Before Disrupting Healthcare
What Innovators Need to Know
A book on everything you need to know before you launch or invest in a health information startup. Accessible, insightful, and hype-free, it’s a must-read for those innovating in the health space.
After finishing medical school in 2001, Pallav veered into a technology-focused career that enabled him to work at medical device companies, health insurers, hospital systems and startups.
His non-clinical career started in 2003 with GE Healthcare’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) business. During that time, he also taught at the graduate Medical Informatics program at Northwestern University. Subsequently, he joined Kaiser Permanente to work on Clinical Data Analytics and Population Health Management technology initiatives. He then transitioned to UnitedHealth Group and led the Product Management team for Health Information Exchange (HIE) solutions. Before leaving the corporate world in 2014, he was the Director of Health IT Interoperability initiatives at Omnicell, Inc.
Pallav received his MBA from Northwestern University (IL), Masters in Medical Informatics from Columbia University (NY), and a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from Delhi University (India).
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone joining the healthcare corporate world, whether in a provider (hospitals), payer (insurance companies) or vendor capacity. Whether it is your first job out of college, you transitioned from another industry, or moved within related industries such as Pharma or biotech, understanding the landscape is critical to your professional success.
It can be read in one sitting, but it would be a bit like drinking from a fire hose, especially for the uninitiated. Do not be deterred, and keep this book in your library. It works great as a lasting reference tool, and I found myself looking up terms on a frequent basis.
Dr. Pallav “HITman” Sharda offers a straight-shooting and refreshingly blunt primer on Health Information Technology, its domains, what ails it, and what the path forward is.
However, do not assume that this is a book for just the novice – even healthcare’s battle-scarred veterans will be amazed by the insights. With Ambrose Bierce-like irony combined with analogies that hit home (e.g. ICD10 use is akin to asking the neighborhood grocery store to deal with SKUs at the Walmart scale), Dr. Sharda has delivered an un-putdownable read for HIT enthusiasts!