This week, James is joined by Dr. Yeshwanth Pulijala, artist, dentist and entrepreneur. He describes himself as a generalist who builds technologies that improve healthcare. During his PhD in VR and AR applications in healthcare, he designed and evaluated one of the first immersive virtual reality training tools for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
After training as a dentist, he gained over five years of interdisciplinary experience in healthcare and technology (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Computer Vision). He previously built a startup (Open Simulation) to provide low-cost surgical simulation using Augmented Reality, using his understanding of healthcare challenges from a clinical point of view and building tools to address those needs. Currently, he is focused on making surgery safer through Scalpel Ltd., building a non-invasive sensing platform for hospitals to improve patient safety, prevent serious incidents and reduce costs. Their proprietary system detects and prevents errors in real-time during an operation using a combination of deep learning and sensor fusion techniques.