“After you work in your field for many years, its inefficiencies become all too apparent,” recounts Basit Chaudhry, a physician and medical technologist. Observing the inefficiencies in plain sight day after day, Basit resolved to start a venture. Called Tuple Health, it was a business formed from a question: How can we provide patients with high-quality healthcare at a lower cost?
“I believe fixing health care starts by focusing relentlessly on improving the user experience for patients and clinicians,” explains Basit. “I started Tuple Health as a means to solve these challenges by getting talented people from different fields to work together, including individuals with expertise in clinical care, health care finance, software development, mathematics and human-centered design.”
With an M.D. from New York University and a Ph.D. from UCLA, he was very successful in the medical field. In addition to being a physician, Basit was a medical scientist at IBM Research. There, Basit was a lead research clinician for IBM’s artificial intelligence computing system, Watson, famous for its victories on the quiz show Jeopardy!.
But Basit faced a challenge. He understood his industry, but he lacked the business or management experience to build a venture around his solution.
“The greatest value of the Bootcamp is its quality of experiential learning coupled with didactics of the methodology,” says Basit. “The thing you really can’t get elsewhere is the experiential part of it and being part of a community. You really do go through the struggle of entrepreneurship in microcosm.”
“The novelist E.L. Doctorow once said, ‘Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ I think entrepreneurship is difficult in a similar way,” explains Basit. “The route is dim. There’s no map. You can’t even see your destination clearly. All you have to guide you are the slivers of light that you can marshal directly in front of you. And that means it’s so important to approach life with a very particular kind of discipline. To be able to rely on a set of methods and approaches that can be repeated to find your way in the inevitable fog.”
“That discipline, those practices are your headlights,” continues Basit. “I came to the Bootcamp to better learn that discipline, to better enable myself to find the ambiguous glow needed to guide my team into our shared future.”
Since he attended the MIT Bootcamp, Tuple Health has been making steady progress towards its goals. It has been a struggle, but a positive one. “Because that’s the central experience of turning nothing into something, I think,” says Basit. “That’s the central experience of entrepreneurship: the struggle. We’re making progress with Tuple Health. I’m cautiously thrilled every day. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel so blessed.” He credits MIT’s Bootcamp with teaching him “emotion and discipline in equal measures.”