We also know there is no unified interoperable platform between clinics, schools and the home
for sharing information and tracking a child’s progress. Our current system of disconnected paper notes and
systems that don’t talk to each other has contributed to ineffective interventions, an epidemic of overprescribing medications, and an increase in hospitalizations and ER visits all of which amount to an additional $236 billion in healthcare spending per year.
And finally, severe cutbacks to inpatient pediatric psychiatry beds has led to a situation in which
children and their families spend days on end in emergency rooms waiting to be placed in an inpatient bed.
In short, VeriCurious is the solution to fix these big problems affecting so many small people.
How It Works
Patients and parents answer a few questions on their cell phone each
The questions are created for the patients by doctors and clinicians using research
supported templates. VeriCurious learns from the answers, combines them with passive
data like location, school attendance and activity level. Machine Learning capabilities
provide predictive risk levels and preemptive actions to clinicians and parents.
When Gamze’s 12 years old son was diagnosed with general anxiety, high cognitive autism
and depression, she and her family engaged a large clinical team, along with school
specialists to support his needs. After a year in this journey, Gamze realized that there were
no data collection to measure and monitor the effectiveness of the treatments. Through her
involvement in the Autism Network, she found out that all parents and providers share her
pain and want to make a change. Gamze developed the first prototype for VeriCurious and
shared it with Dr. Funkenstein and Dot Lucci who specialize on children with neurodiverse
profiles. They were equally excited about tackling this problem. Shortly after that, Burak
joined the team with passion and energy, creating the very first version of VeriCurious
Gamze is a product management, sales and services executive with 15 years of P&L
management experience. She successfully led $300 Million portfolio of products at IBM
Watson IoT division. She has expertise in building profitable business units with extensive
background in team building, launching new products and services to market, achieving
strong revenue growth and improving operations margins.
David N Berkowitz
David N. Berkowitz PharmD comes to VeriCurious with a drive to reduce overprescribing of medications to
children, address the scarcity of inpatient pediatric psychiatry beds and to help improve the lives of his friends and
families currently struggling to deal with Autism and ADHD. He is currently the Assistant Director of Pharmacy at
Newton-Wellesley Hospital and former Director of Pharmacy Strategy for Pillo Health.
He completed a fellowship in digital health at Pivot Labs and obtained his PharmD at
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. His research centers on improving patient care through creation and implementation of
machine learning models to predict adverse drug events and studying artificial intelligence methods to predict drug-drug,
drug-disease, and/or drug-protein interactions. He is passionate about improving the clinician-patient relationship by
leveraging tools that bridge clinical care with human interactions, supporting patients to make safe and healthy choices at home,
implementing predictive models to improve medication safety and enabling data-driven driven healthcare through quantitative pharmacology
and machine learning.
Burak has a 10+ years experience in software development, with a focus on Internet of
Things, deep learning and cognitive science. He is an experienced entrepreneur, has
founded and sold previous companies. Burak is an avid champion for developing solutions
for children with neurological differences. He is actively involved in community development
efforts for children and youth.
Amy Funkenstein, MD
Dr. Funkenstein is a Harvard and Brown trained psychiatrist who treats adults, adolescents
and children struggling with anxiety, perfectionism and OCD. Dr. Funkenstein completed her
child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital, Warren Alpert Brown
School of Medicine.Dr. Funkenstein has received several teaching awards from Harvard and
Tufts medical students and residents and has published articles related to medical ethics
and mental health parity.
Dot has 30 years of experience working in a range of clinical, medical and educational
settings as a psychologist, special educator, researcher, college professor and program
director. She was the program director of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Autism
Program (Aspire) for 12 years. In addition, she created the autism program for EDCO
Collaborative. Dot’s specialities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Autism Spectrum,
program-design/development, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness.