KANSAS CITY, KAN – The Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center (BTBC at KUMC) now has a sixth tenant.
Mobile health solutions company eNovation LLC has moved into the BTBC at KUMC, located on the KU Medical Center campus. The company creates software applications that streamline workflow for specialty physicians by enabling better outcome measure tracking and improved patient care. These mobile applications can be used as a stand-alone app or as a bolt-on to a doctor's existing electronic medical records.
Initially, eNovation will focus on rheumatology-specific applications but will soon expand to other medical specialties. The company's first product, iRheum, can decrease the time it takes to evaluate and prescribe therapy to a rheumatoid arthritis patient by 25 percent.
"eNovation's focus is to enable specialty physicians to evaluate and treat patients more efficiently and effectively by designing software specific to their workflow," said Scott Pribyl, eNovation co-founder and chief executive officer. "We designed our cloud-based solution from the perspective of the specialty physicians so they can see more patients and increase patient satisfaction due to shorter office visits."
The iRheum platform is designed to allow for specialties to be interchanged like modules. For example, outcome measures for rheumatologists in iRheum can easily be replaced with specific outcome measures for dermatologists to create a psoriasis app.
"We've developed our technologies so that they can easily expand to other specialty areas," said Pribyl, a rheumatology resident expert with 12 years of experience in the field. "That's why being near the KU Medical Center will be crucial. By being here, we can work alongside doctors to improve our product and help them improve patient care."
The company's management team includes Pribyl; co-founder and chief operating officer Jarrod Townsend, an expert in health information exchange and corporate operations, and Ross A. Leo, a nationally recognized HIPPA and data security expert who served as director of security engineering and chief security architect for NASA before becoming the chief information security officer for the University of Texas Medical Branch.
BTBC at KUMC now houses eNovation, Aptakon, EON Labs, Orbis Biosciences, OsteoGeneX and Midwest Energy Solutions. The six companies combine for 17 employees. eNovation is the 20th company to locate in the statewide BTBC system, which comprises the BTBC at KUMC and three additional buildings in Lawrence – the BTBC Main Facility, BTBC Expansion Facility and BTBC St. Andrews Facility.
"We have big plans for this company," said Pribyl, "and the BTBC has everything we need to achieve our goals. Not only does the BTBC give us access to KU Medical Center, but BTBC staff provides a range of business development and consulting services that are crucial to a health technology company like ours."
BTBC at KU Background
The BTBC at KU incubator system provides state-of-the-art wet lab and office space, access to KU and KUMC resources and research expertise, and business support services such as capital-raising and consulting services from incubator staff. The BTBC system was launched in August 2010 and comprises four facilities, totaling nearly 70,000 square feet of space. The BTBC is a partnership of the Lawrence-Douglas County Bioscience Authority, University of Kansas, city of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas Bioscience Authority and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.