OSF Ventures Investing in Health Care Solutions

4/07/2016 - Peoria, Illinois

OSF HealthCare has launched OSF Ventures designed to strategically invest in new technology and devices that can transform and improve health care.

The corporate investment arm aims to financially back companies that have emerging technology to improve patient outcomes and reduce the financial burden to the health care system.

“This venture program gives OSF earlier access to viable solutions beneficial to the industry,” said Kevin Schoeplein, CEO of OSF HealthCare. “The investment strategy solidifies our commitment to innovation in the health care space.”

Opportunities are highly vetted with the help of clinical expertise within the health care system. A committee of C-level executives from across the Ministry make final investment decisions.

“Our interests include health care IT, diagnostics and medical devices,” said Stan Lynall, Director of Venture Investments for OSF. “We also welcome the opportunity to partner with the companies we invest in to advance their product or service.”

OSF Ventures has made four investments to-date:

  • Pieces Technologies, Inc. in Dallas, TX
  • Health Catalyst in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Pulse Therapeutics, Inc in St. Louis, MO
  • AVIA in Chicago, IL

It’s the goal of OSF Ventures to invest in up to eight companies per year. The investment program will also be formally announced at MedCity INVEST, a national health care investing conference in Chicago on April 12. 

Learn more at www.osfventures.org.

About the Companies

Pieces Technologies, Inc. is a health information technology company on a mission to advance health at every decision. The Pieces™ technology interprets patient data in real-time, using predictive models and deep clinical research to create warning tools that can save lives and grow healthier communities, both inside and outside of hospital walls. For more information visit www.piecestech.com

Health Catalyst is a mission-driven data warehousing, analytics and outcomes-improvement company that helps healthcare organizations of all sizes perform the clinical, financial, and operational reporting and analysis needed for population health and accountable care. Its enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and analytics platform helps improve quality, add efficiency and lower costs in support of more than 65 million patients for organizations ranging from the largest U.S. health system to forward-thinking physician practices. For more information, visit www.healthcatalyst.com

Pulse Therapeutics, Inc is a growing medical technology company advancing the fight against stroke, heart disease and other conditions with its high-level treatment solutions.  The company has developed a new approach to accelerate the delivery of therapeutic agents within the vasculature. The use of the company's patented technology, Magnetically Enhanced Delivery (MED) to control nanoscale, biologically-safe iron particles, has great potential to effect the fluid dynamics of drug delivery.  This faster rate of delivery of FDA-approved clot-busting medication could dramatically reduce the number of lives lost each year to stroke, heart disease and other diseases. Learn more about Pulse Therapeutics at www.pulsetherapeutics.com

AVIA is the innovation partner to the nation’s forward-leaning health systems. We help health systems advance from strategy to action – accelerating their pace of healthcare transformation. The AVIA Innovator Network brings providers together to solve shared challenges that are ripe for technology innovation. Our collaborative model drives a rigorous process to identify, implement, and scale innovations. The result? Health systems shorten their innovation cycles – taking on more opportunities with better results. Learn more at www.aviahealthinnovation.com.

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