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Physician Skills Profile

Posted on February 11, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Today I was cruising around LinkedIn and took a second to look at my LinkedIn profile. Turns out I still need to add a few things to my profile. It’s hard to keep up with stuff like that. However, what I found most intriguing was the somewhat recently added Skills section on LinkedIn profiles. I’ve known about them since the beginning, but I hadn’t really looked how skills were being described by other members of the community. In fact, I purposefully tried not to influence people’s recommendations of my skills. I wanted to see which skills they would identify. Here’s what the results are as of today:
LinkedIn Skills Profile
I find the results quite intriguing and I’m happy to say that the people on LinkedIn did a pretty good job profiling and endorsing my skills. The top skills are: Healthcare Information Technology, SEO, Blogging, EMR, and Social Media. That’s a pretty fair representation of my top skills. I live, eat, sleep and breathe those things every day. I am sad that Entrepreneurship wasn’t on the list, but maybe that’s not a skill people think about. I’m surprised that compassionate and caring didn’t make the list either;-)

As I think about that skills profile and the post about Physician Ranking Websites I did on EMR and HIPAA, I wonder if it would be valuable to allow people to endorse physician’s skills. I wonder if any doctor has tried to do this on LinkedIn and what that would look like. I know for example I could endorse my wife’s OB/GYN for a number of things that she did really well.

I like the idea of endorsement rather than ranking or review. In many ways it’s a subtle difference, but it’s an important difference. Besides the fact that the endorsements are simple to do and so there’s a greater chance that you’ll get more people involved, it also avoids some of the flame wars that can occur with physician review sites. Plus, the idea of physician rankings assumes that one is better than another when the fact might be that both doctors are great.

I also love the idea of having someone’s profile linked to their endorsement. This is partially where it can break down in healthcare. Some people with cancer might not want to endorse their oncologist if they haven’t told people they know about their cancer. Not to mention the potential big brother issues.

However, this isn’t the case with many doctors. For example, I don’t know how many times people haven’t asked my wife and I for a recommendation of a pediatrician or primary care doctor. We of course tell them which ones we’ve liked and which ones we didn’t like so much and why. Now imagine you could do something similar across all of your friends and associates.

I’m sure there’s potential for gaming this system and there’s other unintended consequences to this as well. Although, it intrigued me how well my LinkedIn contacts were able to identify my skills. I wonder if something similar could be done with doctors. Maybe Doximity could do something like this, but only doctors would be able to endorse other doctor’s skills. Although, as I said in my article linked above, even many doctors don’t know how good other doctors are. Depends on how often and in what ways they interact with the other doctors.

DC to VC Finalists Announced

Posted on September 18, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

DC to VC has become a place for healthcare startup companies to pitch their company at Health 2.0. Plus, Health 2.0 has wisely partnered with Morgenthaler Ventures and in particular Missy Krasner for the event. I also love that they have Jeff Tangney, CEO of Doximity (Founder of Epocrates as well) as the keynote speaker for the event.

The companies that will be pitching at DC to VC are listed below:

Series A Finalist Companies:
  • GSI Health
  • Beyond Lucid Technologies
  • CarePlanners
  • Starling Health
  • AgeTak
  • HealthLoop
  • Comprisma
  • NudgeRX
Seed Stage Finalist Companies:
  • Nephosity
  • Force Therapeutics
  • United Preference
  • Aidin
  • Capture Proof
  • Genomera
  • Cara Health

It’s a great time to be a healthcare IT startup company. In the DC to VC finalist announcement they offered these stats on the health IT investment landscape:

  • Venture capital funding for Health IT reached $293M for Q2 2012I according to a report by communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group. Sixty-one investors participated in 28 deals. The report also identified 39 merger and acquisition deals worth $2.9 billion in Q2 2012.
  • In 2011, capital investments in Health IT generated 86 deals worth $633M. There was a 26% increase in deal activity from the year before and a 22% increase in capital raised.
  • 92 VC firms invested in digital health in 2012 thus far (2012 Mid Year, Digital Health Funding Report, Rock Health)
  • B2B funding is the majority of the deals with B2C funding increasing slightly in 2012. (2012 Mid Year, Digital Health Funding Report, Rock Health)

I’m so busy traveling in October that I’ve sadly had to scratch Health 2.0 from my list of conferences. However, this announcement makes me want to make a day trip to San Fran to attend the event.

Predilytics, InCrowd, and Doximity Receive Fundings and Plan to Expand

Posted on September 14, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

FUNDINGS

A Facebook for doctors? That’s what Doximity is being called. It started out as a LinkedIn for doctors, but with the addition of a news feed, it’s turning more Facebook-like. The company recently raked in $17 million series B round fundings. It was led by Morgenthaler Ventures, along with participation from Emergence Capital Partners and InterWest Partners.

This is the second round of funding that Doximity has received, which is when the company grew the most. It is a free, social networking tool that is secure and allows doctors to discuss patients, which cannot occur with regular social networks or text messaging. According to VentureBeat, Doximity

. . . hopes to connect doctors so that they can collaborate on cases, identify the right candidate for a referral, send private messages to each other, converse about the latest research, and gain exposure for their practice. It has experienced rapid expansion and recently announced that one in seven physicians in the United States have signed up.

Be sure to look for big things from this company in the future.

Boston-based startup Predilytics combines machine learning and health care to help health care companies run more efficiently. On September 4th, the company announced that it closed on a $6 million Series A round of funding. Contributors include Flybridge Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Google Ventures.

Gigaoam.com quote Predilytics as describing their services as follows:

Predilytics offers a new approach for generating healthcare insights – applying big data, machine learning technology to create transparent, unbiased business driven results. This approach exceptional predictive models that are 2x to 4x more insightful and actionable than conventional statistical/regression modeling and rules-based methods.

Predilytics plans to use this funding to “further expand its product offerings and grow operations with a focus on analytics, information technology, application development and account management.”

InCrowd allows “pharmaceuticals to survey screened and targeted healthcare professionals in real-time.” The company recently closed a $2.2 million Series A round. The round was let by Nauta Capital.

InCrowd has a database of “pre-screened healthcare professionals.” These professionals have opted-in to being in the database. Pharmaceutical companies can take this database and find doctors that fit the description of who they want to to take their survey, and then a survey will be sent out to them.

Thank you to Rockhealth.com for putting together a list of fundings and acquisitions each week. Be sure to check out their weekly newsletter!