Overview:I've been working on a startup idea in health care administration for the last couple of months.
Two months ago there was a tragedy in Virginia where a state senator's son had a mental breakdown. When the senator tried to have his son committed, he was unable to locate a psychiatric bed nearby, and the young man was released to his father's care. A few hours after his release, the son attacked his father, severely wounding him, and then committed suicide.
This tragedy was made all the worse when it was discovered that there were empty psychiatric beds available, but the team evaluating the young man had no idea that those beds were free.
Right now hospitals and ERs trying to find psychiatric beds have to normally go through a very long, tedious, and often inaccurate process of trying to find an empty bed that will match the needs of a particular patient. With the small number of beds available, patients may often have to wait 24, 48, or even 72 hours to find a bed, putting substantial strain both on the patient and the facility that's responsible for taking care of them.
We can fix this. I'm in the process of building a prototype to create a general bed registry and patient matching process for psychiatric patients and their caretakers. This is an important market, a valid and substantial problem, and technology can help solve it.