“We wanna get connected. We called every single sleep clinic in the Midwest to do that, talked to them on the phone. Forbes - Chris Fernandez is the Co-Founder and CEO of EnsoData, the company using AI to more accurately diagnose health conditions. Researchers estimate there’s more than 50 million patients in the U.S. also over 80% undiagnosed, and particularly in critical access, rural and underserved communities, you know, under-diagnosis can approach 95% or more. I graduated a few years before you. Chris has 1 job listed on their profile. And then in the 2000s, we started seeing adoption. If you imagine really tired parents and their ability to sort of, you know, help all their kids in various ways, you know, the impact that you can have really isn’t just even limited to one person, but it can impact positively a lot of people in their environment, in their community as well. My background today, even though I’m in my guest bedroom is the Manhattan Beach Pier. Meb: This is how this product that seems obvious in a lot of what you’re doing with the sort of just blocking and tackling of scaling, and partnering, and growing revenue, that’s all going on. Chris: The thing I would say is I think it’s so important for startup companies to be driven by real purpose and mission. And more than a billion waveform studies run per year to diagnose, monitor and treat patients in nearly every speciality of medicine. EnsoData leads the world in reading and understanding these waveforms, starting with sleep. I’m actually getting ready to hit the road. Chris Fernandez Co-founder & CEO at EnsoData. But sort of along the way, it may be helpful to walk through the pivots to contextualize what we do. People have been trying to automate this for the last 20 or 30 years. How’d you sleep last night? In today’s episode, we’re talking all things sleep. Yeah. And, you know, when you’re talking about sleep apnea, ultimately, you’re talking about hundreds of thousands of events per patient that need to be manually done. And so, decided to focus on AI, took all the AI classes they had. So I decided to force myself to do that, and try to go to sleep by midnight, and try to wake up 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 am every day, establish a nice routine. There are surgical procedures as well. Name : Chris Fernandez: Title : Chief Executive Officer: Company Name : EnsoData: Company Status : Private & Independent: Industry : Healthcare IT: Profile : Social Media So you guys eventually finished the FDA approval process. Disclaimer: Meb Faber is the co-founder and chief investment officer at Cambria Investment Management. Meb: And walk us through kind of how the clinicians approached it, either before or without your assistance. Meb: Well, we’re gonna talk about all things sleep today. So you get to taste everything. I’m glad that we took the advice to stay in school because when we graduated, I felt an inch deep and a mile wide. And then the three of us took on the FDA submission. The goal at that point was to get funding. You know, leaders IN the medical device world, the pharma world, VC, you know, plays big and healthcare, hedge funds and other institutional investors. Meb: You got any favorites I can download Spotify later today? By analyzing the waveforms found in sleep studies, EnsoData is able to accurately detect and diagnose sleep apnea and its related conditions. My current favorite is Breaker. You got any…? Listen to #239 - Chris Fernandez, EnsoData - There Was One Particular Area That Felt Like It Was At Least 5 Years Behind…And That Was The Application Of AI To Waveform Data and 302 more episodes by The Meb Faber Show, free! And I’m sure that’s the wrong word. Chris Fernandez is the co-founder and CEO of EnsoData, a company that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify the process of accurately diagnosing health conditions. And during COVID, many sleep labs that had a discontinuity in service. It wasn’t a super exciting exit, but it was a cool experience. Chris Fernandez. That point we still had three people. You know, sell more toasters and umbrellas. www.vbprofiles.com is now www.topionetworks.com. And since then, they’ve actually created a Master’s degree specifically in machine learning for signal processing. Now, those time-savings are even easier to realize, with our ‘zero-install’ AI scoring provided directly within existing LabRetriever cloud workflows and available to every user,” said Chris Fernandez, CEO and Co-founder of EnsoData. EnsoData, whose software uses machine learning algorithms to help clinicians score sleep data and diagnose patients with sleep apnea and other … Chris Fernandez Senior Project Manager - Azure Cloud Infrastructure / 0365. We’ve done that to try to advance the state of knowledge and just contribute to pushing the field forward to better understand how sleep influences human health and disease. getty So you want to create the next big thing in AI. So, we decided to leverage a free trial model, like many or most SaaS solutions do to drive customer acquisition. When is the next time you see a live show in-person? EnsoData leads the world in reading and understanding these waveforms, starting with sleep. And we’re like, “Why is nobody working on this?” And so that was sort of the toolset, the framework that we used when we went looking for that killer application. There’s a lot of, I’m gonna run out of money, all that stuff. Email us Feedback@TheMebFaberShow.com or call us to leave a voicemail at 323 834 9159, Interested in sponsoring an episode? We built this thing that we validated good and just the same amount of data as Netflix as cloud. You know, there are more advanced versions of PAP therapy, as those conditions get more severe and complex. Chris: I think it’s a lot closer than most people probably think it is. Chris Fernandez Senior Project Manager - Azure Cloud Infrastructure / 0365. “We know that