A friend forwarded this article on to me. It is great to see the energy being put into innovation in healthcare IT—it certainly needs it.
I have attended a few talks on the challenges facing start-ups when entering the realm of healthcare applications. Not only is healthcare a complex domain, with established vendors too often hoarding data in closed systems, but the whole issue of potentially having to becoming a registered medical device manufacturer can be daunting. I am hoping that some entrepreneurs with experience in regulatory affairs and quality system management emerge to provide affordable consulting services to start-ups. Full-time regulatory staff are often expensive and bureaucratic.
I have a written a couple of papers on innovation in different sized companies and environments. They will be published in the next few months. Stay tuned.