Article on Raju Venkatraman in Financial Express

The managing director & CEO of Medall Healthcare Private Limited tells Sushila Ravindranath why diagnostics and imaging services need freeing up and, in the process, reveals his own making as an entrepreneur

Raju Venkataraman, managing director & CEO, Medall Healthcare Private Limited, is telling me that an ultra-sound test is the safest and cheapest diagnostic tool available, but there are not enough people available to do it. In India, only doctors and qualified professionals handle ultra-sound while most other countries train high-school graduates. This is one of the many frustrations the MD of Medall (Medicine for all) faces in his quest to provide premier healthcare services for the diagnostic and radiology imaging requirements of a diverse range of customers. “Would the IT revolution have happened if the government had insisted that only computer engineers can work in the industry?” he asks.

I am meeting Raju for dinner at the Royal Vega restaurant at the ITC Grand Chola, which is next-doors from his office. He is a serial entrepreneur who lived the American dream but never lost sight of his desire to give back to his country. He started two companies in the BPO space, scaled them up and sold them. Now he is all charged up, providing affordable healthcare, particularly in tier-II to tier-VI cities. “It is not a non-profit venture,” he says. We have just been served rasam flavoured with cumin seeds and curry leaves. Royal Vega promises a luxurious vegetarian dining experience. It has a special thali which represents the six flavours of South Indian food. The next round has banana flower vadais and crispy fried okra in yogurt.

Raju graduated from IIT, Madras in 1981 in chemical engineering. He opted not to go the US to pursue further studies, unlike most of his peers did. After getting his MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad, he landed his dream job in Cadbury, recruited as a management trainee. This was when Cadbury was trying to enter the fruit drink market with its apple-based drink, Apela. He created a system for buying apples, which was a seasonal fruit. He learnt about milk distribution as Cadbury had a 1,000-cows farm for its milk needs. “We needed more milk. In trying to source milk, I could see people setting up dairy farms and getting organised. I actually saw the White Revolution coming.

IIT-Madras to honour Anil Ananthaswamy and other alumni

CHENNAI: The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras will honour a science writer, an entrepreneur and academics and industry leaders with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Lalgudi V Ramanathan, head, Energy and Nuclear Research Institute in Brazil; Krishna Raghavachari, professor of theoretical chemistry, Indiana University, the US; Tirumalai S Sudarshan, president and CEO, Materials Modification Inc, the US; Venkatraman Sadanand, associate professor of neurosurgery, Lomo Linda University Medical Center, the US; Raju Venkatraman, founder, MD & CEO, Medall Healthcare Pvt. Ltd, Chennai; Ananth Agarwal, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, MIT, and president, edX, the US, are on the list of awardees.

Science writer and author of 'The Edge of Physics' Anil Ananthaswamy; Ramesh Govindan, professor in the department of computer science, University of Southern California; Kannan Lakshminarayan, founder & CTO, Vortex Engineering Pvt. Ltd, Chennai; and Sridhar Ramaswamy, senior vice president, Search Advertising, Google Inc, the US, will also be honoured with the award.

Announcing the list of awardees, IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said the institute selected them for their outstanding accomplishments in academics, research, technology, business, management, entrepreneurship and other walks of life.

Corporation of chennai Medical Health Camp

Corporation of chennai awarded medall for the services rendered during the medical health camp held between the 5th of Dec, 2013 to 9th of Dec, 2013.

MMA HR Conclave 2012

Raju Venkatraman MD, CEO ,Medall was the chief guest and delivered the Inaugural Address during the recently concluded HR Conclave organised by MMA with the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on the theme “HR Strategies for 2013: Understanding the Forces that will Shape the World of Work”

Eid- a life saving day for Nawaz and Vishnu

ROn the holy day of Eid Vishnu from kadappa share his experience in saving a life. "Nawaz and I were travelling officially to Pulivendula from Kadapa .

While we were on our way , we saw a person lying on the highway, bleeding. He must have hit the divider of the highway with his bike and skid. This was about 6 kms before Pulivendula. The blood started clotting on the highway when we reached but luckily the person was still breathing and alive.

We immediately took him to the Govt. Hospital in Pulivendula where he was administered saline and oxygen. We then took him to Dinesh Medical Center where the doctors cleaned him up a little bit. While we were talking to Dr. Ranadheer Reddy and Mr. Dinesh, the patient was sent to Kadapa.

Strangely enough, he has come to our Medall center in Kadapa for a CT Scan. The films revealed that the skull was broken and he has brain hemorrhage. He was later administered in Tirumala Hospital and hope is in good hands. The patient was bleeding profusely while he has come to our center. We hope he gets well soon.