It was a glimpse back into the halcyon days of the tech boom over a decade ago: a promising IT startup hosts a party at a large venue, the CEO’s band performs and the drinks and conversation flow freely.
Except it was 2012 and Cleveland Clinic spinoff Explorys, the party’s host, is one of the leaders of the growing Big Data movement in healthcare. Such gatherings may be run-of-the-mill fare in Silicon Valley, but they’re pretty rare in Cleveland. (That’s despite Cleveland recently being cited as No. 1 in a list of cities with the biggest growth in tech jobs by Businessweek.)
Explorys rented out Cleveland’s House of Blues for a night to host its recruiting and networking event. The company now employs about 50, but expects that number to double in 2012. Explorys is looking to hire software engineers and clinical informatics employees.
“We’re looking for people who understand technology and have a thirst and knowledge for new things, and have a passion for healthcare and medicine,” President and chief technology officer Charlie Lougheed said.
Explorys has developed what it calls a Google-like network that contains troves of clinical and financial data from hospitals, and allows health providers to analyze that data in real time. The idea is that doctors and medical researchers can mine the vast amounts of data to learn how variations in treatment can affect outcomes and uncover best practices to enhance patient care and lower costs.
Below is a brief interview with Lougheed from the event.
[Photo from flickr user Dinner Series]