6 health IT startups to know

From data analytics to patient engagement, here are six health IT startups to know.

Apervita. Pervasive Health was founded in 2012, but the company was renamed Apervita on Jan. 1.
Apervita is a health analytics and data marketplace. Shortly after adopting its new name, the company completed an $18 million Series A round of funding. GE Ventures and Baird Capital led the financing round. Pritzker Group, Venture Capital Math Ventures and existing investors also participated.

The company has 40 employees, but that number is expected to grow. Apervita has already drawn attention from the healthcare industry. In February, partners and providers HealthXL, a global clearinghouse for healthcare innovation, voted Apervita the "most likely to make the biggest immediate impact on digital health."

Near the end of February, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., announced it would use Apervita to commercialize its analytics.

Apervita is led by co-founder and CEO Paul Magelli.

Bioscape Digital. Stuart Bracken worked for Firethorn, a mobile wallet company acquired by mobile technologies company Qualcomm in 2007. After leaving Qualcomm, Mr. Bracken began to think about the idea of interacting with consumers in the healthcare space.
He, along with co-founders Grace Ou and Jeff Weese, created a tablet-based platform aimed at helping hospitals improve patient engagement, aggregate feedback and increase point-of-care revenue. Today, Bioscape Digital offers services such as real-time patient feedback, patient information capture and more.

The platform also helps hospital administrators get uninsured patients health coverage.

The company, founded in January 2013, today has 10 employees. Mr. Bracken serves as CEO, Ms. Ou as COO and Mr. Weese as CTO.

hc1.com. Indianapolis-based hc1.com provides a healthcare customer relationship platform. The platform is designed to combine clinical and business data to provide insight to drive an improved consumer experience.
hc1.com's Healthcare CRM platform aims to manage client, provider and patient relationships through live analytics. The company's clients include Cleveland Clinic; Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis; Washington University in St. Louis and more. The company has more than 600 client locations in five countries.

The company was founded by Brad Bostic in 2011. Mr. Bostic now serves as chairman and CEO of the company. hcl.com is funded by angel investors and has 100 employees.

Recently, hc1.com joined IBM Watson's ecosystem. The company's Patient Insights will now be powered by IBM's supercomputer.

Hospital IQ. Hospital IQ, based in Newton, Mass., is a platform designed to allow hospital leaders to leverage data for informed operational decisions and predictable outcomes.

The startup was founded in 2013 by software entrepreneur Rich Krueger. Mr. Krueger remains with the company as president and CEO. The company was self-funded through customer contracts, but took on additional growth equity this year. Today, Hospital IQ has 13 employees.

The Hospital IQ platform, which does not require an IT build, uses predictive analytics to find trends in existing hospital data. The platform can be used to solve problems around issues such as inpatient and operating room bed utilization, surgical throughput, staff overtime and capacity planning.

The platform has been used by providers including Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Boston Medical Center and Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

par8o. Daniel Palestrant, MD, and Adam Sharp, MD, are the founders of the online physician community SERMO, but they recently teamed up on a new project.

The physicians are the founders of par8o, a health IT startup that aims to create an operating system for the entire healthcare industry.

The company's system offers referral management and population health support. par8o allows users to send referrals to any physician, regardless of if they use par8o.

Dr. Palestrant now serves as CEO of the company. Dr. Sharp is par8o's president and CMO. The company's executive leadership team also includes a chief technology officer, senior vice president of operations and vice president of finance.
The company's clients include Harvard Medical School hospitals in Boston, Mount Sinai Health System facilities in New York and more.

RightCare Solutions. RightCare Solutions, based in Philadelphia, is a medical technology company that focuses on reducing patient readmissions.

The company was founded in 2010 by now CEO Eric Heil. The company began as Mr. Heil's business school project while he was pursuing his MBA at Wharton School in Philadelphia. While in the MBA program, he met Mrinal Bhasker and Matt Tanzer. Mr. Bhasker is now the company's chief technology officer, and Mr. Tanzer is its chief outcomes officer. Mr. Weil licensed the company from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.

RightCare is funded by private investors. In Oct. 2012, the company raised $11 million through Series A funding. Today, the company has 23 employees.

RightCare software is designed to benefit chief technology officers, CFOs and case managers. The software stratifies patient risk at admission. The software, which is disease agnostic, integrates with any existing EHR software and requires no hardware.

If you would like to recommend a health IT startup to be profiled, please reach out to Carrie Pallardy at cpallardy@beckershealthcare.com.  

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