The sheer size of the digital health market — $6.8 billion in new investment in the first half of 2019 alone — sends a clear signal of technology’s impact on the future of health care, but it isn’t the whole story. Determining which technologies will improve health outcomes for patients or make a doctor’s job more efficient is the industry’s true challenge. We designed Suki with a mission of bringing joy back to the practice of medicine; to allow doctors to focus more of their time and effort on patient care and less on administrative labor. Ultimately the best recognition is love from our users, but we do not mind the occasional validation from the rest of the tech industry.
In September, Forbes recognized Suki on its AI 50 list as one of the most promising artificial intelligence companies in America today. Forbes chose companies “wielding some subset of artificial intelligence in a meaningful way and demonstrating real business potential from doing so.” At Suki, we pride ourselves on using artificial intelligence to make an impact and deliver value for physicians today.. we’ve seen this happen in practices, hospitals, and clinics across the country. Physicians using Suki have affirmed the positive impact on their practice, reporting a 76 percent decrease in time spent on recording clinical notes and have confirmed Suki’s ability to improve note accuracy and detail.
In addition to Forbes’ recognition of our technology, CB Insights named Suki to its inaugural Digital Health 150: The Digital Health Startups Redefining the Healthcare Industry. Suki was recognized out of over 5,000 companies in 15 categories, earning recognition among a small group of our peers offering game-changing clinical tools for providers. Companies were evaluated on criteria such as patent activity, investor profile, news sentiment analysis, market potential, partnerships, competitive landscape, team strength, and tech novelty. Dr. Nathan Gunn, our COO, attended the CB Insights Future of Health conference, where he accepted this honor, and talked to the attendees about how Suki and others are leveraging tech to support doctors, change the patient experience, and, ultimately, help improve care.
While we’re very honored by these awards, no trophy or plaque can match the pride I feel when I see how physician users react to Suki. While recently demonstrating our solution at the American Association of Family Physicians’ Family Medicine Experience conference, a physician in the audience teared up, gave our sales lead a hug, and thanked us profusely for the work that we’re doing.
This is why we started Suki. And this is what AI can help to achieve in health care: freeing doctors to remember why they practice medicine in the first place, and giving them the tools they need to provide the best possible care.