Beta Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction.
The tech entrepreneur: Katrina Anderson, CEO and Co-Founder
What is the name of the company and/or product?
What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?
With increased reliance on nurse practitioner (NP) and physician assistant’s (PA) contributions to our future of healthcare system, clinical training sites and schools work diligently to fill this demand through education. NP and PA students need 500-1000 hours of clinical experience in several different settings, but the current technology does not support the need to find providers to train with or track their experience. In addition, the time and energy required to onboard a student can be so great that some clinics simply do not offer training. ClinicianNexus considers all stakeholders involved with this demand and we are building a software platform that will simplify matching, communication and tracking of clinical rotations.
How did you come up with the idea / what was your motivation for starting?
This stemmed from exposure to the communication channels between students, clinical sites, schools, and the lack of relevant tools to facilitate training. We’re motivated by the reality that if our future providers have the best possible educational experience, they will go on to be the best possible providers and deliver exceptional care. It is our hope that by improving this process a lot of secondary benefits will surface to bring education to the next level in an ever changing complex health system.
What is the full launch/release date planned?
We hope to launch in the first quarter of 2017.
Who is on the team?
What is the specific technology or combination of technologies is used?
We are using .NET Core, SignalR, SQL Server, and Redis hosted on Azure. The front-end is a single page app built with ES6 Ractivejs components, a few smaller js libraries, and bootstrap.
What is the size/scope of your market and how will you scale?
Primary care is turning to NPs and PAs more and more in our healthcare system. Students to fill that need are on the rise with 20,000 NPs and 8,900 PAs graduating each year. Once that need is met, we plan to expand ClinicianNexus to other healthcare disciplines that have similar matching needs.
Who is the customer and what is your revenue model?
Our primary customers are health systems that provide training and schools with NP/PA programs. Building a profile and searching is free, and a monthly/yearly license fee will provide unlimited access to ClinicianNexus’ other services. If a school is not using our software but an individual student wants to join in, we will have a small monthly fee that enables them to match to rotations.
What is your greatest strength?
Our philosophical alignment. We have the same motivations, the same vision for ClinicianNexus, and the same ideas of how we want to function as a company. When you have that kind of alignment, there is more of a focus on ideas than office politics, which enables us to provide the best possible product. Just talented people building cool software that makes a difference.
What is your biggest weakness?
Isn’t this the question you’re supposed to dodge and state your biggest weakness as your strength in excess? We care a lot about what we’re doing and about facilitating a culture that can focus on solving problems, but we have a lot to learn because we’re new to this. We have a great network of advisors helping us and utmost confidence in each others’ abilities. We see every challenge as an opportunity to learn and improve, and this is no different.
What is one resource you could use that would take this to the next level?
We are amazed by the talented people that are drawn to this idea and find that it aligns with their skills and passion. We can’t wait to get to a point where we can have them join us full time and start growing as fast as the Flash.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you have ideas, questions or want to learn more let’s have coffee! We love to learn and connect and hope it never stops. But if you want to have coffee with Bob and Tim it might have to be the afternoon because they love to code until the break of dawn. Oh, and Fred is in Florida.