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Why aren’t health startups doing business? From worries during the competition to the slowness of the Ministry of Health

چرا استارتاپ‌های حوزه سلامت فعالیت صنفی ندارند؟ از نگرانی در جریان رقابت تا کندی وزارت بهداشت

Guild activity has a much longer lifespan than startups. A life as long as the birth of a job in human history. Individuals have sometimes been involved in trade union activities without even knowing it, and in any case, with the passage of time and social development, this issue has taken on the color and smell of a framework.

Now, in the fast-paced world of technology and innovation, we have to see how the position of union activity is defined for startups? In this opportunity, we will review the process of union activities of health startups to become more familiar with their view and approach to startup activities.

Of course, health startups have a more serious difference with other areas; Their approach to regulation is twofold. Some believe that the presence of a regulator and a legislator is necessary, and some see it as pervasive. It seems that this issue has also led to the slowdown of their union performance.

What is the necessity of union activity?

Mehdi Khodadadi, former head of Tehran Nasr Health Working Group and CEO of Dr. Saina Health Platform, said in response to a question from Digito whether there is essentially union cohesion among e-health activists and whether this relationship is a necessity. “And it is the basis of the formation of a business, and the people who believe in any business, part of their activity is the union relationship.”

Mehdi Khodadadi

Khodadadi, noting that a working group has been formed in Nasr since 1997 and has been working in the field of e-health for more than 4 years, said: “Some businesses are interested in the activity of the union and some are not. “There is even the issue that some are not allowed to operate due to issues defined by their investors and tend to pursue their work without union activity.”

“Unfortunately, when we talk to other colleagues in the field about union activity, we find that not only “They have not spent time, but they are not aware of the principles of union activity.”

Complain to get attention

“The number of healthcare startups that have a market share is very small, and this small number is not a priority for the union,” he said, noting that the ongoing grievances only attract attention.

Emphasizing that the type of activity of health startups is different from other fields, Khodadadi said: “We are very different from startups in other fields. There are few startups in the world that are in line with governance approaches and rules, except in the area of ​​health. “It should be noted that the regulation of e-health is in the hands of the government.”

“Incidentally, I believe that in some cases in the field of e-health, licensing by government agencies is a serious need,” said Dr. Saina, CEO, in response to a question about the capacity of e-health for self-regulation. “Unfortunately, some people like to do unhealthy activities, and if they want to cooperate with the Ministry of Health, they will be challenged.”

“This is why these startups believe that e-health regulation is basically irrelevant to the Ministry of Health,” he said. “They intend to start working in this process, regardless of the specific legal framework.”

Being a health platform is not enough

Emphasizing that being a health platform alone is not enough to work in the field of health, Khodadadi said, “There is a difference of opinion anyway. I believe that it is not possible to be allowed to work in this field just by accepting it as a platform. “Some areas are more sensitive, and this has led to the value chain being valuable and significant in addition to the platform.”

“If activists in the field do not accept the existing sensitivity and believe in union activity and dialogue with the Ministry of Health,” Dr. Saina, CEO, gave an example of the e-health system in the United States. If not, we should basically limit this area. “Eventually, powerful monopolies will be able to survive, and other startups will be in trouble.”

According to him, the fact that some activists in this field do not go under the framework, want infrastructure and on the other hand want freedom of action, this is a vicious circle and will be on the path of monopoly and power of a platform.

Referring to the activities and consultations of e-health activists in the parliament, he said: “In the seventh development plan, the discussion of the e-health strategic document is being drafted and we will not back down in our negotiations. This document will increase the possibility and capacity to pay attention to this area. “Therefore, the relevant committee in Nasr and e-health activists will follow this process.”

There is still no cohesion between businesses

“There are limited meetings for consensus among health startups, but it can not be said that there is an alliance between them,” said Golrokh Davaran, Snapdoctor’s CEO, when asked if there is essentially coherence and alliance between health startups. “It seems that these businesses have not yet been able to come to the conclusion that in order to better advance the goals, it is better to consult with the responsible institutions and try to reform the cumbersome laws and move in the same direction.”

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“Creating unity and coherence between health startups is one of the important issues that should be considered,” the judges continued. “As these startups have a long way to go to create a culture, change the rules and try to find a place for themselves in the startup ecosystem, coordination and unity can help them advance their goals.”

SNAP CEO also noted that the platform has always welcomed the same thinking and collaboration with other startups. Take advantage. “But usually these meetings are not sustainable, but we have taken every opportunity to consult.”

