Nightingale, a San Francisco-based start-up vendor of an electronic health records system for treatment of autism with embedded analytics, clinical decision support and reimbursement modules, ended its beta phase on March 23 and now offers the product under general availability.
Two young entrepreneurs, CEO Delian Asparouhov and CTO Eric Bakan, both dropouts from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, raised $660,000 in seed funding and lead the company of five employees with 10 clients.
Asparouhov, 21, left MIT in 2013 after receiving a two-year, $100,000 grant from Thiel Fellowship, which funds creative and motivated young people to help them focus on work, research and self-education outside of a university, according to the Thiel website. The goal is to have these individuals doing instead of studying. Bakan, 20, later left school and joined Asparouhov to create Nightingale, with Asparouhov splitting with Bakan the monthly financial allotment from Thiel.
Frustrated by the treatment his grandmother received while fighting cancer, Asparouhov saw oncology as the first target for the company to help clinicians make better decisions and improve communication with patients and families. Soon after, the STEPS Center for Excellence in Autism in Strongsville, Ohio, asked for help in improving its workflow and the focus changed. Three other autism facilities joined the beta effort to build and test the EHR.
Three recent clients now are in the pilot stage, including an autism research center at Stanford University, a treatment center in Oakland, Calif., and the San Diego School District. The EHRs reporting and analytics features enable treatment facilities to automate what have been manual spreadsheet functions to track common behaviors of persons with autism such as frequency of biting, or to assess progress such areas as name recognition.
Cost for the technology platform is $15 per user per month with bulk discounts for companies, $15 per month for parents and negotiated fees for schools based on how they intend to use the system, Asparouhov says. The system supports mobile and desktop computing devices. More information is available here.
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