by Darin Brannan
Co-founder and CEO
In a year in which the next unthinkable headline seems to hit our inbox on a daily basis, it’s easy to wonder ‘what’s next?’ with sense of trepidation.
Here at ClearDATA, we continue to watch the signs for what opportunities may lie ahead, how our industry will transform, and how we will need to change.
In the midst of this, I find my quiet sense of optimism intact and I’ll tell you why. From the indications I monitor, our economy, our industry, and our company are showing promising signs of traction, and even acceleration. Venture capitalists and bankers are re-energized after the anticipated halt of the IPO cycle failed to materialize this spring and summer. Mergers and acquisitions aren’t off the table – they’re picking up momentum, particularly in healthcare and tech. Our healthcare customers and colleagues are not paralyzed but proceeding, with understandable caution. All of these are tremendous indicators of a returning stability and a growth trajectory – of a course that is correcting itself after the first half of 2020.
I’m not alone in my optimism. I recently read this piece from the publication Chief Executive that resonated with me. Its survey found that – like me – many CEOs are anticipating a recovery in the months ahead as the country bands together in the wake of – or the face of – COVID.
We’re always coached in writing to not bury the lead, so let me get to the big news now. This week my optimism was rewarded, as was the hard work of the ClearDATA team and the organizations we serve, as we learned that we were named to the 2020 Inc. 5000 listing – the prestigious ranking of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US. And we ranked in the top third! This comes on the heels of other wins in the past few months: the Best Overall Healthcare Cybersecurity Company named by Medtech Breakthrough, Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies list in the Security category, Microsoft Health Innovation Award (won in partnership with our amazing customer, BehaVR) – and with any luck there are more to come.
In closing, to my team, our customers, and our partners I want to say that I acknowledge the battle of this year is not over and we have some hardship left to weather together, but there is so much we have accomplished and have yet to accomplish in 2020 that continues to usher in its surprises.
Keep your foot on the gas my friends and colleagues. We are still making healthcare better – every single day.