What does it take for a physician to become a health information technology entrepreneur?
"I liked both medicine and computers growing up, so I studied Biomedical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where I wound up programming and working with a variety of PhDs and MDs.
When I went to the University of Illinois College of Medicine, I was fortunate to have a mentor in Arthur Elstein, PhD, who had founded the Society for Medical Decision Making and created our med school's initial Informatics Department. I became his research assistant, worked on a variety of informatics projects and realized that I wanted this to be part of my career.
Over the years, in addition to being a primary care physician, I accumulated a diverse set of technology and business experiences, from serving as the Medical Director of IT for a large primary group to starting a consulting company to serving as the Chief Medical Officer for two publicly traded companies in the IT space. Then in 2008, I was able to merge my technology and innovation passions when I received philanthropic funding to start the Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program at Northwestern, which allowed me to learn a whole new skill set of human-centered design thinking skills and understanding.
Over the years, I also advised a number of startups, but eventually realized that to make the biggest impact (and have the most fun), I should be starting companies myself. I knew I could bring an interesting variety of real world clinical, IT, Innovation and business skills to certain healthcare problems, but quickly learned that the key to success is always finding great people that can execute on a vision… and I've been very fortunate in finding the right people with which to partner."
Adapted and updated from an interview published in Healthcare Innovation News. Full Interview and Bonus Material at this DrLyle Blog Post
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NHMC)
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is a multi-hospital integrated health system with a top 10 academic medical center at its core. It serves a wide area across Chicagoland and currently includes 7 hospitals, over 100 outpatient clinics, over 4,000 employed physicians, and over $4 billion in revenue.
The Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program (SHIP)
Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program is a charitable endeavor with a mission to use creative thinking and diverse technologies to produce a better healthcare experience for patients, physicians, and others associated with their care. Our vision is to develop, test and use innovative solutions within the real world of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, and then spread these ideas and products across the world.
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