When Darin Brannan co-founded hyper-growth start up ClearDATA in 2011, his mission was clear. He wanted to form a company that would make healthcare better, every single day. His vision to drive the mission was to modernize and protect Healthcare IT by building a state-of-the-art healthcare software platform and services to accelerate the use of public clouds and leading security technology architectures.
Brannan knows about healthcare’s need for improvement and modernization first hand. The hi-tech black sheep of his family—many family members were physicians—he saw the profound promise healthcare held, but also the medical errors and missed diagnoses due to outdated technology, antiquated systems and siloed data. Fast forward to today, medical errors have grown into a substantial U.S. healthcare crisis.
“Imagine if you will, an Airbus 380 crashing from the sky, no survivors,” Brannan said. “If it happened once in a year, we’d be terrified. If it happened once each month we’d be screaming for action. Well imagine that Airbus 380 crashing every single day – that’s how many people die from medical errors in the U.S. each year.” Learning this, Brannan decided to become involved by removing the technical obstacles to patient access and safety.
His company offers a healthcare-exclusive, secure, managed cloud infrastructure platform that helps healthcare organizations modernize their IT operations, while enhancing privacy and security to protect patient health information, and ultimately breaking down silos to enable true data exchange.
Prior to joining ClearDATA, Brannan founded and led two companies to successful IPOs. Before he started building start-ups, he worked as a successful venture capitalist sourcing, investing and helping guide a dozen start-ups through successful IPOs.
The consummate entrepreneur, Brannan exhibits the passion, perseverance and grit necessary to succeed. “I agree with Steve Jobs when he said: ‘I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance….You’ve got to have an idea or a problem or a wrong that you want to right, that you’re passionate about; otherwise, you’re not going to have the perseverance to stick it through,” said Brannan. “But more than the financial rewards for successful entrepreneurship matter… there are the social impact rewards. I like to take on big bold projects; and fixing the foundation of healthcare technology is just that. At ClearDATA, we’re making healthcare better…every single day.”