Meet Vitamin C
Tell us a little bit about your company: Leaving the doctor’s office as a patient can be complicated. You oftentimes have a several things to do and to remember and it is hard to stay motivated and keep track of it all. And for doctors, it’s hard to keep track of how each patient is doing and who needs help.
Our goal for Vitamin C is to make the link between patients and providers simple and efficient. For patients, we provide a suite of tools that allow you to track your progress and know what to do specific to you and your community. For providers, we make it easy for you and your staff to know how your patients are doing and automatically engage back with them.
What was your inspiration? We both have had fairly extensive experiences in healthcare. Jordan had gastric bypass surgery and was overwhelmed with how complicated the procedure and everything before and after was. Osama spent time in college working for physician offices, hospital associations, and lobbyists. Together, we saw so much opportunity in making things easier for both patients and providers.
What has been the biggest challenge so far? Healthcare has traditionally been a very siloed industry and one that is very reluctant to change. Traditional healthcare software is complicated, takes a long time to implement, and isn’t very user focused. It’s a challenge to overcome the status quo but we are happy to be doing it one simple step at a time.
What has been the best part of the process? Without a doubt, it’s knowing that our software can improve the life of even one person. Not just patients, so many doctors and medical assistants who truly care about their patients spend their day sending emails, phone calls, and text messages. It’s awesome that we can build something that can tangibly improve their work and the care they provide.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned from starting a company? At it’s core a company is a collection of people. Besides recruiting awesome developers, we’ve been keen on surrounding ourselves with great mentors and community partners. We’ve learned that the most important thing for a startup is fit and so we have had to turn down great opportunities if they didn’t fit the mission and culture of what we are trying to build.
What past experience do you think has helped with founding your own company? Our experiences in healthcare have really helped. It’s one thing to be building a cool new medical application and another to be building something which can actually increase the bottom line of a medical practice. Our experiences have allowed us to focus on actual problems that providers and patients face every day.
Where do you hope to see your company a year from now? A year from now we hope to have built out our application and our customer base here in Georgia. We are launching with the Mercy Health Center to improve the care of their Hepatitis C patient population. We have some great projects in the pipeline and it will be great to see these projects have tangible improvements for both the patients and providers involved.
What advice would you give others wanting to start their own company? Always keep your feet on the ground and your ears to your customers.
Has Athens helped build your company? The Athens community has been essential to helping us build the company. We met at the Software Developer Meetup and everything that we have built so far as well as the customers we have gotten has been through this community. Athens has a culture that is open to new ideas, connecting people, and building things to make a difference.
What are you most proud of about your company? We’re most proud to launch with a product that can change the way patients in Athens receive and progress through their care. Healthcare around the United States is going through rapid changes and it’s easy to get lost in the buzzwords and political agendas. We have actually built something that works to improve the care of patients. We’re excited that we’ve gotten this far and are on track to influence the national discussion on patient care.
Is there anything else you would like to tell readers about your startup? Thanks for reading and supporting us. All of our successes thus fur have come from people who believed in what we are doing and we are excited to build this community further. If you’re interested in healthcare at all, shoot us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org!