Health IT startup Iris Plans has been awarded winner of the 2017 Vator Splash Health competition in San Francisco that invites healthcare innovators to present their cutting-edge technology solutions throughout several rounds of judging. 8 finalists were narrowed from companies around the country to present to a panel of judges at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Judges were comprised of leaders from the healthcare sector and the nation’s top investment firms.
Iris Plans is a tech-enabled service that provides Advance Care Planning (ACP), or “healthcare planning,” to people with serious medical conditions.Through the use of secure video conference, Iris Plans connects people and their loved ones with an Iris Plans expert, who facilitates ACP discussions when convenient, including nights and weekends. Just as there are professional planners for finances, wedding, and education, Iris Plans helps those with serious medical conditions plan for what is most important – their health. A collateral benefit of these discussions is the reduction of more than $210 billion spent every year in the U.S. on unnecessary, unwanted, or non-beneficial healthcare.
“We are thrilled that an organization like Vator has awarded us this prize,” said Iris Plans CEO and co-founder Steve Wardle in a statement. “This is a great competition filled with fantastic companies, and it is an honor to receive this award from a panel of judges who represent the highest level of achievement in healthcare and venture capital.”