An NHS anesthesiologist has created a web and mobile app-based startup to help UK healthcare workers communicate with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has caught the attention of the international technology and digital health communities, winning the world’s largest startup competition for women and technology and the industry-renowned Pitchfest title.
Rachael Grimaldi, who developed the CardMedic app while on maternity leave, competed with 5,000 female entrepreneurs in 70 countries for the award. She is now receiving a $50,000 investment award, as well as mentoring and face-to-face meetings with leading venture capitalists.
Past She Loves Tech alumni have raised more than $250 million in total funding from some of the world’s top investors, including Microsoft and Amazon.
The Oxford-based CardMedic app, which offers online flashcards to guide patients through common clinical interactions, is the first of its kind in the world.
The app uses flashcards to recreate conversations on a variety of health topics, ranging from respiratory and heart issues to end-of-life care and emergency situations. Employees simply pick a topic and choose from nearly 20 language options. You can use questions and explanations developed by clinical experts or add free text.
The content can be flexibly customized to overcome various communication barriers by converting to different languages, sign language videos, easy read or read aloud mode, or using the built-in speech-to-text translation tool.
She Loves Tech aims to close the funding gap for women entrepreneurs worldwide with peer coaching, experiential learning and mentoring in global tech hubs including China, Israel, Singapore and the US.
The competition focuses on companies with at least one female founder or a majority of female consumers/end users. The She Loves Tech online conference in 2020 attracted more than 2,200 participants.
Adirani Heraputeri, Global Program Manager of She Loves Tech said: “It was such a pleasure to have Rachael as part of the She Loves Tech cohort. CardMedic is one of the most exciting solutions we’ve seen this year and answers the real challenges of breaking down the communication barriers in accessing healthcare, one of the basic human rights.”
She added, “We look forward to continuing to support them on their journey to take this powerful and scalable solution to the next level.”
For their work, CardMedic was also recently named a winner of Digital Health Rewired’s industry-renowned Pitchfest competition and was given the opportunity to implement and scale the solution as part of the CW innovation program at the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.
dr CardMedic Chief Executive Rachael Grimaldi said: “I was absolutely thrilled to win the She Loves Tech Global Finals! We were honored to be part of a network of incredibly inspiring women from around the world using such creative, brilliant and groundbreaking solutions to some of our biggest challenges.
“The mentoring, tutorials and peer support throughout the competition was phenomenal. The team behind She Loves Tech is so impressive, with world-class expertise and a passion for supporting women’s journey into technology – I’m so grateful to have been a part of it.
“Then being recognized as a winner of the Digital Health Rewired Pitchfest so soon after is really the icing on the cake. Being recognized by digital health peers and being able to make a difference at such a large scale for CardMedic is a dream come true. ”
The results of the She Loves Tech competition were announced on December 4th, 2021 and Rachael was crowned the Pitchfest Champion on March 16th at Digital Health Rewired.
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