My name is Skip Rodenbush and I am the founder of The Virtual Specialist.
On July 7th, 2020, I officially launched the Healthcare Hive, a online community and centralized resource center.
This is my story.
The Birth of the Healthcare Hive started in 2009.
During the 2009 trought of the Depression, the only signs of economic life were in Healthcare. That fall, I met Gary Vaynerchuk, author of Crushing It, a book about how great entrepreneurs build their business through social networking. The next day I launched the Linkedin Group, Telemedicine Everywhere, with the notion that telemedicine and virtual care had the responsibility, not the potential― the responsibility, to improve outcomes, deliver healthcare to the underserved, and reduce costs throughout our healthcare system.
The group has organically grown to over 1300 members, many of whom have been engaged from the early days. Your dedication is what brought us to where we are today.
Thank you for sticking around…. the best is yet to come.
Let me quickly take you back to 2013. The year I met the founder of Zoom, Eric Yuan, and introduced Zoom’s first major healthcare opportunity. At that time, I was fortunate to become Eric's healthcare advisor and was anxious to share Zoom’s Version 1.0 capabilities to the healthcare industry. The dream of the healthcare hive was born in 2014, as I secured the Healthcare Hive domain.
I’ve focused my entire career on streamlining information exchange by intelligently applying innovative communication technology. Currently, all of my time and energy is spent on bringing together our community to see, hear, interact and exchange proven virtual care solutions.
Due to the limited functionality of a LinkedIn Group we built you a modern community platform and centralized resource center on our own platform.
HCH, powered by The Virtual Specialist, is a modern community and centralized resource used to learn, share, and collaborate. This is where we see, hear, interact, and exchange ideas for the common good. At its core the “Hive” is made up of healthcare and information technology innovators with decades of proven expertise working to improve the access and delivery of quality healthcare. Having been there, done that (often the first ones), we are dedicated to serving patients, providers, and payers with proven breakthrough solutions to healthcare’s most pervasive and costly problems. The Hive is committed to improving healthcare anytime and anywhere on any smart device through instant visual communication, collaboration and data sharing between doctors and patients, nurses and caregivers, families and educators.