Our entrepreneurs: Sandeep Konduru

In our latest #OurEntrepreneurs profile we meet cohort 7 Clinical Entrepreneur Sandeep Konduru, Orthopaedic Spinal surgeon.

Tell us a bit about yourself 

I am an Orthopaedic Spinal surgeon, NHS clinical entrepreneur and founding CEO of RUMI Medtech Limited. I have a deep interest in A.I, digital health technology and transformation of clinical pathways. I am also a consultant for other Digital health tech companies.

Name: Sandeep Konduru, NHS Clinical Entrepreneur, Cohort 7.

Occupation: Orthopaedic Spinal surgeon.

NHS Trust: University Hospitals of North Midlands.

Why did you apply to the programme and what are you looking forward to?

The programme was recommended to me by a colleague, and I look forward to getting involved over the next year.

Tell us about your innovation  

As a frontline clinician, I have always felt that the data collection from patients (for diagnosis and treatment) is a very manual process requiring multiple appointments/phone calls which takes up clinical time and resource. This creates a ‘one size fits all’ clinical pathway, leading to unnecessary appointments for low-risk patients, resource shortage for high-risk patients and delays to treatment. Such pathways are not well equipped to deal with the current and increasing demand on the NHS.

This is why I created Remcare, a patient friendly app that allows clinicians to collect key data from patients remotely. It can analyse this data and sort patients according to their risk status (as defined by clinicians) and present this on a ‘clinician dashboard’. This gives hospitals an opportunity to customize clinical pathways according to individual patient risk leading to fewer appointments, promotion of patient self-management and more timely intervention while decreasing costs to NHS and increasing patient throughput.

Pilot studies in two clinical specialities has shown that Remcare can increase productivity by up to 40% while reducing staff burden and improving patient care. We have partnered with West Midlands Surgery in Children Operational Delivery Network who are recommending Remcare to be the common cloud-based platform to streamline and standardise elective pre-assessment for children before surgery to enable a regional workload sharing. This will ensure that the right patient gets to the right hospital with the right facilities at the right time to help with elective recovery.

What motivates you? 

As a surgeon I can bring about positive change to individual patients one at a time. However, digital transformation of the health care system allows massive improvements which can be delivered to large cohorts of patients. This is incredibly humbling and motivating. In addition, the whole concept of change management and transformation of care delivery and stakeholder motivation is incredibly fascinating to me.

What are your ambitions for the next year?

Elective recovery is one of the biggest challenges for the NHS currently. We have a new solution – automated admin and clinical validation of waiting lists which seamlessly blends in with our current digital pre anaesthetic assessment platform. We are therefore very keen to scale this product rapidly in the NHS and internationally. We are aiming to secure 4 to 5 new contracts this year.      

Why do you think innovation is important in healthcare?

Innovation is key to the current problems facing the NHS. Doing more of the same will not work and there is no better person than front line staff who are fully aware of the problems and pain points that require solutions. As a front-line clinician, I can understand the solutions that work and that don’t, considering the complexities of health care systems and therefore we are able to create solutions for real world problems rather than trying to fit a solution to a problem.

How can we find out more?

Please visit the www.remcare.co.uk for more information.