Pre-Hospital Record Company Beyond Lucid Gets Funding
Care coordination is one area of health care that stands to gain a lot from the digitization of health data. The ability to move a patient’s information from one care setting to the next helps each caretaker learn a patient’s who, what, when, where and why. However, there’s one care setting, in which the five W’s by necessity are collected, that is typically forgotten. That’s the ambulance.
Emergency medical services workers, the majority of whom exclusively work with paper and clipboards, have seconds to hand a patient off to the ER. As a result, most of the information they gather in the time leading up to a patient’s admission isn’t passed on to clinicians.
That’s why Beyond Lucid created a pre-hospital record to electronically capture data collected in an ambulance and at the scene of an incident. The company’s MEDIVIEW platform allows emergency departments to download the record in the form of an XML file for insertion into their electronic health record systems.
“In 2012 people believe ― and rightly so ― that processes associated with emergency response should be streamlined, and they’re not,” Beyond Lucid CEO Jonathon Feit said.
Feit and co-founder Christian Witt understand the grave consequences. In 2006 Witt’s father and sister, William and Sarah Witt, passed away after sustaining injuries in a tragic car accident.
“The accident happened about 300 miles outside Albuquerque near the ‘Four Corners,’ where the distance between treatment facilities is extensive; rural medicine will therefore always be a critical focal area for us,” the company’s website says. The co-founders incorporated two capabilities into MEDIVIEW based on what they learned from William and Sarah’s story.
One, EMS workers in the ambulance can use the system to talk with physicians in the ER. This way physicians get an idea of who is coming in and why, and they can give orders to EMS workers on their ride in. Telehealth capabilities also allow physicians to receive pictures that the medic took at the scene. Two, the system has built-in GPS technology so the facility can receive an estimated time of arrival and prepare its clinical triage team.
Beyond Lucid has seven pilots at various stages of negotiation in California, and it has a pilot underway in New York City. This week the company received a six-figure convertible note from angel fund Dalmore Investments. This came on top of the half million dollars the company had previously raised.
Beyond Lucid won first place at DC to VC, an American Idol-style competition held by Morgenthaler Ventures and Health 2.0 this past October. The event is meant to introduce promising health tech companies to investors, and it’s where Beyond Lucid and Dalmore first connected.
Feit’s end vision for MEDIVIEW isn’t just to help EMS operate more efficiently. He hopes that result will spill over into the ER and make care better for everyone who lands there. He said he’ll never forget when, during a period of shadowing in various ERs, he walked into the University of New Mexico’s emergency department. He saw some of the sickest people he’s ever seen wait hours and hours for care.
“The hospitals care about them, and they’ll get care ― but they’ll wait all day,” Feit said. “If we can help make that more efficient so there’s less strain on the system, then you can sleep at night.”