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Continuous Learning: The #1 Investment Digital Health Companies Can’t Afford to Ignore

Continuous learning is not just an option; it’s a necessity. Especially in digital health, where the landscape evolves at the speed of light. But here’s the kicker: It’s not about dumping resources into general training. It’s about strategic learning. And every role demands a unique focus. ‍‍

If you’re engaging with clinicians, your team needs more than a product pitch. While a solid positioning strategy can drive sales conversations, your business development team needs a deeper understanding of the clinical process. Clinicians can spot a generic sales pitch a mile away. To win their trust, you have to show genuine understanding of their workflows, their process of care, and how your solution works within their context of clinical work.

Providers posing technical questions typically want to know more than simply features. They are probing the practicality of your solution in a real-world clinical setting. The worst mistake you can make in this situation is sending out your sales team without a solid grasp of the clinical implications of your product. It’s like heading into surgery with a butter knife.

So, what’s the key?

Equip your team with the knowledge to not only understand but also intelligently discuss the clinical applications of your solution. Having a clinician onboard as an advisor in this learning can turn potential objections into powerful conversations. Focus your learning initiatives on understanding the clinical narrative. That’s how you transform your team from salespeople to trusted health tech consultants.

 

 

The Imperative of Continuous Learning in Digital Health Companies

Do digital health companies need to invest more in continuous learning initiatives? As we navigate this topic, I want to provide insights that will not only educate but also inspire those at the forefront of digital healthcare innovation.

 

The Unquestionable Yes to Continuous Learning

When contemplating whether employees at digital health companies should engage in continuous learning, the answer is unequivocal: Yes. This affirmative stance is not conditional on any specific angle or context—it is a fundamental yes, regardless. Continuous learning is the bedrock upon which these companies can build resilience, adaptability, and expertise in an industry that is as dynamic as it is critical to our wellbeing.

 

Targeted Learning: Focusing on the Right Areas

The real conundrum lies not in debating the value of continuous learning, but in determining the focus areas of such initiatives. It is here that we encounter a nuanced landscape, shaped by the roles and responsibilities of each employee within a digital health organization. For instance, business development professionals or customer account representatives at the forefront of engaging clinicians need to be well-versed in the clinical domain. Their knowledge should extend beyond the features and benefits of their digital solutions; they must possess a deep understanding of the clinical processes and use cases relevant to their offerings. This is not to say that every salesperson must be a clinician, but rather, they should be equipped with the clinical acumen to engage meaningfully with healthcare professionals.

 

Why Clinical Understanding Matters in Sales and Customer Success

As someone who runs a clinic and often evaluates digital health solutions, I can attest to the importance of clinical understanding in sales and customer support roles. It’s one thing to present a software’s features; it’s another to articulate how it integrates into existing clinical workflows. The best-case scenario is an account manager who can provide well-informed answers to technical questions. A close second is the acknowledgment of uncertainty coupled with a commitment to seek expert advice. The worst-case— and a significant turnoff—is when it’s painfully apparent that the person lacks the basic conceptual understanding of why the question is being asked. It’s not merely about a feature—it’s about the practical application within a clinical setting.

For digital health companies, ensuring that their teams have at least a foundational grasp of clinical contexts is paramount. While having a clinician on board to advise is ideal, at minimum, there should be a concerted effort to prepare non-clinical staff with the knowledge to address potential objections and questions from a clinically informed perspective. Investing in learning initiatives that bolster this understanding is not just beneficial; it is essential for the credibility and success of a digital health company.

 

Summary

Continuous learning initiatives within digital health companies are not just a nice-to-have—they are a must-have. By focusing on the clinical understanding and technical integration of their products, these companies can ensure that their employees are not just well-equipped to sell, but are also true partners to the clinicians they serve. The investment in knowledge today is the foundation for the innovations that will shape the healthcare landscapes of tomorrow.

 

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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show and the author of Better Outcomes: A Guide to Humanizing Healthcare. His career trajectory includes 12+ years of experience in healthcare management, clinical operations, programmatic development, marketing & business development. He even spent some time as an Assistant Professor in a Graduate Program of Occupational Therapy and has served on numerous boards and regulatory committees. He has worked on projects ranging from patient engagement initiatives to marketing communication campaigns to a multi million dollar project assisting the State of Georgia's Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities transition individuals out of state institutions to community residences. His work on Telehealth has been discussed in Forbes.

Today, Rafi helps innovative healthcare companies like technology startups, platforms, SaaS companies & innovative healthcare organizations develop effective positioning strategy and business development plans through his consulting work. He also leverages his experience as a professor and academic to speak and train on the topics around humanizing the healthcare experience & healthcare innovation. In addition, Rafi also owns and operates ProActive Rehabilitation & Wellness, a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic treating patients with musculoskeletal pain.

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