What healthcare wants from startups

Healthcare startups are booming in number and popularity as the industry is continuously seeking innovative ideas to help transform care tools and delivery.

At a recent event hosted by IT consulting firm MSDI in Boston, leaders from some of the area's biggest healthcare institutions discussed what they want in healthcare innovation, according to a Boston Business Journal report.

Joshua Di Frances, manager of innovation strategy and digital health at Brigham Innovation Hub, said he is most concerned with outcomes and is looking for solutions that are proven to work. He also mentioned he looks for innovations that integrate into how a hospital already operates, according to the report.

Mandira Singh, senior manager of business development and More Disruption Please at athenahealth said the problems that need to be fixed first are the ones that aren't so glamorous, like reducing wait times, minimizing patient no-shows and getting patients to pay. "[Help] providers run a business," Ms. Singh said.

Pothik Chatterjee, innovation strategy and venture manager at Brigham and Women's Hospital indicated a need for innovative solutions to help patients outside the hospital, largely those that reduce readmissions.

Stephen Agular, managing director for Zaffre Investments, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield, said they look for solutions that increase patient engagement, help manage patients at a lower costs and tools to get help to chronic disease patients sooner.

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