Seven years ago, Rachael Korinek was diagnosed with a series of overlapping conditions without any good options for treatment. After wasting time and money on a series of specialists, what ended up helping her most was connecting with other patients online.
It took a while to find other patients, “but when I did find them, it was life changing,” she says. “We were able to share experiences and progress with each other. And eventually most of us were able to find effective treatment and get our lives back.”
It was there that she met Joey Tuan, another patient, and together they realized they were on to something. “There’s a lot of resources for specific diseases, but nothing that consolidates it,” Tuan says.
And so, the two teamed up to start HealClick, a communal health-tracking platform that launched in January. With 3,300 users, HealClick connects patients seeking to compare and review treatments, track symptoms and ask medical questions with the goal of restoring quality of life.
One of the most powerful aspects of the platform is its data collection for treatments. Currently, HealClick houses over 7,000 treatment reviews, and symptoms are tracked daily. So researchers and doctors can see the effects of a particular treatment on a particular symptom over a period of time.
Because of the research interest, the startup has had a pretty successful first few months. They raised $22,200 in an Indiegogo campaign, and received a $5,000 investment from the Mill, a Downtown accelerator. They also have partnerships with UCLA and DePaul University.
Research aside, the cornerstone of the project is providing support and encouragement for those living with illness. “These are patients that were like us,” Tuan says. “They were failed by the medical system.”
Another Startup Leaves for the Bay Area
Rumgr, a location-based platform for buying and selling goods, is moving out of Las Vegas to the Bay Area after online retail giant e-Bay bought their software. Alex Coleman, Dylan Bathurst and the rest of the team will be moving to San Jose to work on a new product called Close5, which is a mobile app very similar to Rumgr, according to an announcement on their website.
The startup launched three years and got rolling with a $500,000 funding round in 2012 led by Tony Hsieh, according to Crunchbase.
“We’d like to thank our loyal Rummagers, friends and those who have encouraged and supported us throughout these past three years. It has been an amazing journey that would not have been possible without all of you and it is our sincerest wish that you will continue showing us the love by joining us on Close5,” the announcement reads.
Unfortunately for Rummagers, starting Oct. 6 their site will no longer accept new listings and will shut down completely on Nov. 1.
Time to Celebrate
Attention local techies! Entrepreneurs and investors are flocking to Downtown next week for the Tech Cocktail Celebrate conference. On Oct. 6-7th, Downtown will take center stage and it will be interesting to see the dynamic of the community in the wake of 30 layoffs from the Downtown Project.