We have stopped offering Vybrance to new customers, and migrated existing customers to other vendors.

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These are strange words to type, juxtaposed to my optimistic mindset and narrative of only a few months ago.

Closing a startup is one of the toughest founder decisions, but after a few weeks of deliberation and stabilisation, I’m surprisingly relieved. While typing this article I worked and reworked the title countless times with lots of fluff, before embracing the confronting four words of truth. Props to a hero of mine:

Here is a good place to thank Courtenay, who cofounded Vybrance when it…

A managed health data and application capability, for enterprises and large healthcare organisations

We are excited to introduce Vybrance Enterprise; a managed health data and application platform for enterprises and large healthcare organisations. It’s all the tools needed to connect to important healthcare data, and deploy impactful applications.

Vybrance provides all of the data connectivity, application integration, the human supported deployment of system integrations, and maintenance of distribution of connectivity across any number of physical locations. …

Building software for healthcare, and how data standards make health an attractive developer market

Courtenay’s background, developer perspective on building software for healthcare, and how it’s different to consumer markets. How data standards make health an attractive developer market, and answers to, “what is FHIR?” and “how to get started with FHIR”.

Alex: (00:00)
Hi, I’m Alex. And this is the health tech optimists. Hey, I’m Courtney. Today we’re going to delve into some background on Courtney. We’re going to talk about what it’s like to start founding a health tech business from the, the perspective of an experienced founder, um, having their first couple of months, uh, in health care space. …

Why health technology needs another podcast, and our view of a connected healthcare ecosystem

We explain why health technology needs another podcast, and cover Alex’s history in the space. We share our view of a connected healthcare ecosystem, and the efforts we are making to get there.

Courtenay: (00:02)
Alrighty. Well he’s here we go with our first podcast. So Alex, was just explaining to me, uh, I guess why we are doing this podcast. And I thought it’d be great if he, um, explained it again with the record button on.

Alex: (00:15)
Okay. So Courtney and I thought it important to contribute to a wider conversation about innovation in healthcare. It’s currently a…

As small examples of the functionality we are enabling, we are also creating products on top of our own APIs.

Vybrance makes building blocks for health software. Our APIs shield some of the complexity of healthcare, so software companies can focus on their products, users and customers.

We sell our APIs to software companies, who are building the data-rich, application ecosystem that healthcare needs to improve.

As small examples of the functionality we are enabling, we are also creating products on top of our own APIs.

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Medical practices commonly use Practice Management Systems (PMS) that only run on the computers physically within the practice walls. This limits functionality that require interaction with the outside world.

For clinicians, working hours are…

Showing whats possible by building products on our own APIs

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At Vybrance we are creating the software building blocks for healthcare. We solve some of the challenges unique to healthcare, faced by software companies who are making and selling software.

We’ve created a web API that connects to the common on-premise Practice Management Systems, used by General Practitioners and Specialists.

This means software companies can build and sell products that integrate with existing software, that are at the core of medical practice operations.

Our customers are software companies large and small, that want to focus on their product, their customer and users, instead of trying to overcome the hurdle of…

In smartphone terms, we’re still asking our parents if we can buy a polyphonic ringtone for $4.99

We’re definite optimists

We must acknowledge our bias at Vybrance; non-clinicians with a definite optimist perspective. We have a deeply held belief that technology will continue to improve the human condition, and we are here to bring that future into reality.

Starting with a wide aperture, much of the current attention on health technology is aimed at the role of artificial intelligence now and into the future. As positive optimists, we are in awe of the opportunities that AI presents, and continue to consider the ethical aspects of its application to health. …

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Health interpretability is spoken about in a similar manner to world peace. It’s grand and feel-good, so noone is going to argue against it, but fuzzy enough to avoid a simple definition of success, or a clear plan to prosecute. Somehow reminiscent of the massive, transient inflatables that appear at music festivals; they’re fun to bounce around, but really difficult to get a grasp on.

In reality, many organisations that deliver healthcare are either for-profit businesses, behave like one, or have a funding mechanism to manage. There are work forces to look after, patients to treat, and political interests to…

If something is important enough, ignore the overly rational obstacles

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Speak to the general public , and they will often talk about founding a startup as some combination of idealist, risky, bold, self-indulgent, or frivolous.

Speak to people who understand how successful startups are built, and you’ll usually get a healthy dose of respect for trying, and a proverbial slab of scepticism about your problem or solution. This tough love and rigour of interrogation is crucial to the development and success of startups, for the few that actually make it.

Thinking too logically about building a successful company in a…

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Having finished as Chief of Staff at HealthEngine earlier in March, I’m spending my time thinking about the future of healthcare, and how to best contribute.

Never before has technology had such ability to improve the human condition, and it’s a privilege to be exploring the space as a prospective founder again. From digging in with founders, companies and investors interested or operating in progressive health, two themes stand out:

  1. Healthcare is being consumer-ised; more choice, transparency and control in the hands of the patient, who is now also a customer. There is a blurring of the traditional clinical/non-clinical boundaries…

Alex Metelerkamp

Turning healthcare into software. www.alexmetelerkamp.com

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