VitalMedicals Announces Seed Funding, Accelerating the Smart Hospital of the Future

  •  by Ash Eldritch

    Today, we are joining our fellow founders from the StartX Fall 2014 Class at StartX Demo Day in Palo Alto, where we will share our vision of the Smart Hospital of the future. We’re also thrilled to announce today that we have raised $925,000 in seed funding from professional angel investors and the Stanford-StartX Fund. 

    This funding will allow us to grow our technical team to continue building innovative smart glasses technologies for the hospital and beyond. It will also enable us to expand our pilot programs beyond our first two sites: El Camino Hospital and the Palo Alto Veterans Association Hospital.

    In the Smart Hospital, clinicians will always have the critical information they need for the task at hand, intelligently delivered to their mobile device or smart glasses. Communication and information sharing with anyone will be just a tap or voice command away. We’re building the technologies that will power the Smart Hospital. We’re connecting clinicians to their data and their teams, to maximize efficiency and drive higher-quality care. As such we are well positioned to help hospitals address the challenges of the new Affordable Care Act reforms aimed at tying hospital reimbursements to long-term quality outcomes for patients.

    VitalMedicals currently offers three mobile- and smart glasses-enabled products for use in hospitals:

    • VitalVideo streams live ultrasound, fluoroscopy,and endoscopy video to smart glasses and tablets during procedures, bringing that data right into a surgeon’s field of view to eliminate the need to reference screens that are too small or too far away, and keep the surgeon’s focus where it should be: on the patient.
    • VitalCom enables clinicians to talk with anyone else in the hospital with just a voice command to their smart glasses or mobile device, as well as sharing their point of view via smart glasses’ front-facing camera. Inefficient communications technologies cost U.S. hospitals $8.3 billion annually, so hands-free communication and view sharing has huge benefit for hospitals’ very distributed teams needing collaboration and expert assistance.
    • VitalStream streams live vital signs and alarms to the anesthesiologist or circulating nurse’s smart glasses or tablet during conscious sedation procedures to improve situational awareness. A study with Stanford University School of Medicine demonstrated significantly faster recognition of adverse patient events with VitalStream.

    Check out our video showing how VitalMedicals products empower surgeons at work.

    Thanks for your interest in VitalMedicals and stay tuned for more innovation in the coming year!