Design) and Yannik Schreckenberger (Co-Founder, CEO) © Anne Schönharting
What inspired you to found your startup?
The idea came from a doctor who asked us if we could build a system to track patient outcomes and digitize his workflow in general.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
Success to us means one more excited doctor, when they see their outcomes for the first time in real-time or another well informed patient thanks to our system. It is why we founded heartbeat and it’s why we are in healthcare: to improve the quality of life and make a meaningful difference in this world.
Is there anything you’d do differently if you could do it again?
Not working in the healthcare sector. *laughing*
We knew it would be tough, but still we underestimated the bureaucracy.
What problem does your product solve?
Patient Reported Outcome Measures assess the quality of care from the patients’ perspective and calculate health gains after treatments. They are set to become an essential and, in many cases, legally-required tool for every hospital in the industrial world.
How are you different?
As we focus on the patient, we focus on the users, the medical staff, in every aspect of our company. Being experts in the field, we consult on workflows and make sure the software fits perfectly into the clinical routine.
How often does your product/service show up in a user’s day or week?
Every day, as it is part of the users work routine. That is why it needs to be absolutely bullet proof to support and help in even the most stressful environments, as for example in an operating room.
Impact: how are you doing good and building a better future?
A healthcare system based on patient reported outcomes will force all stakeholders to shift their focus from volume to value. It allows doctors to diagnose patients more precisely and constantly optimise their treatments. And with more efficient diagnoses and therapies, the healthcare sector will finally be able to reduce costs.
How has the startup scene in Berlin changed?
Over the last 10 years the startup scene shifted from being very naiv, playful and artsy to serious companies with payed employees and actual business models. It feels like the whole scene grew up over night.
What are the pros and cons of launching your startup from Berlin?
Great people, no beach.
Bonus Question: Anything else that we need to know about you?
By the end of the year we’ll close our Series A round to scale up marketing and sales.
Heartbeat was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Berlin“, October 2017.