Earlier this year, Mint founder Aaron Patzer’s newest venture, Vital Software, raised a $5.2M seed fund from First Round Capital and DFJ Ventures, as well as angel investors Vivek Garipalli, CEO of CloverHealth, and Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg, founders of Flatiron Health.
Founded in 2017, Vital aims to enhance electronic health records (EHR) in hospital emergency departments.
“Vital sits on top of your existing EHR for a faster, easier view of the ED,” the company said in its website. “We make extensive use of artificial intelligence (AI) to lead patients down the right path early, reducing wait times and length-of-stay. With mobile check-in and live wait time updates, we keep patients safer and happier.”
Vital’s solution offers interfaces for both patient and clinician. The Vital web app captures necessary medical information and context regarding their visit to the ED.
Once a patient register, they receive a secure link to check in on their own mobile or tablet while waiting. Data provided by patients automatically fills triage notes, allowing nurses to spend more time assessing and treating patients.
The software doesn’t handle billing, and patients can also upload their insurance card. All this information is captured and presented through the clinician portal, which includes a risk level for the patient color-coded in red or green, reports MedGadget.
After selling Mint to Intuit for $170 million in 2009, Patzer, brings a fresh perspective to tackling existing healthcare technology and workflow challenges.
“There are no startups really that have gone after Epic and Cerner and Allscripts,” Patzer told MobiHealthNews in an interview. “All of these tools originated in the 1970s. They have really old code bases. But it’s such a complex area where you have to solve for so many things, that people really only chip away at the sides and they go after the core. But our view is you do really have to go after the core experience because that’s how you improve patient safety, that’s how you improve doctors and nurses’ lives.”