Nasrin Hafezparast

Co-Founder and CTO of Outcomes Based Healthcare

What does your job entail?

I am co-founder and CTO of Outcomes Based Healthcare. We are a health technology start up and our mission is to change the way healthcare is paid for. Payments by outcomes that matter to people would mean we are changing the way we pay to improve people’s outcomes and people’s health.

How did you get where you are today?

I studied computer science at university and then trained as a doctor before combining my expertise and experience in my role at Outcome Based Healthcare.
Being brought up Iranian in the UK had a big impact on where I am today. There was always a strong emphasis on learning and being really good at maths. All the way through primary and secondary school, there was a big emphasis on maths and science.

What is the biggest risk you have taken?

A lot of people would say that leaving computer science and starting on a new journey and re-training, or leaving medicine, was a really big risk. For me, I see a risk as something as losing the roof over my head. None of those things were actually big risks for me, they were difficult decisions, but I didn’t feel like I was risking anything if I got it wrong. It would be an experience gained and a lesson learnt, and I would use that in my next journey.

What do you love about working in the data industry?

I love the power of data in finding things that are currently unknown. Especially in healthcare data, there is a lot of data we collect at the point of care. There is vast amount of information that we collect and use continuously and passively in-between GP or hospital visits that could be really insightful to understanding medicine.

If you keep your eyes open, if you have your aim and mind set on where it is you want to be in the future, things will surprise you.
What significant object have you chosen?

My grandfather was a fine arts metal engraver. In the 1930s he had a workshop in Iran. One day my father was walking in a market in Amersham and he noticed a silver plate. He looked at the plate in more detail, and saw his father’s signature. How that object came from Iran, in 1930 and ended up in a market stall in Amersham, is really up to your imaginations.
People often think that life is about chance and luck. But actually, if you keep your eyes open, if you have your aim and mind set on where it is you want to be in the future, things will surprise you, and things will come up in unintentional ways and settings that you would never expect that will give you new opportunities for the future.