Philipp Schaad’s professional career started at the Cantonal Hospital in Olten, where he worked as a nurse. While working in hospitals, he became interested in IT topics. This curiosity led to his decision to change career paths and start his medical informatics studies at the Berne University of Applied Sciences.
With his new know-how, Philipp started working as a consultant for clinical information systems – advising hospitals and clinics. While working with these institutions, he came in contact with data-related topics in the health sector and he decided to pursue a master’s degree in data science at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. At MTIP, Philipp helps to mature the healthcare system regarding data readiness.
What role does design play nowadays?
When developing or creating a product, design is everything. A lot of people think of design as something that looks appealing. But good design just feels "right". This can be a user-friendly device or tool, software design, or the infamous "Norman Door" example. Thus, for the companies we are in contact with daily, an excellent design is crucial to outdo the competition and become successful. That's why we also must be experts at sound design and be able to analyse and support them.
How important is communication?
It is one of the most crucial topics to work or even live together successfully. Open, honest, and transparent dialogues are the key to success. Be it internally in the company or with external partners and contacts. I believe that the emphasis on conscious communication has become even more critical in today's world, dominated by asynchronous communication with short messages and remote work.
What was your dream job when you were little?
When I was young, my favourite cartoon character was Gyro Gearloose, the inventor from Duckburg. Inspired by him, I dreamt of inventing flying cars, time travelling and teleportation, and making the world a better place. I feel this inventive spirit now that I work for MTIP – in our daily operations and interactions with the various entrepreneurs.