1- Hello Venu, can you please tell us a bit about you?
I work in the public health sector in India in delivering healthcare to masses in India. I am currently the CEO of ZOLT Technologies which runs the largest telehealth platforms that had served 17 M health Consultations. Previous to this company, I had also created a clinic chain in India through ASVAS Clinics running in small cities, I exited this company in 2016. Another company where I was an ex-founder was Kria Healthcare where we worked on setting up healthcare centers along with Apollo Hospitals for 30M population.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
There is a greater need to address the unsolved primary health problems and in delivering healthcare to the last mile, yard and inch. I am focusing on using technology and health workers to solve these problems.
3-How do you describe “ZOLT Info Solutions” in a few words?
ZOLT focusses on health technologies and had provided a telehealth platform to various healthcare operators in giving patient management, EHR and telemedicine platforms. ZOLT is one of the largest telemedicine platforms in India used by the government sector. We have given software to run 104 non-emergency call centers, 1033 highway emergency call center, 1097 National AIDS helpline and Mother and Child Tracking Systems.
4- Where do you think your work is making an impact?
We are delivering to markets where there is no delivery and we are impacting in volumes and helping governments achieve universal health access.
5- How did you build up a creative spirit, do you believe you were born with it or you developed it?
I think I have developed this creative spirit through time. It comes from the desire to solve problems with simple solutions. I could give you an example, when we were working in tribal areas in India, we are trying to solve mosquito-related diseases through education, water management, training, etc. One simple solution that really worked was mosquito nets and just making people use them.
6- Tell us more about your decoration at the “Top 100 Healthcare Leaders Award”?
I think IFAH wanted to recognize my ability to design large scale public health programs and my contribution in delivering healthcare to masses in India.
7- And now you’re an award-winning entrepreneur, what does the future hold for your company? Any plans to expand it?
As a company, we would like to focus on chronic and non-communicable disease management systems for the future.
8- What can you tell young creatives who are just starting their careers?
I would tell them to be patient and be collaborative as they will be working with interprofessional teams.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
I am excited about being recognized for the hard work and effort put into this field.
10- The last word or final thoughts?
My last words will be that working in public health is a lonely journey and face it with humor.