By Chris Bavender
Carmel-based Olio, a health care tech startup, has launched its platform nationally after more than a year of working toward that goal.
“In the second half of 2018, we soft launched with a couple central Indiana health care organizations and have had some tremendous patient outcomes,” said Ben Forrest, founder and CEO of Olio.
Olio started as a consulting firm with a goal of solving the “communication puzzle in the episode of care … and eliminate unnecessary work flows,” according to its website. Its platform aims to close the communication gap between acute and post-acute providers, so patients receive more coordinated care and improved clinical outcomes.
“As consultants, we worked with local health care organizations to provide training, re-invent workflows and simply better align hospitals and post-acute providers around their patients,” Forrest said. “We quickly realized to impact a larger patient population that we needed to bring forward a technology solution that could scale across our communities and the country. By digitizing the collaboration between hospitals and post-acute providers, the positive impacts we achieved as a consultancy on patient outcomes can stretch out across the country.”
Forrest said the national launch represents the availability of the Olio communication platform to hospitals and post-acute providers.
“With the insights gained from the soft launch and resulting improvements made by the Carmel-based software engineering team, we’re actively adding new customers,” he said. “We’re in the process of implementing a number of progressive hospitals, physicians and post-acute customers in the Midwest and hope to move into new communities and states throughout 2019.”
Olio has 13 employees. The national launch represents the movement to take on more customers, Forrest said, which will result in growing the team in its Carmel office.
“We’re proud of our Hoosier roots and excited to be part of the growing Carmel tech community,” Forrest said.