Annabel Sandford is a large-scale AI assisted software engineer and the co-founder of eVista Data Technologies, a Miami-based AI company, as well as the founder of Diagnostical Medical Systems.
She offers customized software solutions and consulting in almost all artificial intelligence fields in collaboration with her business partner Eduardo.
Annabel discusses her own experiences as a founder and the lessons she has learned along the way in this interview.
With each passing day, your popularity and list of accomplishments grows.
But how did all of this happen?
Please tell us about your background, childhood, and interests that have led you to where you are now.
I was born into a family that was fairly simple. We didn’t have much money at the time.My mother worked in retail and my father served in the military.
I’ve aspired to be the first person to achieve the American dream since I was a child.
Growing up in South Florida, you see all kinds of folks going around in flashy automobiles and spouting cash. One of them was someone I aspired to be. I’ve always wished for more.
Why should we feel proud to be part of the 99 percent when the 1% are physically driving
Ferraris right in front of our eyes?
When I was living with my cousin, god bless her, seeing her succumb to her drug addiction, I knew I wanted to change not just my life, but also create opportunities for everybody around me. I didn’t just want me to achieve all the goals I have, but also wanted to share it with as many people as I could. Today my mission is to create projects that accelerate positive changes in life through breakthrough technologies, innovations, and human evolution.
I grew up in South Florida. In elementary school, I was the only white child. Because I didn’t fit in, the other kids used to pick on me, which left me traumatized for the rest of my life. That is why I feel it is critical to be compassionate, loving, and caring to those around you. You see a lot of wealthy folks down here in Florida, including entrepreneurs like me. They are bullies, not humans. They behave in the same way that elementary school students do: greedy, predatory, and undesirable. My principles, I believe, are my most significant advantage. I respect my staff as though they were members of my family. Their well-being takes precedence. I attended college in Cologne, Germany, and worked as a developer for the German Federal Ministry of the Environment. Later, I was employed by NBC Europe, which was looking for American candidates to fill positions in Germany (for whatever reason). Many German television stations approached me with proposals as a result of my success at NBC, including ProSiebenSat1 Media SE, Germany’s second largest entertainment venture. The unbeaten #1 RTL Group, on the other hand, promised me more. RTL is also situated in Cologne, where I attended university; the studio was only three stops from campus. Compare that to the 16 hours I had to spend commuting to NBC twice a week. I was a lead content management system developer at RTL, which was a lot of fun! It’s a pleasant feeling to know that the software I wrote powers not only almost all German federal agencies, but also the country’s largest television outlets. Studying in a different country provided me with a broad understanding of global perspectives on business, projects, and technology that have the potential to make a difference.
Could you please tell us more about your professional background and projects? So, what precisely do you do?
When I returned to the United States, I was unemployed and a single mom. I was offered a large sum of money to stay in Germany, but I chose to leave to pursue my childhood dreams. By sheer coincidence, an old friend of mine mentioned that he was looking for a program for his company but couldn’t find one that met his requirements. I’ve built a program that delivers everything he asked for – and more. He was enthralled and wanted to partner with me to build a business. That was last year, in the midst of the pandemic. Diagnostical Medical Systems was founded as a result of our collaboration. My time in Germany taught me that the country, and Europe as a whole, are woefully underdeveloped in terms of digital technology. It’s incredible that they’re still utilizing Fax machines in 2021. My partner and I traveled to Europe and spoke with executives from several medical fields. Hospitals, local doctor’s offices, even clinics are all examples of healthcare facilities. We now power 3% of all clinics in Germany and Luxembourg with AI-controlled software that we maintain. Everything they need is written by us, from databases to simple administration software. What sets us apart from the competition is our low cost, as well as the fact that AI datasets aid in the software’s forecasts. Our software, in principle, can assist doctors and surgeons in calculating what might happen to a patient. Our AI is incredibly reliable, with an accuracy rate of over 80%. We are actively working to raise that percentage to over 90% by 2023.
We desire to appeal to all other sectors besides medicine via eVista Data Technologies. Construction, law, and even infrastructure industries such as waterworks and power plants are all examples. At the moment, our most important partner is Florida Power & Light, which is collaborating with us on cutting-edge AI-controlled software solutions for the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station. Personally, I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together.
What has been your most difficult professional hurdle, and how have you handled it?
My biggest challenge has been approaching prospective customers. It’s not tough to sell things to clients who actually need them. It’s also not difficult to locate them. But it requires bravery to stand in front of them and approach them. It takes a lot of self-assurance to sell oneself as skilled enough, especially if you’re a woman in the IT field.
Do you think AI will pose a danger to currently available jobs? Do you not feel awful about being a crucial figure in the potential destruction of jobs?
Our software does not, at any stage, take the position of a human; rather, it assists instead of replacing the human part. Our purpose is to assist rather than to replace. It’s critical to develop a symbiosis between healthcare workers and AI, especially in the medical sector. Rather than posing a danger, our AI evaluates and recommends. In making decisions, having a human, educated and informed viewpoint is critical.
Is there one thing you learnt early on and have used frequently throughout your life that you can share with our readers as guidance for the future?
Staying focused on what you’re doing is the most important thing I learnt. The first lesson is to never commit to anything that does not immediately thrill you or make your wish come true. The second lesson is to keep your eyes focused on your ambitious objectives and to praise yourself on even minor accomplishments and outcomes. When you think about taking another small step toward making your dream a reality on a daily basis, your brain receives positive encouragement, which allows you to achieve your goals more quickly and efficiently.
Do you have a certain mindset that you prefer to stick to? If so, what exactly is it?
My theory is that each of us has limitless potential and was put on this planet to make a difference. We shouldn’t just go through the motions of existence. Every person has the ability to influence others through their mindset and daily activities. I’m doing what I can to ensure a brighter future for our world since that’s the only way it can happen. My mentality is to think outside of the box and to operate without boundaries. We should strive to improve our society and people’s lives on a daily basis. Our imagination is the only limit.