By Leena Rao | Posted April 25, 2013 (Featured on TechCrunch)
Cloud storage company Box is making a big push into the healthcare sector today. Not only has Box received HIPAA compliance, but the company has to announce a new set of partners in the space, as well as an equity investment in DrChrono, a startup that simplifies the professional lives of doctors by bringing electronic health records and much more to the iPad.
Healthcare is an enterprise vertical for Box, and is growing fast, says co-founder and CEO, Aaron Levie. The company even hired Missy Krasner, who helped found Google Health, as a healthcare advisor.
In the past year, Box’s sales in the healthcare industry grew more than 81 percent, with clients including Henry Ford Health System, Beaumont Health System, HealthTrust Europe, Johns Hopkins HealthCare Solutions, Wake Forest Baptist Health, San Juan Regional Medical Center and Garden City Hospital.
The company is also announcing that a number of new healthcare startups are using Box’s API and platform including Umbie DentalCare, TigerText, Doximity, Medigram, PostureScreen Mobile, iMedViewer, iPaxera, Medi-Copy, and Healthtap. And Box has made an undisclosed investment in DrChrono through the Box Innovation Network.
Part of making this big push into healthcare is getting the certifications that allow healthcare providers and companies to store medical information in the cloud. Box says it is now HIPAA compliant and is considered a secure and trusted platform for protected health information (PHI), personal health record files (PHRs), and is able to securely serve clinical researchers, healthcare systems and health insurance providers.
The company explains that there are a number of ways for healthcare companies to use Box (besides via a partner app like DrChrono). For example, a doctors’ office would store a patient’s medical record or clinical summary in the cloud, or share clinical documents, images and medical records within or between differing EHR systems or even patients.
As Box readies for an IPO in the coming year, going deep in verticals like healthcare will help the company’s top line. And the fact that healthcare systems are securing medical information with Box is a testament to the platform’s security, which is another huge product development area for the year.