An Interview with Howie Bartz – President, and Founder of Meditech
Howie Bartz has been developing and transforming Meditech since he created the company back in 2007. He currently serves as the president, and it’s under his leadership that Meditech has become a medical service company that seeks to provide both quality products and services. The turn-key programs for physicians generate substantial revenue.
Meditech supplies durable medical equipment like braces and conductive garments, compound pharmaceuticals, physical therapy systems, and urine site collection. Howie Bartz uses both his business skills and his scientific knowledge to develop products. He also created the Bartz Bracing Systems, a product line of specially designed back, knee, and neck braces, as well as TENS units.
Howie Bartz earned his bachelor of science in physical therapy from Daemen College, graduating summa cum laude. After graduation, Howie Bartz worked as a physical therapist for five years in two outpatient centers that he owned and operated. He then worked as an account manager for RS Medical from 2000 to 2007, where he was in charge of the sales and management of durable medical equipment.
Aside from physical therapy and his work with Meditech, Bartz is interested in stock and option trading, having completed both live and online coursework in these fields. In his spare time, he engages in theater, surfing, golf, travel, snowboarding, and tennis.
We spoke with Howie Bartz who shared everything from the trend he believes is making the biggest impact on the healthcare industry to his personal approach to starting a new business venture.
What’s one trend that really excites you?
I believe that the mRNA trend is the most exciting thing happening in the healthcare industry. We have already seen its immediate impact with COVID vaccines and I believe that this is just the beginning.
Tell us about a skill you taught yourself. How did you go about learning?
Since I started my first business in 2007, I have had to learn a lot of new technologies over the past 15 years. Learning how to navigate Excel was a key skill that I have found essential to running a business, and Slack was another.
I found that YouTube videos were the easiest way to learn these new tools. Taking on a little each day made for efficient learning.
What is your approach to starting a new project or business venture?
I have always been a pen to paper guy and this is where it usually starts. After taking notes and creating a quick outline I then start to collaborate with team members or potential partners. From there I like to calendar follow-up meetings and create short-term punch lists.
How do you go about delegating projects to others?
My goal is to play to my employees’ strengths and goals while assessing their current workloads. I try to look for employees who would welcome the additional responsibility and always explain why I’ve decided to delegate the project to them.
The key is to provide proper training to complete the task and create actionable goals that align with the project.