In our Meet the Member series, we showcase the creative professionals in The Shop’s vibrant community who are making an impact in their industry. From non-profit organizations, to software developers, design firms, and more– our members represent a diverse range of backgrounds and businesses.
Your next personal or professional connection might be working in the Commons area right next to you. We’ll help you discover them.
Huzefa Dossaji, VP of Business Development at Certintell Telehealth, typically has a jam-packed day at The Shop at the CAC. When he’s not hosting web meetings with clients and prospective partners, he’s spreading the news about Certintell, a telemedicine solution designed for smartphones, allowing low-income patients, who frequently only have access to the internet through their phone, the ability to connect remotely with their care team. This includes secure messaging and pictures; HIPAA compliant video; scheduling capability (with a virtual waiting room feature); payment processing; and more.
We caught up with Huzefa to talk about the impact of co-working, future Certintell partnerships, and being a founding member of The Shop.
How did you first become aware of The Shop?
I was invited to be a part of the IdeaVillage and NOLABA’s IdeaTour and received a tour while The Shop was still under construction. I loved the concept and am happy to say that I am one of the founding members of The Shop.
What does your day-to-day look like at Certintell Telehealth? Has The Shop’s co-working environment impacted your work?
When I am not traveling, my day-to-day consists mostly of web meetings with clients, prospective clients, and partners. The Shop’s co-working environment has been an amazing experience. I have had the privilege of building a strong relationship with other entrepreneurs in the healthcare space and beyond. In fact, it is through the shop that I met our now Medical Advisor Dr. Shawn Hamilton who attended a Shop Function while visiting from California.
What’s your favorite thing to do in New Orleans outside of work?
Teaching Tai Chi & Kung Fu, experiencing local theatre – especially fellow Shop members The NOLA Project (shout out to A.J. Allegra!), live music… and I consider myself a foodie and wino 😉
What are some exciting projects Certintell has coming down the pipeline?
We are a social impact company and pride ourselves on helping to increase access to care for the underserved.
We are proud to be working with Safety Net Hospitals & Community Health Centers all over the country who utilize our telehealth solution for their behavioral health/substance abuse programs. Three exciting projects include a telehealth/rpm program with the Louisiana Primary Care Association to help role out telehealth and remote patient monitoring to health centers in Louisiana, a diabetes pilot program with four health centers in North Carolina and the beginnings of a collaboration between Certintell, Access Community Health (with fellow Shop Member, Dr. MarkAlain Derry) and Integrative Behavioral Health Research Institute (IBHRI).