ThoroughCare, a health care software company developed in the Iron Yard’s health technology accelerator.
What they do
“The best way we describe it is like TurboTax but for health care. Our software always puts the right questions in front of the patient and gets smarter as they answer questions,” said Dan Godla, founder and CEO.
Who they are
Godla previously spent eight years working in the medical software industry. Additionally, the team consists of two programmers who designed the software and a certified nurse practitioner who assess the clinical content.
What they want
Currently seeking partners for pilot programs and $400,000 to hire employees full-time, develop software.
Since participating in the accelerator program during the summer of 2013, ThoroughCare has developed an assessment strategy, built a prototype, and is looking to develop pilot programs, Godla said.
Its original technology guides nurses through their initial patient interviews, generating questions that that help provide accurate diagnoses and assess risks. Custom questionnaires for specific issues such as asthma can be created on the fly.
“The health care industry has a lot of innovations, but we’re still doing things in an inefficient way,” Godla said.
The product is designed to be an add-on to whatever software is currently being used at a health care facility, rather than a complete replacement. The company partnered with Clemson University nursing students to test the software. The first prototype is now complete and demos are underway.
In recent months ThoroughCare began modifying its current product so that it can be used in the patient discharge process as well, reducing the need for tedious forms. That includes identifying patients who are likely to be readmitted.
The ability to assess possible readmissions has become important as insurance providers transition to penalizing hospitals for patient readmissions rather than paying for them. In that change, ThoroughCare saw a new market opportunity.
“As an entrepreneur, that’s rather exciting when you look at the industry and see wow, there’s an area where people aren’t being served,” Godla said.
The company is still in the information-gathering phase about what will be needed for the discharge version of the software, but Godla said it is scheduled to be built this summer and tested with physicians.
The company has sought partnerships with area hospitals, which Godla said seem very interested in working with startups. Spartanburg Regional Hospital has provided important feedback, and there have also been talks with Greenville Health System.
Godla said he believes the company is close to getting its first customers and necessary funding. Meetings with a few investor groups in South Carolina have left him optimistic.
“A few of the ones we talked to thought we were a little early for them. We haven’t heard ‘no’ – we’ve heard ‘not yet,’ which is a good thing.”
He said the most exciting part of the work has been meeting with end users. “It’s always encouraging for me to hear people talk abbot the problems with their current software,” he said. “So often people are settling for software that doesn’t do what they need it to do.”