As a student at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School, Omar Badri, MD (pictured above), found himself frustrated he did not have effective tools to help guide patients during important points in their care. To solve the problem, he developed a digital program called Medumo to improve patient communication leading up to and after medical procedures. The HIPAA-approved app delivers precisely timed text messages and email based videos or print reminders designed to help patients prepare for and recover from procedures. The program also monitors patient engagement with automated questions and, using artificial intelligence, alerts physicians when a patient is at risk. In trials, it has shown a reduction in no-shows, improved patient preparedness/satisfaction, and an increase in cancer detection when used for patients undergoing colonoscopy.
Now a fifth year resident in internal medicine and dermatology at BWH, Badri is proud to see the far reaching impact of his innovation, with 17 hospitals across the U.S. adopting Medumo and more than 400,000 patients per year benefiting from the tool.
The program was recently accepted to the prestigious technology program Y-Combinator in San Francisco.
This article was originally featured in the 2017 Honor Roll, which celebrates donors to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Check out more profiles of patients, clinicians, and researchers that illustrate the power of transformative philanthropy at the Brigham.