Health data aggregation and centralization platform 1upHealth announced that it has landed $2.38 million in seed funding. The funding round was led by Eniac Ventures, Social Leverage and Meridian Street Capital.
What they do
The Boston-based startup lets patients, providers and developers aggregate and share health data — including information from EHRs — through an API. The platform is able to convert esoteric EHRs into the FHIR standards. It also has a patient interface, which lets them authorize connections between their data and provider. Currently the platform works in more than 208 healthcare systems around the US.
While a relatively young company, 1upHealth has already been making the competition rounds over the last two years. In March of 2018 the company was named one of the winners of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's “Oh the Places Data Goes: Health Data Provenance” Challenge.
In total the company said it has won seven awards from the US government. The prize money from these events was the primary funder of the company, along with an investment Boston Children’s Hospital.
Most recently the company was selected as one of 30 digital health companies to join the MassChallenge 2019 cohort.
What it’s for
The new money will be put towards scaling the operation and furthering its work on EHR connectivity, the company said in a statement.
Several new APIs have come on the scene recently, promising to make it easier for developers to get into the health space. In June Apple announced that it will allow developers to create apps that can, with permission, use data from patient’s electronic health records to help people manage care, medications, nutrition and more. Outside of EHRs, Dexcom has also made their CGM data available to third parties through an API.
On the record
“Our goal is to help people live longer healthier lives through intelligent analysis of consumer sensor data and information collected within the hospital setting. The time is right to take advantage of ubiquitous wearable devices and marry it with clinical outcomes to ensure that medical interventions improve patient outcomes, and we want to remove the obstacles, making it easy for any developer to implement,” Ricky Shau, founder and CEO of 1upHealth, said in a statement. “We hope to make healthcare easier for both patients and providers through our automated data integration so that both parties can be alerted of opportunities that can improve well-being.”