Big data startup Explorys gets new strategic investor, Heritage Group

Steve McHale, left, and Charlie Lougheed started Explorys in 2009.

Explorys founders Steve McHale, left, and Charlie Lougheed

Healthcare big data company Explorys has added venture capital firm the Heritage Group as its latest strategic investor.

The dollar amount of the investment from Nashville-based Heritage is unclear, but Explorys said it will use the funding to accelerate product development, sales and customer deployments, according to a statement.

Cleveland-based Explorys’ other investors include Austin Ventures, Foundation Medical Partners, Santé Ventures, Cleveland Clinic and 23Bell. The company raised an $11.5 million series C round of investment last year.


The Explorys investment comes out of Heritage’s $157 million Healthcare Innovation Fund, which was launched in January 2011.

Heritage touts the fund’s “unique investment structure,” with limited partners that include a number of hospitals and healthcare companies such as Cardinal Health, Amedisys, Vanguard Health Systems and Iowa Health System.

“The fund’s mix of limited partners, which include some of the nation’s leading hospital systems and healthcare companies across many sectors, reflects where healthcare is headed: towards a more collaborative approach to the delivery of care,” said Paul Wallace, managing director with the Heritage Group.

An Explorys official didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Explorys has developed what it calls a Google-like network that contains troves of clinical and financial data from hospitals, and allows health providers to analyze that data in real time.

The idea is that doctors and medical researchers can mine the vast amounts of data to learn how variations in treatment can affect outcomes and uncover best practices to enhance patient care and lower costs.

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