Dr. Sophie Chung (Co-Founder, CEO) and Gero Graf (Co-Founder, COO) © Anne Schönharting
What inspired you to found your startup?
While working in the healthcare industry, I understood that access to healthcare is a global problem. Often, it’s a combination of cost, wait time and lack of treatment quality that which keeps people from getting medical treatment from the right doctor, at the right time, for an affordable price. I started Qunomedical to bring transparency into the global healthcare market so that patients are empowered to make informed decisions.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
We’re putting the patient first. Every single patient who finds the right place for his medical treatment through Qunomedical means success for me and my team. We are working tirelessly to create this digital platform to accelerate access to high-quality medical treatments regardless of patient’s location or level of income.
Is there anything you’d do differently if you could do it again?
Nope. – Not In the grand scheme of things.
What problem does your product solve?
Access to medical treatment is still limited to local healthcare providers for a lot of people. Globalisation, unfortunately, hasn’t penetrated healthcare yet. But what, if you run out of local options or your local options are subpar? We are democratising access to healthcare by removing its borders and offering a global healthcare opportunity to all people in need.
Where do you see your company in 1/5/10 years?
Stronger, bigger and more efficient – a global digital health platform helping more people than ever stay healthy. In line with our guideline: Move slow to move fast, we want to generate sustainable growth.
How are you different?
We are Patients First. We build our product centered around the needs of the patient – not hospitals, health insurances or doctors. We work for patients, nobody else – this allows us to give patients an unbiased and transparent overview of the options they have. We are data-driven. Instead of having to browse through massive amounts of confusing information, we only show patients high quality facilities that we’ve selected through our proprietary quality scoring algorithm.
How often does your product/service show up in a user’s day or week?
Patients can use Qunomedical to browse for high quality clinics and doctors offering their desired treatment abroad and receive free quotes and treatment plans. We do the legwork for the patient and we take care of everything they need. Undergoing surgery is a huge decision and nothing you do daily or weekly, but every patient who went abroad with us can tell that after the treatment Qunomedical is part of every day live.
Impact: how are you doing good and building a better future?
I believe that there is an opportunity to fundamentally transform how patients access and experience healthcare. By starting Qunomedical, I’m on a mission to connect patients with the very best accredited doctors and hospitals so that they can receive high-quality treatment at an affordable price.
How has the startup scene in Berlin changed?
Berlin is the most vibrant startup city in Europe. More and more German and international investors have recognised that. Not only that. More and more talented young people from all around the world flock to Berlin to pursue their visions. At the same time, cost of living is relatively low. The combination of those factors make Berlin a fruitful ground for startups.
What are the pros and cons of launching your startup from Berlin?
The big pro for Berlin is that there no cons.
There’s enough funding in the market, an amazing international talent pool and cost of living levels that allows start-ups to operate more efficiently financially. Not to mention the cultural and social perks of living in such an artisan, liberal city. It is an inspiring place.
Bonus Question: Anything else that we need to know about you?
I’m a karate black-belt and have won eating competitions.
Qunomedical was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Berlin“, October 2017.