Conflict of interest is the main reason for union inactivity

But one of the points that must be sought for the answer is how much the e-health flow in Iran needs self-regulation and will its absence lead to deterrent decisions of the Ministry of Health?

According to judges in the field of online health, there are different businesses, each of which has gathered around a non-governmental organization or government agency due to conflicts of interest and thinks that they can achieve their goals by adopting a different method.

“However, due to the different services that these businesses provide and what institution and organization they should get their licenses from, some of them have to get a license from the Ministry of Health, and some have their own licenses,” he said. Received from the Computer Business Association. “

“These issues have created a conflict of interest and everyone is thinking about developing their business in the meantime,” said SNAP CEO Dr. Snape, referring to the conflict of interest. Certainly, the cooperation and cooperation of these businesses together can be effective in facilitating their activities and cause them to achieve better results. »
But in the end, the union relationship will have some benefits, the judges said in response to the question of what the outcome of this association will be for e-health activists. “Health work is problematic, effective and can pave the way for them to do better.”

“Unfortunately, some health startups are not just looking for interaction, but they think they can do better by criticizing others and looking for some kind of unconstructive competition instead of interaction,” he said, emphasizing that some are not looking for interaction. “There are those who do not seem to be very effective in a situation where this field is new and the market is intact in front of these businesses.”

Strive for union cohesion

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“If we look at e-health startups, they are very short and less than 10 years old,” Mahmoud Fattahi Mehzoon, head of the Nasr e-Health Commission’s Health Startups working group, told Digiato about the union performance of health startups.

Explaining the background of the union’s performance in this field, Fattahi said: “The first step for continuous communication between health startups was formed about 5 years ago with the establishment of health startup houses in cyberspace. “It was formed and later the e-business union joined.”

The head of the working group of health startups of Nasr e-Health Commission of Tehran also emphasized that from the beginning it was noticed that there is a common concern and the activists of this union should interact in line with these common concerns, said: “Unfortunately, from the beginning “The common interests were not presented clearly and correctly, and the union view has not yet reached the expected maturity among health startups.”

Emphasizing that we should separate e-health activists and e-health startups, he referred to the activities of some activists in the field about 20 years ago and said: “He has not taken it.”

According to Fattahi, some startups in this field think that doing some activities together with other startups in the field of health may harm ideas and competitive areas. This has led to a decrease in enthusiasm for union activity.

Trade union vacancy

Asked if there were any meetings in the field for health startups, he said: “The current communication between health startups and each other is more in the direction of friendly relations than union relations.”

Emphasizing that the problems and obstacles in the way of e-health startups’ activities are due to the obstacles and challenges that they are constantly facing, Fattahi said: “This is while startups, according to the Deputy Minister of New Technologies of the Ministry of Communications, They must constantly fight for their rights. “This process no longer leaves an opportunity for union work.”

According to? Because the field of health is technologically behind other fields, it has suffered from inertia. In the meantime, we should not forget the slow plans of the government.

“This regulation was introduced in 1995 and reached its peak in 1998,” he said, referring to the drafting of the online consultation bylaws. “Numerous meetings were held and also stopped after the formation of the technical committee and the writing of the bylaws with the change of government.”

Move the Ministry of Health and the serious need for regulation

There are two different approaches to regulation in the body of health startups, one based on the entry of the Ministry of Health and regulation and legislation by this institution and the other based on self-regulation. “The Ministry of Health, as the governing body, must definitely upgrade the infrastructure,” he said.

“The important thing is that we have to use international experience in this area and “Let’s move forward accordingly.”

Pointing out that the field of e-health has been introduced since 1998 and has been included in the development program since 2005, Fattahi said: “The slowness of the Ministry of Health in the past 15 years has led to the lack of infrastructure required for this field. “So despite the serious need for regulation, we also need more speed.”

“This has slowed the flow of e-health,” he said, noting that we are faltering in management. At the same time, with the change of people, the whole work process stops, and this is a challenging issue. “However, time is very valuable for startups.”

Will the experiences be repeated?

Establishing a trade union is one of the most important things that will help improve the performance of a line of activists. However, now that the issue has been raised in the interests of health, activists in the field of health startups, in the midst of all their day-to-day challenges, feel that there is no longer an opportunity to advance the goals of the union.

In any case, it seems that doing business affairs will eventually provide the conditions for solving competitive problems. There is no aquarium and no independent space for startups, and now in the world of innovative technologies, silence can not be chosen for progress.

Perhaps the same union relations will improve the inertia and slowness of regulation. Anyway, we have to wait and look at the growth path of health startups.

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