Datu Health raises $10M from St. Joseph Health for health tracking

By Aditi Pai

Datu HealthChesterfield, Missouri-based Datu Health, which offers a health monitoring platform that allows providers to keep track of patients, has raised $10 million from integrated healthcare delivery system St. Joseph Health. The health system has been an early supporter of the startup, which was founded in 2013.

This isn't the first digital health company the provider has backed: St. Joseph also invested in remote patient monitoring company AirStrip Technologies last year.

Datu Health and St. Joseph's Health made news earlier this summer, when they announced a five-year, $25 million partnership to develop new Datu Health-based programs for St. Joseph's Health patients that focus on patients' specific health concerns as well as build out Datu Health's offering, called the Persuasion Engine. This five-year partnership built on an already existing two-year deal that was announced in August 2013.

Patients using Datu Health can track their health with consumer fitness devices and apps and sync that data to the program, which also pulls in clinical data. A patient's care team and family can view this data and also communicate with the patient through the offering. For example, a care manager or the patients' family members can remind the patient to take their medication, suggest a healthy recipe, or send relevant health information about the patient's condition. Every week, a patient's care manager can view their progress, and every six months, a patient's doctor can also view their clinical data and progress summaries.

St. Joseph Health has facilities in California, Texas, and New Mexico. The provider delivers care to 137,000 inpatients and 3.6 million outpatients annually.