A startup by former Mayo Clinic doctors secure $1.1M from digital health investors

February 19
6:55 AM 2014

Mayo Clinic doctors have formed Ambient Clinical Analytics, a startup that secured $1.1 million from health IT investors over the weekend, VentureBeat reported.

The financing came from The Social+Capital Partnership, Mayo Clinic and Rock Health. Silicon Valley venture capitalists who were not named also participated in the funding round. Accelerator program Rock Health Co-Founder Halle Tecco told VentureBeat by email that she has always admired the "entrepreneurial spirit" of Mayo Clinic and that the new startup is a "product of that."

Headed by newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer Al Berning who is experienced in the technology industry, Ambient Clinical is engaged in the business of selling a host of technologies that were once utilized by Mayo Clinic physicians. Their offers comprise tools for clinical support and patient management, the report said.  

The startup will also set its sights on making technology for various hospital departments like the intensive care unit, emergency and operating rooms. An example of this technology is a patent-protected "Septic Shock Sniffer" tool, which is an alert system that informs doctors when a patient is already placed at risk for sepsis, the report said.

Doctors that use mobile devices can take advantage of the technology of Ambient Clinical since the data of their patients can readily be accessed using smartphones or tablets. The company also has created an ambient warning and response evaluation or AWARE tool. Through the use of analytics, this electronic medical record provides only medical data considered to be the most important, the report said.

VentureBeat quoted Brian Pickering, one of doctors who helped establish Ambient Clinical, who said in a statement, "The impetus behind creating AWARE was that I would arrive in the ICU and spend the first hours just coming to terms with basic patient facts. Other physicians face the same situation. By applying technology to this situation, we found a way to hit the ground running. The application was designed to make transitions of care safer and more efficient."

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