Nat Turner had a good post the other day titled: Why aren’t there more traditional tech entrepreneurs in healthcare? It’s a good question and a good post, check it out when you get a chance. One of the reasons he cites for the lack of entrepreneurs in healthcare is “it’s really hard to learn the ropes”. I’ve dabbled in healthcare technology quite a bit over the last 8 or 9 years but now I’m completely immersed in it -- working with a unique product and talking with healthcare executives on a daily basis. And I have to agree with Nat -- it is hard to learn the ropes. Between the different payers, independent physicians, non-profit systems, for-profit systems, academic systems, Medicare, Medicaid, regulators, healthcare reform, meaningful use, EHR, different motivations and incentives, community considerations and more (never mind the clinical side)…to understand healthcare, you have to know a lot about a lot.
Over the last couple months I’ve picked up a multitude of information, insights and learnings that I think would be extremely valuable to tech entrepreneurs considering the space. With that in mind, I’m going to begin using this blog as a place to store many of those learnings. I’ll try to start with some of the practical basics and I’ll get more granular and complex as I go. At a minimum this will be a good place to store my own learnings, but I hope others will find it valuable as well.