not everyone has access to quality and affordable treatment, and have the conviction that our technology can help bridge that gap. To access all the content for free, please sign up by entering your email. Went up through the 800s and 900s in statistics courses. Thanks for listening, friends, and good investing. Are there any sort of expansion ideas that you can talk about, that you guys are thinking about or things that you’re brainstorming, you got your eyes on the horizon about or are these all under lock and key? How high quality is the data? Meb: It’s all right we’ll have you back next year or whenever and you can chat about all these things. I made my top 10. It includes two kinds of airflow to be able to measure breathing and breathing frequency. Founded in 2015, EnsoData provides software-­as-­a-­service (SaaS) that enables the discovery, identification, and actionable reporting of critical to … Who’s gonna do sales?” And they both just point at me like, “You.” So I was unanimously elected to do sales. So, you know, I think that it is a good time to be hiring. He has acted as a leading contributor to the open source machine learning platform NEXT. So say you have your engine that you guys have built, how simple…? We utilized… I think one thing that we do is unique is having a very sort of scientific, rigorous medical approach, but also trying to take best practices from tech and from, like, the YC type world, and apply them in a really interesting way at that interface. Chris Fernandez Senior Project Manager - Azure Cloud Infrastructure / … EnsoData, a Madison, Wisconsin-based startup that is using artificial intelligence to analyze the human body to diagnose health conditions, today announced the close of $9 million in funding.. Like, I think the biggest lesson I learned is kind of go for advice towards action. And that’s about it. I can’t go into a ton of detail in just …. We come back from Y Combinator, we’re pre-funding. You know, it could be related to their BMI and sort of the potency, they call it up their airway. He is currently available to hire for short form projects on a freelance basis. David Tenenbaum. Meb: I’m not gonna hold you to this. Chris has an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and brings more than three years of advanced algorithms and big data research experience to EnsoData. So what does that mean? EnsoData founders Sam Rusk, Chris Fernandez and Nick Glattard. Meb: So what do you guys gonna spend all that money on? What’s the headcount out now? When do you think that’ll happen? You take courses in chemistry, and physics, and biology, and statistics, and mathematics, and every other engineering discipline, from mechanical engineering, to electrical engineering, computer engineering. Pineapple mimosas. We were a solution looking for a problem. Meb: I used to go to the JP Morgan conference every year so I actually started out as a biotech equity analyst in the depths of the last big internet biotech busts. You know, sleep studies can range from anywhere between a half gigabyte to five gigabytes each. Chris Fernandez 20+ Year Internet Marketing, Health And Fitness Expert; Owner and CEO Of Women's Health Interactive. So you want to create the next big thing in AI. At that point, my co-founder and I are running the company on our credit cards. We talk about analyzing sleep data, solving hard data analysis problems with AI, and boostrapping enough data into the EnsoData ecosystem to build and validate the product. You know, we’re already optimizing the time and the cost that’s involved with diagnosing patients, and then on the back end, really being able to try to bring personalized and precision medicine into a reality. Meb: Okay. You’ve identified it works, you get the FDA approval, and then kind of what’s the next sort of step in y’all’s evolution? Chris: We ultimately got our FDA 510K clearance to aid clinicians in diagnosing sleep apnea and other sleep disorders by automating the analysis of the physiologic waveform data that came from sleep studies. But I’m cheering for you guys. And to my surprise, 750 people showed up. Chris Fernandez 20+ Year Internet Marketing, Health And Fitness Expert; Owner and CEO Of Women's Health Interactive. Founded in 2015, EnsoData provides software-­as-­a-­service (SaaS) that enables the discovery, identification, and actionable reporting of critical to understand patterns and trends in health data. Chris: We were still in school at that point. But what we end up with is this really is the most widely available data for diagnosing and for treating patients. How far are we away from…? And so, you know, even to something like an image, waveform data is heavily unstructured. Chris Fernandez has a M.S. And so, I played this game, if we wanna try to find the specialty of medicine that doesn’t use waveforms for something important, I’m able to find one yet. Here’s the kind of the bunk where we do all this work. Sleep disorders are often indicative of broader health problems, such as obesity, depression, diabetes or stroke, said EnsoData CEO and co-founder Chris Fernandez. Chris Fernandez is CEO/Co-Founder at EnsoData Inc. See Chris Fernandez's compensation, career history, education, & memberships. Anything come to mind, good, bad in between? Spoke Intelligence is home of VB Profiles. So they’re not harassing you, elbowing you in the head, snoring and then by morning time, it comes back together. You know, in the first half of college, let’s call it, I was frequently staying up until 2:00 am to try to study for tests, stay on top of deadlines and projects. When you find something, when there’s a billion people that have it, and they don’t know yet, that felt like a really unique opportunity to try to massively scale up patient access to information about how they sleep, how to do it better, and, you know, how it affects them. 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