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A Health Tech Start-up With Minneapolis Roots

After two years of deep-diving into the “not-so-sexy” complex process of her clinical education software platform, Katrina Anderson ’17, CEO and co-founder of ClinicianNexus, has hit her stride.

The idea for her company struck her early in the Health Care MBA program at St. Thomas. In class her cohort would often debate and talk in length about innovation. “I was attracted to the community based learning of St. Thomas -- you do better together than when you’re alone.”

“Everybody loves the idea of innovation,” she continued. “It’s exciting and fun speaking about it. But when you’re in the trenches, it looks a lot different. It’s not just a single person executing an idea.”

Anderson was the youngest in her Health Care MBA cohort. She was exposed to all kinds of unique health care perspectives in class: from a top surgeon in the Twin Cities to classmates who previously worked outside the country. Her courses taught her to be a critical thinker and helped lay the groundwork for her business idea.

ClinicianNexus provides health systems, schools, and students with a people-centered platform that facilitates a clinical rotation management system, making their experience streamlined and transparent.

The Minneapolis start-up recently had more than 2,000 students join and complete over 500 rotations among four hospitals, five nursing schools and five plus medical schools. 

Anderson’s career journey has been challenging but rewarding. “I'm grateful we're one of the companies that’s gotten over the hump of proving our worth to the big players in health care. Now we're just trying to figure out how to grow and connect everyone.”

Her advice to students for disrupting the health care system?

“Have the curiosity to learn and be okay with not being right all the time. If you can stick with it and ask questions, you’ll have those really joyful ‘a-ha’ moments of solving a problem in health care.”