Flashback to high school. Remember when someone from your class wouldn’t be there for a couple of days... and then a week, and then a couple of weeks. The rumors about what was up with that kid would begin to seep out of the air vents, reaching everyone and spreading around the school.
What does it take to be a successful woman in healthcare technology?
I have a rather mixed bag of thoughts when it comes to the topic of “women in healthcare”, mainly because my childhood experiences with healthcare are closely linked to women. While I grew up feeling like the two were one in the same, my adult-self has come to know that women are not particularly well-represented in the healthcare field.
When I first began working in healthcare 14 years ago, it was using a DOS-based system on a terminal computer for admitting and registering patients at Elkhart General Hospital in northwest Indiana. I didn’t have my own cell phone yet and the idea of buying a laptop made me nervous because so many people had experienced catastrophic crashes with them. They just didn’t seem as stable as a desktop, you know?
In other words, I began working in the stone age.
With an influx of digital health funding, more and more professionals from other verticals are flocking to healthcare in search of new challenges. Due to this, I find myself being asked how to sell healthcare technology to health systems, and ultimately having the same conversations week after week.
Millennials catch a lot of flak about their usage of phrases and acronyms—lol, wtf, omg, fomo, nsfw, af, tbh, etc. IMO, the only group of people using more confusing jargon are those in the healthcare industry.
With the new year fast approaching, we took some time to think about the future of healthcare and predict what significant stories we'll see play out over the next year. Join us as we gaze into our snow covered crystal ball (it’s cold here in Wisconsin) for seven bold healthcare predictions for 2017.
I’ve probably seen 20 different articles since the election talking about echo chambers and the idea that social media (along with the people we surround ourselves with) simply echo back to us what we already believe to be true.
If you bring up blockchain in a normal conversation, most people will immediately start thinking about bitcoin.
They’ve probably never used it, but they’ve heard enough to acknowledge it as some “new kind of money”.
If you fall into this category, (don’t feel bad, you’re in good company), I’d suggest you check out this quick explainer video before reading further, because this post about blockchain has nothing to do with money.