Thuy Le Master Health Informatics UC Davis BDF

Thuy Le
A social networking application to support care coordination for people undergoing chemotherapy

Note: Thuy Le was a Business Development Fellow in 2019/20. This interview was conducted in winter 2020.

Thuy Le is a pursuing her M.S. in health informatics at UC Davis. She was previously research coordinator for UC Davis Health’s “All of US” program.

Le wants to play a role in the way information technology is organized and analyzed to improve health outcomes for patients.  Specifically, she plans to work with providers to design methods for data collection that are more inclusive of patient and caregiver perspectives. ”As a health informaticist, I want to spur our transition from reactive medicine to preventative medicine through innovative, efficient and useful data infrastructures.” she says.

In a nutshell, describe your project or venture.

My thesis project assesses the impact of a social networking application designed to support care coordination for individuals undergoing chemotherapy.  The two-arm study compared patients receiving nurse care coordination with and without the technology over six months of cancer treatment. 

What are you most passionate about in your work?

My passion for health informatics is deeply rooted in my passion to help others. 

I wish to collaborate with other clinicians, entrepreneurs, researchers, patients and caregivers to design useful products for patients and clinicians.

What was the most important thing you learned at the Entrepreneurship Academy?

Break down your research into a layperson’s terms and develop your elevator pitch. Sometimes, all you have is 30 seconds to sell your idea!

What is the most unexpected advice you received from a mentor?

Be bold.  Don’t be afraid to ask others to bet on a billion-dollar idea.

What is most valuable about attending classes at the Graduate School of Management alongside MBA students?

The MBA classes are incredibly valuable because they teach the fundamentals of what it takes to be an entrepreneur and innovator. 

We’re learning how to be leaders, how to test out our ideas and the financials behind bringing an idea to market.

What is the most useful thing you have learned in the GSM classroom?

Visiting Assistant Professor Kay Peters’ New Product Development course is extremely insightful and showed me it is truly possible to develop and refine a great idea in a relatively short period of time. Within just five weeks, we learned how to develop a product, prototype it, test it in the market and develop a go-to-market strategy.

How will your experiences as a Business Development Fellow help you to change the world?

The fellowship pushes me out of my comfort zone because I typically concentrate on research methods or programming. I applied for the program in hopes of learning how to bring the resources we test in our clinical trials to the public. Now, I am learning how to commercialize my ideas and build a company that can deliver these useful products to the masses.

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