Austin-based Filament Labs gets $3M booster shot from athenahealth

November 13, 2015
Filament Labs, maker of the healthcare coordination system , joined athenahealth’s More Disruption Please accelerator program earlier this week.
The partnership includes a $3.32 million investment from athenahealth in Filament Labs that will pave the way for the Austin startup to expand its API program to athenahealth’s growing network of 72,000 healthcare providers. Athenahealth will also offer mentorship and office space to Filament Labs in its Seaholm Power Plant location.
Patient IO is currently deployed in 27 clinical sites, so the growth potential through the athenahealth network is explosive.
Kyle Armbrester, athenahealth’s Chief Product Officer, said integrating Patient IO will make his company’s job easier.
“Patient IO’s API-first architecture is built for integration,” he said in a statement. “Integrating the Patient IO platform with athenaNet will accelerate our product roadmap and enable us to better meet our clients’ patient engagement, chronic care management, and population health needs.”
According to Filament Labs CEO and co-founder Jason Bornhorst (pictured right), the collaboration with athenahealth is a natural step for Patient IO, which was designed to integrate with virtually any healthcare software system and operate in the background.
“Patient IO works in tandem with an Electronic Health Records (EHR) or population health program such as those offered by athenahealth, [so we’re] helping Athenahealth accelerate their product roadmap and enable them to better meet their clients’ patient engagement, chronic care management, and population health needs.”
Bornhorst said making Patient IO an API instead of a standalone application was a critical strategic decision early on.
“Healthcare is defined by large, pervasive software systems, such as the EHR, that health systems use to manage all aspects of care delivery,” Bornhorst said. “The last thing doctors want is yet another dashboard to open.”
The 11-person Patient IO team is mostly developers, but is adding positions in sales, engineering and customer success as it expands within athenahealth’s program.
Images courtesy of Filament Labs.

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