A Passion for Innovation: Dr. Mashiur’s Mission to Bring Healthcare Closer to the Patient
Motivated by my fervent commitment to advancing healthcare accessibility in rural Bangladesh, I embarked on a journey to develop a solution that could truly make a difference. Armed with my expertise as a tech enthusiast, I conceptualized and engineered a kiosk-based vital sign monitor system, carefully designed to be installed in pharmacies, and thereby providing essential healthcare services to the people in need.
In 2008, I shared my concept with Dr. Yunus, a renowned Nobel Laureate and a pioneer in microloans. My vision was to create kiosks that would have blood pressure monitor systems, glucose measurement devices, weight scales, and ECG devices. The vital signs would be automatically received at a central location where healthcare professionals could review the data and provide feedback to patients and users.
At the time, telemedicine services were not yet available, and I was the first to conceptualize this innovative idea. I conducted several user flow trials and developed the concept further with details engieering architecture, creating a demonstration of the solution and user flow to high-level managers.
Unfortunately, I faced internal politics, and my idea was stolen by others within the organization who later rolled out the concept as their own commercial solution. However, this experience taught me a valuable lesson: to never disclose detailed technical documents to outsiders.
Despite the setback, I remained committed to my passion for innovation and helping those in need. Today, my vital sign monitor system is being used in rural areas of Bangladesh, providing essential healthcare services to those who need it most. My ingenuity and determination have made a lasting impact on the healthcare industry, inspiring others to push the boundaries of what is possible.
Later, when I moved into the healthcare industry, I worked on a similar project that further fueled my passion for bringing health solutions closer to patients. My dream of making healthcare accessible to everyone still motivates me to this day, and I continue to work on similar projects with even greater enthusiasm.
Internal politics may have led to the loss of my idea, but they could not take away my dream. The experience taught me to be more cautious about sharing technical details with outsiders, but it did not dampen my drive to innovate and make a difference in the world. I will always remain committed to my mission of making healthcare accessible and empowering individuals to take control of their own health.