Doctors have a lot of good ideas. Unfortunately, most donâ€™t know what to do with them nor do they know where to go to find help.
Doctors have a lot of good ideas. Unfortunately, most don’t know what to do with them nor do they know where to go to find help. The problem is further complicated by the fact that, when it comes to defining software and hardware specifications and end user requirements, doctors are from Venus and software engineers are from Mars.
Finding the right IT development partner for a price you can afford or under terms and conditions that you propose can be a random act, like responding to cold solicitations on social media, or more purposeful and planned.
Like any partnership, designing, developing, deploying, and assessing a digital health product or service is a two-way street, and, as you would expect, there is the good, the bad, and the ugly. We have all had experience by this time with one or the other.
Here are some tips to make finding a development partner easier from the perspective of a physician entrepreneur with little experience:
Contact your local trade association and scan the membership list, for example, the Colorado Technology Association. Outsourcing design and development to engineers in other parts of the world, like Eastern Europe, India, or other parts of Asia, while potentially less costly, has its own set of issues. Here's the good news. Here's the bad news.
Have budget and financial development plan. Do you expect a partner to do this for equity?
Finding the right technology partner or contract worker can make or break your project. Be sure you have a due diligence plan; have clearly defined expectations and a realistic budget. Physician digital health entrepreneurship requires finding the right people to help. Getting it wrong will make you wish you were seeing patients full time again.