Growing tired of my job. Looking to write software for healthcare industry. Advice?

New bytez
Jan 28, 2018 32 Comments

Principle engineer here. Making $150k + bonuses + equity. Homeowner in DC area (so relocation is a no-go)

Apologies in advance if this post seems crude or makes me seem like a douche. I just like to be terse, and get straight to the point...

I like building software but hate what I'm building it for. And, frankly, the engineers I work with arent as intelligent as other teams I've been on. They get work done but most are there to push JIRA tickets and dont really do anything innovative or impactful or support work that does. They are always indifferent or have no opinion. Software is subpar as a result.

But im growing more interested in improving tech in the healthcare space. Feels better to build software that can actually help the general public in an industry that really needs the help. Are there any good software companies (in the healthcare industry) to check out?

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  • Google Wkwkwk
    Healthcare is a shit show. You’ll rapidly become disillusioned. I certainly did
    Jan 28, 2018 6
    • LinkedIn Fo udjfoo
      Imagine how old banking systems are. Now recall that almost every small doctors office was using paper records and only recently started to try to move to electronic medical records. It's a huge shit show that's dominated by Epic systems, and maybe a few other big players. Then there's HIPAA compliance. Most of your work will be around enforcing and validating that you're complying with various laws and policies.
      Jan 28, 2018
    • Google Wkwkwk
      In US healthcare you’re typically in service of insurance. There are three categories to consider: payers(insurance), providers(docs) and patients. Almost nothing is in service of better patient outcomes bcs they typically are not paying for your product. Even when you’re designing cutting edge care devices it always starts with: “ok, so how does this fit into the reimbursement model?”. If it improves outcomes for patients but reduces doctor reimbursement it will probably never make it to market. I left health tech after several years and I’m really happy I did. Proceed with caution.
      Jan 28, 2018
    • Google Wkwkwk
      And as stated above, yes, compliance. It’s brutal. HIPAA is a pain but manageable. Imagine having risk mitigation meetings at every turn of product development. You can’t iterate. Healthcare tech sucks for a reason.
      Jan 28, 2018
    • New bytez
      OP
      This is good info. Thanks. I have no exp in the healthcare space so this is giving me a lot to think about. Appreciate the responses!

      I see companies like One Medical Group (which I use btw) that are trying to change the healthcare game. I'm guessing they have these same challenges??
      Jan 28, 2018
    • Google DVhL24
      @Wkwkwk Did you try Verily? I have been wanting to work with Verily for some time now and I was curious how people like it.
      Jan 28, 2018
  • GE / Other
    RonBgundy

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    RonBgundymore
    Checkout rockhealth.com
    Jan 28, 2018 6
    • GE / Other
      RonBgundy

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      And to explore on your own, look at EligibleAPI their API documentation is now restricted
      Jan 28, 2018
    • New bytez
      OP
      Damn dude, you're on a roll. You work with any of these companies?
      Jan 28, 2018
    • New bytez
      OP
      Eligible API is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. 😯 Interesting...
      Jan 28, 2018
    • GE / Other
      RonBgundy

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      I worked for a smaller company that focused on the wrong products IMO and let the others gain traction, and at the time nobody believed my experience since we were way ahead of our time in some areas, now Zenefits, Castlight, BenefitFocus and Inavolon do a lot of it. Try Inavolon it is in the DC Area.
      Jan 28, 2018
    • New bytez
      OP
      Thanks man will check out Inavolon especially
      Jan 28, 2018
  • AT&T / Eng
    DDM2K

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    Learn HL7
    Jan 28, 2018 3
    • New bytez
      OP
      Just checked it out. I like the idea. It definitely sounds like something I would be interested in. But the individual membership is $775/year and there are no job postings for contribution. How would someone get their foot in the door there? 🤔
      Jan 28, 2018
    • AT&T / Eng
      DDM2K

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      So it sounds like you’d need to enter a company on a junior level / unrelated lateral and have them sponsor you to learn it.

      I know a company called MedHost (based in Dallas) has the position of Interface Analyst which is the starting position for these types of coders.

      100% WFH
      Jan 28, 2018
    • New bytez
      OP
      I'll look into it. Thanks!
      Jan 28, 2018
  • Microsoft du0316
    Epic software consultant ?
    Jan 28, 2018 1
    • New bytez
      OP
      Company? or a job title?
      Jan 28, 2018
  • Google PICn50
    Join me, but not healthcare. Fintech :p
    Jan 28, 2018 4
    • Microsoft / Eng dbg
      why fintech
      Jan 28, 2018
    • New bytez
      OP
      thanks! im guessing you mean "joinme" the company? have you worked for either of them?
      Jan 28, 2018
    • Google PICn50
      No i meant, join my side gig! :)

      Fintech because it is relativrly less beurocracy and less capital required.
      Jan 28, 2018
    • New bytez
      OP
      oh haha, got ya. I'll take a look at Fintech
      Jan 28, 2018
  • Amazon cat food
    Have you considered adjacent areas: non-profit, social responsibility, etc.? I would think there would be a lot in the DC area.To me, health care tech falls more on the "lawful neutral" side of things.
    Jan 28, 2018 3
    • New bytez
      OP
      Yeah I have but a lot of non-profits (and similar) have lower comp offerings 😞
      Jan 28, 2018
    • Amazon cat food
      Yup, doing good comes at a cost. Most large corps have sustainability/philanthropic arms, but they vary in how real they are.
      Jan 30, 2018
    • New bytez
      OP
      Definitely. You all have given me good things to consider. Thanks for the info!
      Jan 30, 2018
  • New / Ops
    Swervices

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    BLR/HCPro is one you could look at
    Jan 28, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Jim Raynor
    Try Bloom API or Apple Healthcare.
    Jan 28, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng vqXq75
    You’re a principal engineer and you can’t even spell it?
    Jan 29, 2018 0