I just saw the news hit Techcrunch that a new company 100Plus raised $500k from Peter Thiel and is being founded by Chris Hogg and Ryan Howard, CEO of free EHR vendor Practice Fusion.
My first response was, wait…Ryan Howard is founder of a new startup company. What about Practice Fusion. Then, as I read about 100Plus, I realized that 100Plus is basically an extension of Practice Fusion. I see it as Practice Fusion’s research division. Sure, Practice Fusion already has a research division, but 100Plus is likely going to be the way that Practice Fusion is able to leverage their currently 24 million records.
Techcrunch describes the new company, 100Plus as such:
Essentially, 100Plus is a personalized health prediction platform that uses data analytics and game mechanics to show just how much small changes in one’s behavior can lead to a longer and fuller life.
I’ll be interested to see what they produce. I’m sure they’ll reach out beyond just the Practice Fusion data to other healthcare data repositories as well. However, the game mechanics part of it sounds interesting to me. I’ve always believed that someone is going to find a way to improve our health using some form of game mechanics. I’m not sure if 100Plus will be the company to do that (they’re still in stealth mode until next year), but someone will.