Entrepreneurs must integrate mission-driven strategic investors

Last week I wrote about how federated groups of investors help de-risk innovations in the Venture Development Lifecycle (VDLC). Yesterday I elaborated on how entrepreneurs can understand risk through various funding cycles. One of the most important investors we didn’t talk about in the VDLC was the strategic investor (what I like to call the mission-driven investor) . Mission-driven strategics view risk differently and entrepreneurs should create investor journey maps to take them into account. ...

Who should be held accountable for risk management and cybersecurity in healthcare institutions?

_I’ve been involved in building many life-critical and mission-critical products over the last 25 years and have found that, finally, cybersecurity is getting the kind of attention it deserves. We’re slowly and steadily moving from “HIPAA Compliance” silliness into a more mature and disciplined professional focus on risk management, continuous risk monitoring, and actual security tasks concentrating on real technical vulnerabilities and proper training of users (instead of just “security theater”). ...

Help us make sure HealthIMPACT events are useful and actionable

This year I’m chairing a healthcare IT event series called HealthIMPACT — it’s what I’m hoping will be some of the best places for healthcare technology enthusiasts and buyers to get actionable advice on what’s real, what’s BS, what to buy, what not to buy, and perhaps most importantly, which guidance is worth following. In order to make sure we cover the right topics, we have created a very short survey so that we have some evidence-driven approaches to proving we’re focusing on the right areas. ...

Meet up with me at my HIMSS’14 sessions and events

I’ll be leaving for HIMSS’14 on Saturday and plan to be around for meetings and sessions from Sunday through Wednesday. Here are some of the places I plan to be, catch me if you’re around: Sunday — covering the Venture Forum, CHIME, and special sessions. Heading to Susquehana Equity Capital cocktail party in the evening. Monday — covering a number of companies and speaking at two sessions, private dinner 3:30p speaking on Social Media and Influence at HIMSS Spot 4:30p speaking on data interoperability at SureScripts booth 2918 Tuesday — covering a number of companies and speaking at one session 11:00am speaking on Developer Platforms for Next Generation Healthcare Apps, room 209C 6:00pm hosting the New Media Meetup with John Lynn Wednesday — numerous meetings and events, finalizing coverage of companies  

Join me and other cheerleaders at the “Driving demand for Healthcare Interoperability” Pep Rally this Thursday in DC

When I was growing up in Texas I remember that we used to have Pep Rallies before our major sporting events. The idea behind a pep rally is to get the juices flowing and get fans engaged and cheering for the home team. On Thursday this week the West Health Institute and the ONC are hosting “Health care Innovation Day, HCI-DC 2014: Igniting an Interoperable Health Care System” where the purpose is to get people cheering for interoperability between EHRs, health IT systems, medical devices, and related technologies. ...

Video: where I see health IT data today and where it’s probably going

The nice folks at Iron Mountain, a publicly traded storage and information management services company, reached out to me during the summer and asked what I think the challenges are around healthcare data management. They recorded my answers in a series of interviews published as part of National Health IT Week (Sep 16th-20th). Here’s the first of the series: Many of you probably already know Iron Mountain as a records management, data backup and recovery, document management, and secure shredding company because they’ve been doing that kind of work for years across many different industries. ...