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An interesting thought came to my mind and I just can't seem to decide.

What comes first: validation of an idea or the preparation, the research part?

I just don't know. It seems from my experience that I have to do a little of preparation before I could validate the idea, but then again when I validate the idea, I may be wrong or too optimistic because I have not gotten enough data first.

Or is validation just part of preparation? What's your take on this and how have you done in the past?
 
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Validation: You can't really prepare if you don't know what you're preparing for.
 

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I have a question regarding validation.

As someone applying for a physician assistant program, the area of healthcare is a place where I want to solve a pain point. Currently, I'm a volunteer at a hospital emergency room once/week and as volunteers we're not really in a position to develop close relations with the providers. They're constantly on the move, and we volunteers simply clean and prepare rooms for new patients so we're basically the lowest ranking people in the area. I'd like to get some advice on how I can figure out what one of their problems is (or the hospital administration) that I could solve through a business. Coming up with an idea and validating it have been a huge sticking point for me.
 
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As someone applying for a physician assistant program, the area of healthcare is a place where I want to solve a pain point. Currently, I'm a volunteer at a hospital emergency room once/week and as volunteers we're not really in a position to develop close relations with the providers. They're constantly on the move, and we volunteers simply clean and prepare rooms for new patients so we're basically the lowest ranking people in the area. I'd like to get some advice on how I can figure out what one of their problems is (or the hospital administration) that I could solve through a business. Coming up with an idea and validating it have been a huge sticking point for me.

I've worked with healthcare organizations, including hospitals, for about 15 years and there are certainly plenty of problems to solve in that space. In the U.S. (can't speak to other countries), I think hospital providers are the wrong people to look to for ideas. Instead, are there any problems you can solve that would make your own job easier? Any efficiencies or processes you can identify that would help other PAs and aspiring PAs? Is there any equipment that could be made better?
 

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I've worked with healthcare organizations, including hospitals, for about 15 years and there are certainly plenty of problems to solve in that space. In the U.S. (can't speak to other countries), I think hospital providers are the wrong people to look to for ideas. Instead, are there any problems you can solve that would make your own job easier? Any efficiencies or processes you can identify that would help other PAs and aspiring PAs? Is there any equipment that could be made better?


Thanks for the reply. I'm just a volunteer so my job there is just wiping down the furniture in the ER rooms and remaking the beds when people are discharged. When I go next time I'll try and pay attention for any complaints/opportunities. In another post someone suggested the idea of smoothing the process of medical supply contracts between GPO's, hospitals, and vendors. Any idea on the best way to get a hold of these folks in the hospital in a non-pushy way? I've cold emailed some folks with supply management titles in my area but haven't really gotten any responses.
 

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Any idea on the best way to get a hold of these folks in the hospital in a non-pushy way?

Just use some good old fashioned networking. Reach out to people on LinkedIn, and strike up a conversation with any administrators you happen to bump into. Most of the healthcare clients I gained early on came from recommendations from non-healthcare people.

Also, in my opinion there's nothing wrong with being a little more direct if you have a solution to their problems.
 
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