Interview with Dr. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, recorded by Dr. David Kibbe on 29 August 2008.
David Kibbe: Welcome, this is David Kibbe, Dr. David Kibbe, and you are listening to the first of our podcasts on the InterHealth Network. My guest today is Mohammad Al-Ubaydli who is the founder of a new web portal for patients known as Patients Know Best. Mohammad, thank you for being our first interview.
Mohammad Al-Ubaydli: Glad to be so, thank you.
DK: I’ve known you for several years. I know a little bit about your background as a physician, I know a little bit about your background as an informaticist, why don’t you give us a short overview of your career so far?
MAU: I went to medical school about 10-15 years by now. I graduated in 2000. When I first went to medical school, the thing that interested me was the use of computer science – chaos science – because the body is full of chaotic systems. But soon after getting into the hospital problems – actual chaos rather than chaos science – that could be improved by someone knowing a little bit of IT. And so I just began doing lots of projects helping people with computer problems that then improved patient care.
I guess the common thread through everything that I have been doing is that I like a technology that helps people in low cost commitment and really gets lots of people collaborating.
So the first thing I started with was just mobile computers. Just using Personal Digital Assistants and convincing every physician I worked with to just buy it out of pocket and then just working together and beaming information back and forth. And so that just really helped with handovers in the hospital.
The next thing is open source software because it is easy to install it and you get something that really supports collaboration across different institutions. The thing that grabbed me over the last couple of years, and this is where you and I have been working a lot quite closely is the advent of personal health records. There have been a number of developments in the last few years that mean that the investment for a patient of physician to use this is reasonably low. The common platform that are around really allow collaboration. This means that in the next 10 years there are tools that could really change how clinicians and patients interact. And I just find that very interesting. Continue reading