MakeOffices Member Spotlight: How Healthjump Is Making Health Data Accessible

Posted October 17, 2018 by Manu Aggarwal

Do you know what’s on your medical record, or how to access it?

Meet Healthjump, the Philadelphia startup which makes it easy to access, store, and move clinical data between electronic health records and applications.

We sat down with Cliff Cavanaugh, CTO at Healthjump to discuss healthcare IT, growing the company in Philadelphia, and exciting new developments.

Tell us about yourself.

Cliff: I am the co-founder of 2 companies, and have been an entrepreneur with a heavy focus on technology and software development. Data Trade Solutions was my first company (co-founded with Jim Rowland), started at the end of 2009. Prior to that, my career had been focused in healthcare working in hospital and doctor office environments with electronic health records.

What was the spark to start Healthjump?

Cliff: In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act fueled the growth of healthcare IT. Hospitals and medical offices began to digitize their medical records, and the government was paying for it. By 2014, electronic health records reached critical mass, and paper charts were in the rearview. The vision of Healthjump is to connect all the disparate systems in the healthcare ecosystem. Healthcare as an industry is so far behind with big data and using that same data the way other industries do.

Healthjump started at a roundtable discussion at a conference. Two attendees heard my vision for Healthjump and asked how much it would cost to fund something like this. We created a partnership and did a Series A funding round.

Who is your target customer?

Cliff: Our target customer is anybody taking a hyperfocused approach in solving a single healthcare problem through technology. There is over $100B invested in healthcare IT into startups and tech companies to help solve healthcare challenges. However, they have been hindered because of lack of data.

We help hospital systems like the University of Pennsylvania and Main Line Health with their practice acquisition efforts. We convert all data from the existing systems to theirs, which is much easier and streamlined through our product.

What has been the biggest hurdle so far?

Cliff: Healthcare’s slow adoption to big technology stages and innovation. A lot of business drivers come from government regulation, and that’s been slow.

What inspired the move to MakeOffices?

Cliff: My prior company had an office in Phoenixville in the suburbs. Healthjump acquired it, and now we had a presence in the suburbs. We looked at various cities around the country for our new office, yet wanted to test the waters in Philadelphia and see if we can become a homegrown company. We needed to leverage economies of scale through transportation, great schools/interns, and accessibility.

We also needed to be flexible, where team members could work downtown or out of the suburbs. Instead of committing to an office space long-term, it made much more financial sense to join a coworking space. We started at MakeOffices Center City with a 2-person office, and we now have 2 offices.

Why did you choose MakeOffices Center City?

Cliff: A few reasons. First is the location, and being close to two regional lines. There are great lunch, dining, and happy hour options, and optimal viewing at Center City sips. The second is the facilities. There are spacious conference rooms, an open kitchen, and great views. Finally, the flexibility to grow. We had to find a space that accommodated our growth, and that’s the reason we’ve stayed so long.

What do you like most about being a MakeOffices Center City member?

Cliff: We can simultaneously feel like a startup, but enjoy the benefits and facilities of a larger corporation.

Do you have a morning routine?

Cliff: Everything you shouldn’t do. I start by reading Slack alerts and then move to email. I have a long commute, so I respond to emails and create tasks by the time I get to the office.

What’s on your playlist right now?

Cliff: Diamonds by Jauz, Audio by Sia.

We have a playlist for the office called Healthjump Philly South.

What’s next for Healthjump?

Cliff: We’re ramping up our marketing efforts. We’ve been so focused on capabilities, and now need to go to the market to drive exposure and awareness.

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