About the Video

Sunita Maheshwari, the co-founder of Teleradiology Solutions, one of the best radiology companies for radiology services in India, describes herself as “one of those kids who always knew she wanted to go to medical school”. Her first love was medicine and not technology. But as luck and destiny would have it, the two came together to give Sunita an amazing opportunity.

Amrita Paul and Ria Das report on her journey

GROWING UP

Brought up in Hyderabad, she went to Osmania Medical College followed by AIIMS and then did her Paediatric’s and Paediatric Cardiology training at Yale University in the US. She was amply clear that she wanted to work in India as a doctor so she signed a prenuptial agreement with her husband that they would finish training and return to India. Seventeen years hence, the couple are based out of Bengaluru, and she is “working as a Paediatric cardiologist, training postgraduates across India via e-teaching, co-founding and scaling some exciting health care ventures and generally, enjoying this adventure called life.”

Sunita Maheshwari was among the select people in tech medicine who were invited to meet Barack Obama

Teleradiology_Solutions_showcased_to_US_President_Barack_Obama

CALL OF NEED

She shares that the company was started out of necessity, “My husband-Dr Arjun Kalyanpur, an AIIMS/Cornell/Yale-trained radiologist could not get a job in Bangalore from 1999-2002 so he started working for our alma mater Yale University from here. One thing led to another and soon we had a company on our hands – we are really accidental entrepreneurs.”

Medicine to entrepreneurship: How Sunita Maheshwari Is Delivering Global Solutions

STARTING UP

After starting Teleradiology Solutions, the couple reinvested the profits into growing it and building a campus. Prior to that, Maheshwari had been working as head of the department of Pediatric cardiology at Narayana Hrudayalaya and felt that a lot of patients who came to the hospital could be seen in a pre-hospital environment and thus was born the idea of RXDX – a pre-hospital full-service multi-specialty clinic which can handle most medical issues. She adds, “I grew RXDX from one clinic location to 3 with over 25 in corporate smaller clinics. I had always imagined I would be a clinical doctor only my whole life but once the entrepreneurial bug bit me I was hooked!”

“I found the creativity of entrepreneurship exciting and the ability to impact the lives of our growing employee base as well patients locally through RXDX and globally through teleradiology was very satisfying.”

The Health Center aspires to provide an experience where a patient feels like a guest. But in the quest to provide affordable quality healthcare, the challenges in India primarily relate to a shortage of trained manpower. Maheshwari explains, “There is an average of 47,000 MBBS doctors per year and only 19,000 post graduate medical seats. The number of radiologists for a country this size is minuscule – just 10,000 for over a billion people. Although teleradiology and e-teaching are one way to help alleviate this shortage, the shortage of good quality specialized doctors has led to a spike in salaries and reimbursements in order to retain them. This leads to an increase in health care costs and affects our ability to do very low-cost work in India.”

THE CHALLENGES

She informs that there is a shortage of good nurses as well, for many of them migrate overseas for better reimbursement. She feels that health care organizations need to pay nurses and paramedical staff better in order for them to stay and work in India as without them it is hard to run a high-quality service. On the other hand, rising costs of specialist doctors and high costs of admin staff are also proving to be a continuous challenge.

DOCTOR TO ENTREPRENEUR

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, the doctor thought that entrepreneurship was about money and money alone. She says, “However now, I find that not to be the whole story. Entrepreneurship is exciting because it is about having an idea and making it work. I have never been motivated by money but impacting lives, doing things well, innovating, creating, connecting with others – these things excite me and entrepreneurship is all of that and more.”

“A by-product of successfully running these companies is that I have made money and I am now able to use that financial resource to make a tangible impact in the society.”

“We have set up playgrounds in government schools through the trust fund People4people, help patients in remote parts of India with high quality reports via our Telrad Foundation, incubate and grow other health care ventures such as Telrad tech which builds teleradiology software and now expand into new areas such as overall telehealth delivery, including something close to my heart – telecardiology.”

SCALING UP

The entrepreneur is now working towards scaling all the companies entities and hopes that in five years Teleradiology Solutions, RXDX and Telrad tech are more than double in terms of revenue and impact than now. She adds, “I hope we have a good professional team in place to run these entities so that I can focus on my trust fund and impact more children’s lives, focus on my clinical work of pediatric cardiology and my writing and teaching. I have worked very hard the past three decades and I hope I can make a little time to enjoy my kids adventures – my daughter Alisha as she enters the world of being a doctor and my son Adil, who will hopefully be India’s tennis champion by then.”

Read More by Amrita Paul

Medicine to entrepreneurship-How Sunita Maheshwari Is Delivering Global Solutions

Sunita Maheshwari, the co-founder of Teleradiology Solutions, one of the best radiology companies for radiology services in India, describes herself as “one of those kids who always knew she wanted to go to medical school”. Her first love was medicine and not technology. But as luck and destiny would have it, the two came together(…)

About Charvi

Posts by Charvi:

7 Women In 7 Unconventional Professions

Are you one of those who think that women can excel only in professions like  teaching and nursing? Do you believe that their “feminine traits” restrict their horizon and prevent them from taking up unconventional careers? We are set to challenge the archaic mindsets of people who like confining women to specific professions. Today’s Indian women are audacious enough(…)

More

Amal Clooney’s Baby Bump Discussed More Than Her Powerful Speech At UN

A day after celebrating International Women’s Day, foreign media proved that the fact that a woman having a baby bump is more likely to make news that the content of her speech. This is what happened when Human Rights lawyer Amal Clooney delivered a powerful speech at the United Nations to address one of the most pressing issues of contemporary times — genocide.

More

Anaarkali of Araah: Inspiring Story Of A Small Town Singer

Bollywood has finally taken up the onus of addressing women-centric issues in mainstream cinema. After ‘Pink’ shook the entire country with its message of promoting women’s safety, Bollywood is back with another movie Anaarkali of Aarah directed by Avinash Das addressing similar issues. Starring Swara Bhaskar, the movie is about a small-town singer who sings and dances to(…)

More

Iceland First Country To Inch Towards Closing Gender Pay Gap

While the whole world was busy celebrating womanhood, there is one country which chose to take some concrete measures to combat gender-inequality in the real sense. According to a report, Iceland is working on a law that requires companies to show they pay men and women the same salary for the same work.

More

7 Women Breaking Grounds In The Handloom Industry

The onset of globalization in India has jeopardized the existence of India’s handloom industry. International brands have invaded our markets and lured our people to buy foreign stuff. Some audacious Indian women, however, are striving hard to reverse the trend and make handloom products popular again.

More

6 Things That Women Can Wear For Safety

Women can finally roam around freely while keeping up with their style statement, thanks to some great technology. Read on to know about 6 such wearable items invented for women’s safety.

More

How E-Friends Can Do You A World Of Good

Gone are the days when people met their friends over a cup of tea and reminisced about good old days. The advancement of technology has given people the liberty of  befriending people sitting in the comfort of their homes. The emerging trend of having E-friends has taken the world by storm. I mean, just think about it! You need(…)

More

Birthday Special: 7 Things To Know About Harmanpreet Kaur

She made into the so-called “Gentleman’s game” on her own. Cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur represents India at the national and international level. Hailing from Punjab, she rose to fame with India’s victory over Bangladesh in the Women’s T20 championship. She has also accomplished the feat of becoming the first cricketer to represent India in Australia’s Women(…)

More

Share Your Stories:

Discussions

Blogs

Events