.
The goal? Allowing any healthcare professional to perform an ultrasound scan, with a system as intuitive, qualitative, and compact as an iPhone. Perhaps those will even find their place in patient’s homes at some point!
In light of the current boom in digital health and the radical developments in AI, Ohad shares his perspective on the role that these technologies will have on certain medical specialties and notably radiology, where he believes that they will rather augment them without replacing them. He also explains why he thinks that most technological capabilities in digital health are outstripping the value they can create, and reflects on his career path where his transitions from huge corporates to human-sized startups shaped his evolution and leadership.
A surprising dive into the future of medical imaging, that we invite you to discover in this new episode!
02:23 - Ohad’s background, from the military in Israel to healthcare in Canada
10:46 - What the medical imaging landscape looked like in the early 2000s
14:51 - Ohad’s take on the current boom in digital health
19:36 - Clarius’ mission in transforming high-end ultrasound for healthcare professionals
33:11 - How AI is embedded into the products from Clarius
35:09 - Dealing with hypergrowth as a medical imaging startup
39:48 - Ohad’s reflections on his career path and the story of the Disney brothers
What we also talked about with Ohad:
We cited with Ohad some of the past episodes from the series:
#1 - Measuring your arterial age to prevent heart diseases - Ted Baldwin - Imageens
#12 - Unleashing the power of digital health - Daniel Kraft - Digital.Health
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