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Episode 10: We Don't Need to Die Together: A Surprising Path for More Harmony in Healthcare

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“Our mission has always been to add just 1% improvement to healthcare and make life better for clinicians,” shares Professor Shahram Yousefi, PhD. As an experienced professor and healthcare entrepreneur, Professor Yousefi designed a program called Mesh AI to improve the healthcare field by automating scheduling. 

When healthcare workers are burnt out, mistakes get made that impact health outcomes for patients. After experiencing this first hand, Dr. Yousefi decided to put his years of academic research into finding a solution to help reduce burnout in the healthcare field.

And this is how Mesh AI was created. 

This system is designed to determine the most equitable schedule for each healthcare worker while cutting down the amount of time it takes to create the schedule. In fact, Mesh AI reduces the time it takes to make the schedule from 10 hours down to just 2 minutes. While it is largely automation, Mesh AI ultimately requires a clinician to run the program, allowing healthcare workers to stay in control of the process.

Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst for a conversation with host Dr. Lara Salyer and special guest Professor Shahram Yousefi to learn more about the importance of scheduling, preventing burnout, and how Mesh AI is designed to make life easier for healthcare professionals across the country.

About Professor Shahram Yousefi, PhD, PEng, SMIEEE:

Dr. Shahram Sean Yousefi co-founded Canarmony Corp. (Health IT, 2014), MESH Scheduling Inc. (Staff Scheduling, 2018), and OPTT Inc. (Mental Health, 2018) to apply algorithms and intelligence to make life better and more harmonious (all B2B SaaS).

He currently leads the flagship product Mesh AI as Mesh Scheduling Inc. works relentlessly to reduce the impacts of Healthcare’s number one problem globally: shortage of workforce. Mesh AI’s is a “clinician-first” healthcare staff scheduler that democratizes the fair and efficient scheduling process in terms of both cost/access and process/ease of use.

Mesh AI has been serving healthcare teams in Canada, the US, and as far away as Australia since 2018 and was a semi-finalist for the Sharp Index Award in the technology category (to reduce clinician burnout) at the Healthcare Burnout Symposium held in San Francisco in January 2022.

One of Shahram’s patents in the area of data storage was licensed to revolutionize a $500b solid-state storage industry. Shahram admires entrepreneurs and advises a number of ventures.”

In This Episode We're Talking About:

  • You can have the cake and eat it too!
  • Wellbeing of clinicians is not mutually exclusive with patient outcomes, better access/cost, and all the other cost functions we optimize for in healthcare. The former is the prerequisite for the rest.
  • Today’s technology makes a better healthcare industry possible if built and deployed properly.
  • Nor more EHR backfires!


  • “The way the system is designed is to understand that in order to come up with a good call schedule or shift scheduling structure, you need to ask questions. If you don’t ask the right questions, you’re not going to get the answer.” (16:51-17:03)


  • “Life does not happen on schedule. Things change. You deal with this thing called the global pandemic, and that completely throws a wrench into your system. So we need to have a system that is adaptive and responsive.” (20:58-21:11)


  • “Our mission has always been to add 1% improvement to healthcare while also make life better for clinicians.” (23:40-23:47)

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About The Catalyst Host, Dr. Lara Salyer:

I worked as a family physician for 15 years until burnout changed the trajectory of my career. I realized I wanted to start a holistic functional medicine practice in my rural hometown and made it happen. In addition to practicing functional medicine, I now mentor practitioners who are looking to change their paths in healthcare by using what I refer to as the “Catalyst Roadmap”. I share each step of this framework with listeners so that they may apply it to their careers, relationships, personal goals, and projects. 

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