After years as an award-winning pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist, Michael M. Segal MD PhD elected to combine his passions for medicine and computer science by founding SimulConsult. Years earlier, during his residency, he had first written some decision support software for diagnosis, but the lack of computer use in medicine caused him to put the idea on hold and take a faculty position at Harvard Medical School.
As the Web emerged as a new means for delivering the diagnostic decision support, and as doctors began to use computers, Dr. Segal founded SimulConsult and began working on the product part-time while he continued on the faculty of Harvard.
He turned his attention full-time to the company in 2002 and led the effort to build the database to its present level of over 5,000 diagnoses, as well as wrote the core software, based on a detailed temporal-based statistical model, and launhed case-based education using the software for residents in cooperation with the Child Neurology Society and the Professors of Child Neurology.
Lynn Feldman, Harvard MBA joined him in mid-2008 as CEO, and has helped build a business around the product. SimulConsult got its first outside capital in October 2008.