Introducing Medivizor – My New Venture!

November 13, 2012 | By Tal Givoly | In: Health, Innovation, Social Media, Strategy

It’s been awhile since my last blog post. I apologize, I’ve been busy. I’ve spent most of my time helping several startups get off the ground, some of which you’ll hear more about very soon. Among these, and the one I’ve spent the bulk of my energy on, is Medivizor. Over the next few weeks and months I’ll be sharing in this blog about the challenges that Medivizor is addressing, the challenges of starting a new company, and some of our experiences.

I’ll begin with a bit of the background. When thinking about what to do next, I had dozens of different ideas and opportunities to consider. In order to help me choose, I had set for myself criteria to evaluate the various opportunities. Two of the most important criteria were:

  1. Whatever I do, it should inspire me and I must be passionate about it.
  2. It had the potential to bring great benefit to the world (I realize it may sound pretentious, but it’s the truth).

The first, is obviously a mandatory criterion, and should be on every entrepreneur’s list – otherwise, it simply wouldn’t attract the attention and perseverance required to achieve it. I needed to firmly believe in the idea, the people, the value it would bring, the potential, and more. In any venture, there are many obstacles, ups, and downs – one must persevere to overcome them. If you don’t believe in the venture and aren’t passionate about it, those obstacles will soon become major barriers.

The second, however, is not on everybody’s list. I did not want to spend my time and energy on doing something that didn’t bring great benefit to people / the world. There were several ideas I ultimately rejected, even though they may have been lucrative. They could have helped some people or organizations, but ultimately, they wouldn’t leave the world in a better state than before. In fact, some even had a net negative impact. So these were rejected. I actually know of a few companies that are very successful, but the overall impact on the world due to their success is negative. I didn’t want to be involved in such efforts.

This quickly brought me to health – this is one area that has tremendous potential for the application of technology, in general, to software and the social web, in particular. In fact, the sky’s the limit. Everywhere I looked, things could be revolutionized or improved dramatically. We are really just at the tip of the iceberg in the application of technology in the area of health.

About Medivizor

So, a bit about Medivizor, which I’ll say much more about later (and you can read more on the web site, www.medivizor.com): Medivizor’s vision is to improve the lives of  people with serious medical conditions and those who care for them and to effectively apply software and the social web in the field of health for the betterment of humanity. This might sound a lofty goal, and indeed, it is. We want to change the world for the better!

You may wonder, how are we going to do that? Well, we’re beginning by tackling an important aspect of this: Personalized information updates for people suffering from chronic or serious medical conditions, or those who care for them.

Nowadays, if someone becomes seriously sick (with a chronic, life threatening, or quality of life threatening disease), more often than not, someone becomes a web researcher for any and all information about the medical condition – anything that might help. Sometimes it’s the person that’s sick, but often it’s their parents or another close family member or close friend. However, that process is far from effective or efficient. Quickly, they become inundated with too much information. Most of the information they actually get to, is not relevant for their specific condition. The information is written for scientists and medical professionals, and is very difficult to understand for most people – even well educated smart individuals. They find it difficult to know what to trust and what not to trust. How to interpret the information, which may even be conflicting. Much of the really promising and cutting edge research is published behind “pay walls”. Indeed, the most frustrating experience is when they develop a glimmer of hope that the new information in a research paper they read looks promising. So, they take it to their specialist and the doctor tells them it isn’t relevant because of some minute detail they couldn’t understand from the paper or about their condition.

Medivizor aims to solve all that. I’ll tell you more about how, soon. In the meantime, if you know of someone with a serious medical condition that may benefit from Medivizor, invite them to sign up (for free) to be in our early access program which begins next week (by invitation only).

Until we set up a blog at Medivizor.com, I’ll continue to write here.

As always, your thoughts, comments, and feedback are greatly appreciated!

