Voices of Change
I studied computer science and engineering in school but ended up working in quantitative trading for 10 years. Towards the end I was so miserable. I wanted to go back to doing computer vision but I was nervous about making a career change at the age of 42.
Luckily I found Swift Medical. They were a young company doing innovative things to help people, and it just so happened they were looking for someone with a background in computer vision. Despite being out of the industry for so long, they took a chance on me and hired me. I’m so grateful they did because I love the work I do now as a Biomedical Imaging Specialist. I’m obsessed with tweaking algorithms that will make our 3D reconstructions more robust. I’m constantly thinking about problems I need to solve even when I’m not in the office.
I may be making less than I was in trading but I’m way happier now. And ultimately, happiness is so much more important.” Azeem Lakdawalla, Biomedical Imaging Specialist at Swift Medical
I went on a vacation to India for three months and started applying for jobs when I came back. I got a couple of offers, but I chose Swift because of our CEO’s long-term mission to bring wound care solutions to remote places in Southeast Asia and Africa where the technology is really needed. It was important for me to help a company do some good for the world rather than help it only make money.
Last year, I got to travel to a wound care clinic in Tennessee to see how the technology was being used. I saw how patients were getting treated in a fast, painless manner and how less stressed the clinicians were because the app had helped them save time on administrative duties. Seeing that instilled a sense of ownership in me and I came back wanting to make the app even better.
I joined Swift because I saw the tremendous growth potential of the company. In a few short years, Swift has already become the world leader in Digital Wound Management from both the perspective of having the best technology and being adopted by the most healthcare organizations – and it’s just the beginning.
When I learned about how pervasive the challenge of measuring, treating and healing wounds are, and saw the exciting opportunity to build a business development team to bring this technology to even more healthcare organizations across the world, I knew I had to be here.
Having the combination of the best technology on the market, a great environment, and a market that sees immediate value in your solution is a golden opportunity that doesn’t come along that often. More important to me is that I’m part of a team with a mission to give patients better quality of life and dramatically change the way we heal wounds. As an added bonus, my mom is a nurse and is finally proud of me – so that’s a plus.”
Before I came to Swift Medical, I worked at a startup named Careerify that was eventually acquired by LinkedIn. As part of the acquisition, I moved to Silicon Valley to join LinkedIn’s engineering team and saw the company get bigger and bigger. It was an eye-opening experience, but I was itching to come back to a smaller team because I felt like I could make more of an impact.
When I started at Swift, I was the VP of Engineering where I helped grow our engineering team. Now I work as a Product Manager where I get to focus on the technical components of our medical product. Even though I had been on engineering teams my whole career, Swift supported my desire to get into the product side of the business. Every day I get to work with an awesome tech stack and create a product that changes the world in a positive way. It’s very rare to find a company that can offer both these things.
When I was in the first grade, my mom was diagnosed with leukemia. I remember helping her out when she went through chemotherapy and it made me want to grow up and make a difference in the lives of patients.
I’ve worked as a registered nurse in the U.S. for over 10 years. As the Vice President of Clinical Operations at Swift, I work closely with the product and marketing team to ensure our software makes sense to the nurses from a clinical standpoint. Is the workflow correct? Is it within regulation? Is the documentation accurate? Is the terminology correct? It’s a great job because I get to use my clinical knowledge and work with all kinds of people, from data scientists to DevOps engineers to marketers.
The problem with wound care is that it’s so fragmented; the standards of care in one place might not be the same in another place. Hopefully the work that I’m doing will ensure there’s better wound care across the world.
For our customers, the capabilities and transformative power of our solution can sometimes seem too good to be true. As the VP of Medical Affairs, my job is to create the scientific evidence that lays those doubts to rest. I manage the clinical, economic and administrative impact of our solution by conducting clinical studies. As an evidence-based company, it’s crucial that we prove these outcomes because our technology has major implications for patients and the healthcare system as a whole.
Prior to joining Swift, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry where I compiled evidence on the clinical and economic effectiveness of drugs. Working at Swift is very different. The pace of innovation here is remarkable and it is amazing to see how quickly we can go from having an idea, proving it works, and then seeing it make a difference in the world.
As a Data Engineer and Data Scientist, it’s really important that you have tons of data to play with. I could see the potential for good in Swift Medical’s terabytes of wound care data and wanted to be apart of their mission. My role is to help leverage insights from their datasets by designing and implementing data infrastructure to store, clean and deliver data to our data scientists and computer vision engineers so that they can develop new features.
The projects I’m working on help facilitate many R&D projects. One project I’m really excited about uses computer vision and machine learning to recognize specific qualities of a wound image in a way that is sure to not only help doctors and nurses document and measure wounds accurately, but it will also save them lots of time. I’m looking forward to the day we deploy this model into the wild.
Our healthcare system can be very messy. Not only is there a lack of transparency but patients are expected to remember all the different specialists they’re seeing, what medications they’re on and what their allergies are. My mom suffered from a chronic disease many years ago and I understand what that pressure feels like. Patients shouldn’t feel like they’re being thrown into the unknown.
I joined Swift as a Product Manager because I wanted to put more power in the patients’ hands. Even though they’re relying on doctors, they should be given more control over their own autonomy. With our app, we’re able to provide them with more immediate, informed care while reducing the discomfort they’re already facing. There’s no other company doing what we’re doing.
I’ve always been passionate about coding. During my master’s degree, I co-founded a company called Consult Conduit that facilitated e-consultations between doctors via iOS and Android apps. Now at Swift Medical as a Full-Stack Web Developer, I primarily work on a front-end web dashboard that allows clinicians to track all wounds within their facility. It’s one of the most powerful tools we have because it directly helps nurses save time and money.
I didn’t have much web development experience when I first started, but now I’ve got exposure to all kinds of tools: React, Ruby on Rails, Node. It helps that everyone who works here is willing to share their knowledge with one another. You can ask anybody for help and they’ll stop whatever they’re doing to assist you.
I took my first computer science course in 1980 back when the terms “app” and “STEM” didn’t even exist. Since then I’ve spent 20+ years managing technology transformations in health care, including working at the Canadian Medical Association building and implementing one of the early EMR’s in Canada and other various health care technology solutions in clinics, hospitals and long term care.
As the Senior Implementation Lead at Swift, I help institutions integrate our product into their systems. Many clinicians are pleased with how much faster they’re able to work and how much money it’s saving the patients. It has taken a long time for health care to embrace technology but we’re talking about life and death so it’s important that new advancements like our software are done right. I believe Swift is breaking new ground and is going to transform the way health care is being delivered. – Avrille Blaize, Senior Implementation Lead at Swift
When I was hired, I was tasked with bringing machine learning technology into Swift’s medical device. One of challenges was to use machine learning to isolate and identify wounds from images taken under diverse imaging conditions. It was a very interesting problem at the time as nothing like this had ever been done on a large scale or beyond very controlled lab settings. With 15+ years of academic research experience, most recently working with Graham Taylor, the Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning and one of the brightest researchers in Deep Learning, I was confident to take up this challenge.
One of the main reasons I joined Swift as a Senior Machine Learning Scientist was the impact that I get to make. I have gone to wound care clinics and seen how people with chronic wounds are suffering and how our product has made a tremendous impact in improving their recovery time, so I feel good knowing that I’m doing something that is making a difference in people’s lives.
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