About Once Daily
Once Daily brings some of the latest, handpicked and insightful information in the healthtech space onto one platform. From start-ups, innovators, to visionaries, we bring you content that is inspiring, pushing boundaries, and potentially redefining how healthcare is delivered.
True to our name, we’ll be bringing you a piece of healthtech content every day, which includes innovations from around the world, but also in-depth reports, analysis and much more. Our aspiration is that our evolving community will explore this resource to learn, grow, connect or to simply satisfy their curiosity.
Dr Vinay Shankar – Founder
Ever since I was a little boy, I’ll admit I was a brat when it came to technology!
I’d pester my dad for new gadgets while saving all my pennies. It’s amazing how quickly those weekly 50p’s from gran added up. Usually, my best friend & I would walk up and down the electrical store on a Saturday in Preston town centre, fascinated by anything from HiFis to vacuum cleaners. I don’t know if it was just the bright lights and sounds, or the fact that what you could achieve seemed limitless.
As you might expect, I went on to study electronics in high school and was more of a circuit breaker than a heart breaker. I remember being one of the first to have one of those early mobile phones. The more affordable phones were the Motorola’s then – Brick phones, we called them, with a chunky aerial sticking out. Then came the slicker Nokia’s and Ericsson’s – I had a blue flip one!
The tech fascination persisted throughout my younger years into medical school and then in my early years of training. I began to see the intersection and potential of digital technology and health, the synergy played into my desire to do things differently, make improvements and innovate. I regularly questioned the current state, and my curiosity led me to diverse work over the last ten years. This includes clinical management & healthcare commissioning, digital health, creative writing, a board role within the charitable sector, and a short stint creating a startup in eco-fashion which had full traceability along the supply chain.
In October 2016, on weekends and late in the evenings, I started working on 15 Minutes with the Doctor. A podcast which focused on healthcare entrepreneurship & digital health innovation. Yes, I wanted to bring more of this content to the world so we can learn from each other and improve. But equally, I was already curiously spending a lot of time exploring and learning. It just made sense. And, it was the perfect excuse to buy some equipment for my shiny new home recording studio.
Once Daily is the next step of the vision. It’s something I’m still bootstrapping while working as a GP partner, clinical digital lead, clinical advisor in quality improvement and as a digital health content curator & advisor. But we are growing a space where unique ideas, insights and trends within healthtech are shared and where ultimately, like-minded people come together.
I’d love to chat with you to offer insights or advice, and help you solve any problems in your healthtech startup or company. Get in touch if you are also interested in digital health content creation or podcasting advice, recommendations for content, or if you’d like to be involved with our work.