Sponsored by Eric Aroesty, C’92

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April 27, 2018

Jon M. Huntsman Hall

Startup Challenge Semifinalist MD Ally

MD Ally is an emergency telehealth company that allows 911 dispatchers to enable instant access to an ER physician for non-emergency 911 callers. Our team of physicians effectively advises the patient on the most appropriate site of care via an instantaneous telemedicine visit; reducing overutilization of the ER and driving savings for patients, payers, and municipalities.

How did you come up with this idea?

As the child of a volunteer EMT, I’ve heard many heroic, life-saving rescue stories. However, as an adult working in healthcare technology, I’ve also heard horror stories about technological limitations that prevented first-responders from delivering the best, and most timely, care. MD Ally‘s business model was born out of research that proves that injecting medical expertise into the 911 call flow provides callers with the guidance they need to make the right care setting decisions and ensure that critical emergency resources are reserved for patients with true emergencies.

How will your venture change the world?

911 emergency medical services is a part of healthcare that touches all of us; particularly when we’re at our most vulnerable. By reducing the non-emergency use of emergency resources, MD Ally “moves up the clock” of emergency care and improves first-responders’ ability to provide critical care and save lives.


Shanel Fields, WG’19
Randy Findley

Fun Facts:

  • Shanel Fields: Has a dog named Carter that is half Chihuahua and half German Shepherd.
  • Randy Findley: His high school job was a commercial crabber on the Chesapeake Bay

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