However, making a difference looked at first as if it might cost Mr. Lee his personal savings. He hired two designers and “drained the piggy bank” over the first three years because he had miscalculated the market for the scalpels, surgery system and wound-closure process the company produces. “I had no idea the medical industry was so conservative and did not function rationally.”
The Canadian health-care system uses “silo budgeting,” Mr. Lee explains. Individual departments within institutions have budgets but nobody looks after the broad spectrum or a vertically integrated budget. “There is no rational allocation of costs, unlike the open market system.”
My friend and Senior Editor at iMedical Apps, Felasfa Wodajo is admittedly more organized than I am. He already has an electronic database of all of his surgical cases. Mine is on paper. Felasfa built his using Filemaker. I, on the other hand, have been meaning to go electronic for a while.
To be honest though, I have not been looking forward to building a database on my own. Recently, however, I found Surgichart, and it opened my eyes to the possibilities out there. In fact, I may not even have to build anything on my own, since it looks like they’ve done it for me…(continue)