17 Responses to Introducing Medivizor – My New Venture!

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Yuval Klein

November 13th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Good luck Tal! Have to say I don’t really want to use it, but if the time comes I sure will…

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Itamar Rogel

November 13th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Congratulations Tal! A lofty goal indeed – and one which is well-worth pursuing. Good luck!

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Frank Hoeflich

November 13th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Choosing a mitzvah makes the passion easy, Tal. Best of luck! Watch your HIPAA.

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Meredith Mundy

November 13th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Very cool! Working in a medical related industry now, there’s need to help people filter through the information that is out there. Making it specific to their needs is great! Looking forward to seeing more.

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Danny Zach

November 13th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Good luck with it!

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Eduardo Cardona

November 13th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Tal, Sounds like a needed hub of accurate information. My contratulations! . Will look for more details as you tell us more. I see the urgency for severe ill people to sort out options. It was not clear from the site if will expand to preventive actions for genetically predisposed people to certain ills for the long run, nor if will limited to traditional “FDA approved” style of treatments/medicine or will allow with some high marks alternative medicine and practices.

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Ilan Kirschenbaum

November 13th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Good Luck! Worthy cause indeed

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Andrew Harbourne-Thomas

November 14th, 2012 at 12:57 am

Great move and criteria. I suspect your timing is excellent, so the product development and marketing will be key. Medivizor is definitely one to watch and I wish you and the team every success. Look forward to keeping up with your progress. Will Medivizor be available internationally or limited (US) initially?

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Craig Farrell

November 14th, 2012 at 3:41 am

Good luck Tal! I hope this is a success for you and brings both knowledge and comfort to the people who use the service.

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Pete Buccellato

November 14th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Tal, this is really, really great. It’s terrific that you’re concentrating your efforts on something that’s really beneficial to society as a whole. Please keep us apprised on how everything progresses.

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Tal Givoly

November 14th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Thanks, everybody, for all the support and encouragement! Certainly reaffirms my personal feeling that we are on the heading in the right direction.

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Roy Ben-Alta

November 14th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Great one Tal. Good Luck

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Charles Born

November 24th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I hope I never need to use your service, but I’ve known many who could benefit from this. Good luck with your new venture – I know your passions always run deep and am sure you will make this a success.

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Logan Graham

September 17th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Hi Tal,

Really inspired by your vision for Medivizor. As a patient, I really personally connect with the need for knowledge translation like this. I sent you an email — hope to hear from you!

Logan

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Tal Givoly

September 17th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Thanks, Logan. Got your message and Ronen will be in touch! Tx for your encouraging words!

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Alexey Sapozhnikov

October 25th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Hello dear Tal.

I came to Medivizor’s site recently and would like to convey my truly
backing of this idea.

The crowdsourcing companies like Medivizor, CrowdMed , Hello.do, HealthTap are , without doubt, the next generation of today’s medicine. The goal of life saving via crowd’s wisdom is really honorable.

We should be proud to see the Israeli company in this row, so I wish a great success to all Medivizor’s team

Alexey

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Tal Givoly

October 25th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Thanks, Alexey!

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Tal PortraitTal Givoly has over 20 years of telecommunications technologies and software development experience, and has held management positions in technology, innovation, intellectual property, research, development, standards, and product management at Amdocs, XACCT, MIS, and other companies. Until March 2011 and for the 7-years prior, Tal was Chief Scientist at Amdocs and led innovation activities across the company.

Tal is a prolific inventor with over 25 granted patents. Tal is recognized for his passion for, and expertise in, innovation, being invited to speak at major industry events such as TeleManagement World, Mobile World Congress, CTIA and Billing & OSS World. He was also actively involved in industry forums and standard bodies including TM Forum, IETF, ATIS, and IPDR.org. Tal was a director on the board of IPDR.org and TM Forum. Tal has been named one of the top 10 people to follow in OSS/BSS.

Tal is now a full-time entrepreneur and inventor – focused on trying to build some world-changing companies. The most important startup Tal is now involved in is Medivizor, as Co-Founder and CEO. Occasionally, he shares his thoughts on this blog.