WINNER: Clarity Health Services
Location: Seattle | Employees: 40 | clarityhealth.com
While the overall costs of health care remain a concern, Clarity Health Services works to lower them in one important area. Through its web-based patient referral system, it hopes to eliminate much of the estimated $50 billion spent on avoidable readmission to hospital emergency departments.
Emergency rooms, Clarity CEO Bill Bunker explains, are for stabilizing patients, not curing them. Yet when most patients leave the ER, they don’t know what they need to do next. Clarity’s cloud-based emergency department discharge system brings together what had been separate pieces, to refer patients to physicians for follow-up and ensure that both do so. As Bunker sums it up, “We’re enabling people to more effectively coordinate care.”
Early studies suggest that Clarity’s approach is working where used, with return visits to those emergency departments down 12 percent. While Clarity currently operates only in Washington and Alaska, Bunker expects to quickly expand the product’s geographical reach. Among his challenges as the company strives to focus and prioritize will be to manage a strong demand—a condition any business would welcome.