How does a Virtual CTO Service Help Healthcare Startups?

The healthcare industry is one of the biggest industries in the world. Healthcare costs are a major issue in the United States, but startups are coming up with solutions.

Regarding startups, certain roles are vital to a business’s success. A virtual CTO or a chief technology officer is one of the most important roles. A CTO is responsible for the technology roadmaps of a startup.

This blog will look at how a virtual CTO can help startups in the healthcare industry.

What does a Virtual CTO do?

A CTO is a person who has extensive experience in tech and leadership. They guide the usage of cost-effective technology and will bring businesses to achieve their goals faster.

The virtual CTO provides strategic direction and advice on all things technical, from product development and engineering to data security and infrastructure. In addition, it helps a company scale its operations and grow its technical team. 

They work closely with engineering and product teams to ensure that the developed products and services are aligned with the company’s technical strategy. In addition, a virtual CTO is often brought on board to help a company scale its operations and grow its technical team. 

Related Read: Steps to Determine the Need for a Virtual CTO

The Role a Virtual CTO Plays for the Growth of your Healthcare Startup

It’s important to realize that a CTO has one key target: ensuring that the organization’s technology fully serves its business strategy.

Whether your company is a month-old startup housed out of a garage or a billion-dollar unicorn with hundreds of employees, this remains one of your CTO’s most important functions.

Check out our video on various stages & architectural needs of a healthcare software

Let’s look at what stages each healthcare startup goes through to understand better how the CTO role in a startup evolves: 

healthcare startup stages

1. Idea/ Hypothesis

Any healthcare startup begins with an idea. At this stage, there might not even be a company. You gather around to brainstorm ideas, develop them and draft a viable action plan.

With technical expertise, a CTO validates the idea’s technical feasibility and suggests potential solutions to implement technology. The Virtual CTO will evaluate whether it will be possible to give life to your healthcare startup idea.

They define your vision to establish milestones and create a schedule to achieve these goals. The CTO sets a plan that includes intensive guidance, support, and structure for a set period. As investors in the early stages are taking a lot of risks, an identifiable market and business model- with a strong team to execute is the sole goal for the CTO. 

The virtual CTO helps the startup in:

  1. Focusing on measurable goals. 
  2. Expanding the user base and implementing scalability in production 
  3. Building the team with designated roles and responsibilities. 

2. Growth

At this point, the CTO is the first developer on the team; they are in charge of developing a minimum viable product (MVP) in the given time frame. After that, the focus will be on putting together a bare-bone setup.

After that, a virtual CTO is responsible for selecting the technology stack, designing the architecture, setting up a scalable infrastructure, and testing the applications. 

As virtual CTO has extensive experience and knowledge in developing healthcare products and systems, they never compromise on value and usability. 

They start with the architecture of base features for the development process. Then, keeping the budget and HIPAA compliance a top priority. If there are any vulnerabilities experienced in the security, CTO plans to eliminate those security gaps and ensures adequate technical security measures are implemented. 

The startup is now making some complex transitions to have the potential to scale to hit the milestones laid out to investors. Here are some roles that Virtual CTO plays in the growth stage:

  1. Achieve significant quality in products through efficient technologies and strategies. 
  2. Hire a complete team with testing and feedback loops, including the QA roles. 
  3. Faster development cycles and monitoring to achieve quality deliverables. 
  4. Provide plans, strategies, consultation, and even implement things themselves. 

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3. Establishment

Finally, the healthcare startup succeeds and becomes a large organization with dozens of employees. At this point, the CTO leads a large team with an established culture and streamlined workflow. So the CTO’s focus shifts to management. For example, if a healthcare startup wants to roll out a new service, the CTO may need to form and manage several development teams working on different projects. The virtual CTO also helps fulfill healthcare compliance needs and improves security measures for the project.

The CTO keeps track of the latest industry trends and is ready to implement the relevant ones on their services. The main goal of a CTO at this stage is to retain the competitive advantage by using the appropriate technology. Let’s see how a Virtual CTO influences the established stage of a startup: 

  1. Created a quality and smooth process for development and deployment cycles.
  2. Expand the departments and teams backed by the latest tools and technologies. 
  3. Looking out for new opportunities by evaluating the trends in the market. 
  4. They define risks and prepare mitigation plans for such risks.

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We Recently Helped a Telehealth Startup from Ashes to Glory with Tech Consultation, Development, Compliance, and Integration

A US-based telehealth startup approached us with an idea. 

Thrive Health is a patient-centric HIPAA-compliant telemedicine solution that offers a web-based platform that requires no download or additional setup to get a telehealth practice set up for a practitioner.

They wanted us to guide them through technical compliance, workflows, development, and health system integration. 

The technical team led by our CTO started with the ideation phase.  

We figured out the best technologies for their telehealth platform. Specifically, we decided to make a customizable waiting room for patients.

In addition, we built a video and audio call feature for patients with doctors. We also developed an integrated chat feature that allows a seamless messaging experience. 

We later bridged every technical security gap and made the product compliant with all regulations of compliance laws. 

Lastly, we did the system integration. We integrated EMR/EHR with his telehealth platform while meeting industry standards.

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