4: “The Key is doing what you Love” with Dr. Qi Li, Director of Global Product Innovation at InterSystems

Dr. Qi Li shares his love for technology, solving problems, and journey building innovative healthcare products.

The ModernMD: Dr. Qi Li

Dr. Qi Li, MD, MBA is a physician executive and Director of Global Product Innovation at InterSystems. Qi previously held product leadership roles at Harris Healthcare, Partners Healthcare, and several start-up healthcare IT companies. At Partners Healthcare in Boston, Dr. Li led the internal development of Longitudinal Medical Records (LMR) that was adopted enterprise wide by 7,000-plus physicians.

Success Quote:

“The key is doing what you love” – Qi Li

White Coat to Business Suit:

Dr. Li shares his journey as world traveler and consultant before medical school. After graduating from Tufts MD/MBA program he transitioned straight into the business world. Listen as Dr. Li shares his experience leading and building breakthrough products for PatientKeeper, Partners Healthcare, Carefx and Intersystem. Below are a few highlights:

Was the transition easy?

Qi had a background in the consultant and was confident in his abilities to perform in the business world.

Have you had any challenges not doing a residency?

He always positions himself as a technologist with a clinical background and understanding of top-level healthcare goals.

Idea to Venture:

The Idea: Are you idea person or operations person? Dr. Li shares his big idea at PatientKeeper to create the best user experience for physicians.

Failures: Expect ups and downs and learn to calculate risks. He is conservative with his overall approach to risk but aggressive with pushing product.

Lesson Learned: You cannot do everything yourself – learn to let others be responsible for core parts of what you want to achieve.

Business Rounds:

Books recommend: Blue Print to a Billion: Seven Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth by David G. Thomson

Golden Prescriptions for your Success: Communication is key, learn to sell your ideas, and change your communication style to fit your audience.

Daily discipline: Reads The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) every morning.


Twitter: @DrQiLi

4 Responses to 4: “The Key is doing what you Love” with Dr. Qi Li, Director of Global Product Innovation at InterSystems
  1. Bob Coli, MD Reply

    Hello Dr. Li,

    Since the inception of medical computing in the 1960s, EMRs and EHRs have used variable reporting formats to display clinical lab, imaging and all other available diagnostic test results to end users as hard to read, incomplete and fragmented data. Unfortunately, these same infinitely variable user interfaces have also been adopted by all public, private enterprise and hybrid HIEs in the United States and the EU countries.

    One practical way to help both physicians and patients view, understand, and share cumulative diagnostic test results in the HealthShare HIE platform’s physician and patient portals much more efficiently is to display these results as complete, integrated and actionable information. This can be accomplished by utilizing an intuitive, standard reporting format that classifies the more than 7,500 available tests into clinically logical categories and subcategories.

    Do you think that standardizing and clinically integrating the antiquated processes involved in test results reporting, viewing and sharing might be one IT innovation that could help competitively differentiate the workflow value of the HealthShare platform both in the United States and internationally?

    • Qi Li Reply

      Dr. Coli,
      I agree with your assessment. Standardization and grouping where appropriate the results are essential to view information. But this won’t make it actionable. What would love to see is the treatment response or feedback to consumer where the results are visually aligned with intervention. This has been done elegantly in consumer apps such as Twine Health. Aside from the ontology required to support this, the medical knowledge is evolving which makes it hard to keep up. This is where I see crowd sourcing being a disruptive force.
      In addition, we found the context of the results, even with all th standards such as CDA, could still be misleading. Therefore, we have a long way to go.
      A more tangible area is actually the analytics that can perform more processing and fix the idiosyncrasies with the source data.

  2. Rick Reply

    Hi Dr. Li,

    What would you recommend for an MD who, just like yourself, has not done a residency and is not licensed and is looking to get an industry job in pharma or medical devices? Do you advise getting an MBA as you have done, or some other master’s degree, or just trying to get a job (not easy to do as these fields are hard to break into and companies are often looking for many years of clinical experience)?

  3. click here Reply

    I truly appreciate you finding the time to share these records with us.

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