Throughout this summer, I will work as a part of the MedHealth team, a regional collaboration connecting the medical innovation ecosystem in Southeast Michigan. At a high level, we as an organization have a goal to accelerate innovative solutions that improve the quality of care and boost the regional economy. My own role in this lofty goal is predominantly to work with streamlining MedHealths connection capabilities by helping Stacey transfer information from Clique to Zoho, a more powerful Client Relation Management system (CRM). Throughout this process, Isabella and I are combing through information on over 2000 clients and filling in information on the companies they represent. This takes a huge workload off Stacey’s shoulders and will allow her to efficiently comb through the ever-growing database of connections that MedHealth is making.
By improving the system MedHealth uses to create connections we are essentially working to improve MedHealths core mission: making connections. While our work does not immediately impact the people of Detroit, in the long run, Isabella and I are helping foster connections in Detroit’s med-tech ecosystem. It’s possible, and likely, that the transition to Zoho will help Stacey find connections for innovators not possible on the current CRM system. From that point, the connection could lead to untold advances in the innovator’s dream and the product could have a tangible impact on the people of Detroit and beyond. Currently, Isabella and I are at the stage where we are pushing the tiny, yet important, domino over, and the thought of it creating an impact on something much bigger excites me.
Beyond the CRM project, this summer we are also working on assisting MedHealth with their annual MedHealth Mixer. This mixer is MedHealth’s biggest event of the year and it directly impacts the people of Detroit in that it serves as an event where innovators can mingle, connect, and learn from other experts in the field. Excitingly, MedHealth just won a huge EDA grant and from preliminary talks with Stacey, this could lead to a database project where MedHealth creates an online hub for innovators to connect. Based on our early talks it looks like our work on the CRM will play a foundational role in kicking the project off the ground and there is even potential for us to work closely with this project. The timetable for the project is a long one, but its ability to impact Detroits innovators ecosystem is great and any role we play in its conception has the potential to be transformative. I look forward to the coming weeks as we accomplish more and help MedHealth shape Detroit’s med-tech future.