Austin tech leader disrupts U.S. healthcare industry for the better
Editor’s note: This is the inaugural year for CultureMap’s Top Texans Under 30, a program that celebrates the twentysomething power players making a difference in their industries and communities across the Lone Star State — and, in some cases, the world. The full list is here. For now, read all about Jason Bornhorst.
A serial entrepreneur with a passion for healthcare innovation, Jason Bornhorst, 30, is one of Texas’ top tech movers and shakers. Before founding Patient IO, an Austin-based care coordination platform that engages patients and caregivers outside the clinic, Bornhorst was the director of product management at Mobiata, the company that built FlightTrack, one of the highest-grossing travel apps to hit the market. When Mobiata was acquired by Expedia in 2010, Bornhorst led the team who built the award-winning and user-friendly Expedia mobile app.
Patient IO is a direct result of Bornhorst’s combined passion for healthcare and experience in the mobile app industry. Users can send and receive messages with their healthcare providers, track health data, share information with their caregivers, and collaborate on their health right from a mobile device using the free Patient IO app. The app is opening doors for communication between providers and patients to facilitate care that’s more convenient for all parties. The hope is that more people receive the care they need.
Recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in healthcare, Bornhorst sat down with us to give us a glimpse into his life.
CultureMap: What inspires you to do what you do?
Jason Bornhorst: Healthcare is broken in the United States. Nearly 1 in 5 dollars goes to healthcare costs, and the only way out is efficiency gains enabled by technology. I get up every morning because I feel uniquely empowered to solve this problem.
CM: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to other Texans trying to innovate their industry?
JB: Give first. Add value to the network, and trust that it will be paid back. A strong support network is crucial when starting a new venture.
CM: Sum up Texas in three words:
JB: Community. Pro-business. Tacos.
CM: What’s one thing that people might not know about you?
JB: Seven years ago, I would have taken a $10,000 bet that I wouldn’t be living in Texas or working in healthcare. Life has a way of opening unexpected doors if you’re actively looking for them.
CM: Finish this sentence: “It’s a good day when … ”
JB: I can ride my bike everywhere I need to be.
RSVP now for the CultureMap Social: Top Texans Under 30 Edition, October 25 at 800 Congress, to celebrate Bornhorst and his fellow Austin winners.