Filed under: Charlotte, community services, empathy, science and technology, Uncategorized | Tags: agastha, Charlotte, electronic medical records, health care, Mohan Korrapati
Last month, I connected with Mohan Korrapati of Charlotte-based Agastha to learn more about his quest to lead the field of electronic medical records. The health care debate brought renewed focus on the category, but Agastha’s been improving their product for over 7 years, implementing their software in Charlotte practices and elsewhere.
5 minutes into a conversation with him, you realize that Korrapati has experienced the pains that patients face. He just wants to simplify the complexities that make existing record systems annoying and inefficient. At practices who use an Agastha solution, you probably don’t have to fill out forms over and over, or maybe you’ll get a message to let you know that an appointment is coming up. And for the staff, the system might alert them if a patient has missed a critical appointment or has been prescribed a dangerous combination of medicines.
Where other major companies like Microsoft or Cisco have just been talking about electronic health records for years, Agastha credits their fast progress to its agility and a feedback loop from providers. They seem to have built a culture of frequent prototyping and learning often found in truly innovative teams.
Filed under: arts and creativity, innovation, science and technology | Tags: center for design innovation, idea exchange, piedmont triad
I recently learned about the Center for Design Innovation, a collection of inter-institutional research based in the Winston-Salem area that is dedicated to economic development for the design industry.
Apparently they host a Tuesday night series called the “Idea Exchange,” where different presenters share their thoughts on “design processes, digital media, business strategies, and other interests related to the growth of creative enterprises in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad.”
CDI’s website is kind of light, but the schedule for the upcoming Idea Exchanges can be found in a PDF here. The first one is on 9/22, and is about digital imaging used to study the biomechanics and swarming behaviors of bats!
Filed under: arts and creativity, Charlotte, innovation, science and technology | Tags: Charlotte, enventys, essay contest, inventors digest, louis foreman, national inventors month
In addition to partnering with individuals and companies to bring new product ideas to life, publishing Inventor’s Digest is one of many innovation activities that Charlotte entrepreneur Louis Foreman and his team tackle over at Enventys.
If you can get your hands on the printed edition of the magazine, do it. The editors have done a bang-up job of reinventing the look and feel of the layout and the articles. (They’re still working on getting the web presence is waiting to match.)
In honor of National Inventors Month, the magazine is sponsoring a contest inviting young readers to submit 500-word essays on what technology, tool, product or service will be an important part of our lives in 50 years. The new deadline is September 30th.
I feel like the world has changed quite a bit in the lifespan of the kids that are eligible (ages 12-17,) so it will be fun to see how they envision the future.
Filed under: arts and creativity, empathy, science and technology | Tags: dan roam, health care, napkin sketch, planet money
If there’s anything everyone can agree on, it’s that the issues surrounding health care reform are complex. I personally find this topic fascinating with all its history, the players, and the fact that Obama is in a long line of presidents who have tried to tackle this monstrosity, at the end of the day, all most people want to know is “what’s in it for me?”
I came across two wonderful resources today that attempt to put the health care debate in perspective in a simpler, consumer-centric way.
- On its own, Dan Roam’s book, The Back of the Napkin, is a great read for anyone who wants to learn to communicate ideas using compelling, yet ridiculously simple, sketches. He takes on the complexity of health care in a “series” of 4 napkins. Sure, it doesn’t capture everything, but he introduces it a viewpoint from which most can easily relate to.
- I’m clearly a huge fan of NPR’s Planet Money podcast (it helped me survive the banking collapse last fall,) and they’re amazing at finding everyday analogies to present difficult economics material to non-economists. With health care in so much focus, they’ve dedicated recent episodes to explain the different players in a digestible format.