Dr Harvey Castro Podcast Transcript

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Harvey Castro Podcast Transcript

Dr Harvey Castro joins host Brian Thomas on The Digital Executive Podcast.

Brian Thomas: Welcome to Coruzant Technologies, home of the Digital Executive Podcast.

Brian Thomas: Welcome to The Digital Executive. Today’s guest is Dr. Harvey Castro. Dr. Harvey Castro is a multifaceted American physician, healthcare consultant, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, executive coach, and author. His journey began with a challenging childhood raised by a teenage mother who immigrated to the United States.

Driven by determination, he pursued his medicine and political science education at notable institutions, including Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A& M University. The University of Texas Medical Branch and the University of Tennessee for an Executive MBA. Dr. Castro’s medical career commenced in 1991 with the U.

S. Army, later transitioning to various hospital roles, including an emergency room physician and medical director. He founded the Deep Pocket Series in 1998, developing over 30 medical applications. In 2017, he established Trusted Medical, growing it significantly and co-founding Prime Medical Staffing. Dr.

Castro is a medical advisor at Spring Tide Ventures, focusing on healthcare investment opportunities. He has authored the book Success Reinvention, contributed to medical publications, and served as a medical correspondent for NBC, Telemundo, and Univision. His accolades include being voted best doctor by D Magazine for nine consecutive years.

Brian Thomas: Well, good afternoon, Dr. Castro. Welcome to the show.

Harvey Castro: I appreciate you having me. Thank you so much.

Brian Thomas: You’re very, very welcome. I appreciate you making the time and jumping behind a mic no matter where we’re located in the world. We do these 50 countries now. So, appreciate you making the time and Dr. Castro, we’re going to jump right into your questions here. Let’s talk about your career in medicine. You are a physician, your partner Chief medical officer, senior executive and entrepreneur. Now you’re the author of CHAT GPT Healthcare and your new company CEO of Medical Intelligence Ops. Could you share with our audience the secret to your career growth and what inspires you?

Harvey Castro: You know, honestly, I think the secret sauce is pretty simple. Every time I am passionate about something and it happens to be a pain point in my life, I act on it. And without realizing it ends up becoming something very successful. And let me give you two quick examples. I was in the emergency room.

The iPhone one had just come out and I’m literally coding a patient, meaning the patient was dying. And I had to give special medicine to help them. And I told the nurse the type of IV medicine I needed. And unfortunately, she went and got a textbook, started thumbing through it, said, okay, yeah, that’s correct dose.

Okay, let’s start that medicine. And I thought, oh my gosh no, no we need to take care of people in seconds here in the emergency room. And so I thought, what if I taught myself how to program and I created an app called IV meds that basically can titrate medicine and correct medicines within three taps on your phone.

It’ll tell you the dose and I literally did it and it was the first app in the world and it went viral and it saved lives. And it was my secret to here’s a pain point. Here’s my passion to help others. And here’s the product. And so that was one of my, my, that’s my main reoccurring theme. The second was about a year ago, I was playing with ChatGPT and I thought, Oh my God, this is going to save people.

Let me tell the world. And literally I wrote a book on it overnight over that first month. I did nothing but write about it. And I ended up writing a book and on January 1st of 2023, chat, your PT and healthcare, the book came out.

Brian Thomas: Wow. That’s awesome. And Dr. Castro, I love the stories. Again, people have so many great stories.

And a lot of times it’s, they’ve been through some traumatic experience or challenge and they out, they came out the other end successful or helping or creating a. A solution for people. I love the story. I’ve been in health care about 20 years as well, by the way, so I can totally relate to that. And I’m so thankful that you’re out there inspiring others, but also saving lives.

So, Dr Castro, let’s switch gears here. You’ve served in many capacities throughout your career in health care, which 1 was the most rewarding.

Harvey Castro: You know, I’ve done everything from be a CEO, to be a doctor, to iPhone apps, to education in the medical schools. And honestly, it all goes back to the patient.

My biggest reward has been working in the ER, serving others. I think that’s just, it’s just hard to explain the feeling to be able to help another human being in need and just do it with all this love and passion for others. And that’s just such a big reward for me that I, it’s kind of even hard to explain.

Brian Thomas: Thank you. And I appreciate the diverse skillset knowledge and opportunities and roles you’ve served in over the years, which has obviously contributed to some of the great things that you’re providing to people in the world now, as far as health care. So, thank you and Dr Castro. Are there any new projects or books?

You know, you talked about a book here. Back in January, but any projects or books you’re working on, and is there anything you might be able to share with us today?

Harvey Castro: Yeah. So there’s two big projects I’m working on. One is I’m working with a name of doctor named Dr. Anthony Chang. And basically, he and I are working on a book on a simple handbook on AI and healthcare.

What are the tools out there? How can I use it today to help my patients? And we’ve been working on it all year. And every time we think we’re done some new big instrument from AI comes out there. We’re like, okay, we need to add that to our book. The other project that I’m very passionate about is it’s through my medical intelligence ops company.

And basically, what we’re doing is we’re going to hospital systems and saying, Hey, what are your pain points? What do you need help with? And then we come in with AI solutions, either. Okay. Other companies are doing or in house that we can create for them for our patients. And so big picture if say, the keyboard is an issue because your doctor, when you see him or her is looking away at the keyboard.

And 1 of the things that we can come in is create that voice to text. We’re now that voice is going right into the and you don’t have to worry about typing. So those kinds of things are the fun project for 2024.

Brian Thomas: I love it. Love it. Again, you’re just building upon what you’ve already built up upon in the past.

Some of those successes and solutions love it. And can’t wait to have you back on the podcast to talk about these things next year. So, Dr. Castro, last question of the day, are you leveraging any new and emerging technologies in your business? Which I’m sure you are, but if not, have you found a cool tool or app you might?

Share with us today.

Harvey Castro: Yeah. So, one of the ways we’re leveraging or that I personally leverage technology and the one if I had to call it an app or tool, I’m going to take it from a big broad. It’s the broad type is AI. More specifically, I am using chat GPT. And I’m using it in ways that I feel like other doctors are not.

For example, if I have a patient that’s an asthmatic, and I have to explain something really complex, I go into Dolly and basically make a coloring book for this pediatric child that I can explain this very complicated, Disease process and I break it down to through chat to see how it would talk to a 5 year old and then I make pictures and create a coloring book.

And then literally, I hand that to the child and say, this is your discharge summary. And I think it’s just such a cool idea of how to use technology. And then big picture, I’ve had over 12 books this year and all of them, I’ve been using AI to help me with the editing, help me with the different concepts, help me develop the different chapters.

So, I’m really using AI to another level.

Brian Thomas: Love that. And that’s really the good side of AI. I know there’s been a lot of negative. Negative articles and commentary opinions on how AI is going to take over the world and destroy us all. Right. But I think with people like you that are going into this with the right reasons, and obviously we’d be cautious along the way, I think we’re going to really make this world truly a better place because of people like you.

So, thank you. And Dr Castro is such a pleasure having you on today. And I look forward to speaking with you real soon.

Harvey Castro: Thank you so much for having me. And I look forward to our next time we meet.

Brian Thomas: Bye for now.

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