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Phrase Health got $1.7M from NIH for its better patient outcomes dashboard

"The sheer volume of data generated by our digital healthcare system today is overwhelming," said CEO Marc Tobias, a practicing emergency physician. It's a challenge his CHOP-spinout startup is tackling.

Phrase Health's platform. (Photo via Twitter @phrasehealth)

Phrase Health, maker of electronic health record data tools, announced Tuesday it had been awarded $1.7 million in a Phase 2 Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) grant from the National Institute of Health.

The funding comes to company after it received a $225,000 Phase 1 STTR grant last year.

Phrase Health, based out of 2001 Market St., was founded by clinical informatics physicians and spun out of technology developed at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2018. Its software provides web-based analytics dashboards and collaboration tools to better understand clinical processes and electronic interventions such as alerts and order sets. The current proposal builds on its Phase 1 with a goal to reduce clinical variation, and the end result of the research is its new product, Phrase Health Outcomes.

“Quality, informatics, and IT teams are all involved in building electronic interventions and workflows. They are all also interested in delivering better patient outcomes. This research aims to build upon our innovative approach to more tightly integrate these operational teams,” said Phrase Health CEO Dr. Marc Tobias, a practicing emergency physician, in a statement. “The complexity of clinical workflows and the sheer volume of data generated by our digital healthcare system today is overwhelming. Our vision is to use technology to help understand this data and then link together the teams driving improvement around it.”

Phase 2 research will include researchers from CHOP, Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the University of Vermont Health Network.

Meanwhile, Phrase is hiring for a head of client development. The company’s former principal software engineer, Stacy Rosenfeld, made our RealLIST Engineers last year. (Psst, nominations are open for the 2021 edition.)

Companies: CHOP

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