Jason Berek-Lewis Creator, Healthy Startups
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... or maternal child and health centre, or general practice, or 24 hour emergency clinic or tent in the middle of the desert.
Every day, in each one of these health services and more, entrepreneurs are building teams, finding new investors, building new solutions, out caring their competition. They are disruptors, innovators, entrepreneurs or you might call them doctors, nurses, psychologists, surgeons, midwives, cardiologists...
In the West, high government debt, budget deficits, doctor shortages and ageing populations are creating 'perfect storms' for disruptors, people who are looking at old systems, tearning down the 'way we always do it' and building something new.
My vision for Healthy Startups has always been to champion these thinkers and doers, and I have done so where I can, but I also hope their stories and other posts on this blog can inspire the startup in your hospital or healthcare service.
You don't have to build the next big thing in health apps, or create a diagnostic attachement that works with an iPhone, but there are plenty of areas within hospitals and other health services that are crying out for disruption.
My number one tip for disrupting your health service and starting your own in house startup: really care about your patients. Not about treating their illness or successfully completing their surgery. Really care about your patients: know who they are, who they love, who loves them, what matters most in their lives. Patients are more than illnesses in broken bodies. Patients are more than analytics, treatment codes, health insurance forms and medication merchants. Each of them has a real story that is much bigger than just their condition.
Understand that and you have disrupted everything and your hospital is now a startup.
Where are you building your hidden startup? What do you plan to disrupt?