Jonathan Bush shares details about the new startup
Former Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush launched his new digital health data-sharing platform Zus Health in June, with a focus on selling software directly to other developers, rather than to doctors or providers, according to a July 14 report. boston globe report.
Zus has four vendors on its platform: Oak Street Health, Firefly Health, Cityblock Health, and Dorsata. Zus’ goal is to serve as a place for builders to build proprietary healthcare applications for consumers by providing capabilities and tools that support healthcare workflows, data acquisition, interoperability of patient records and patient identity and data control.
Mr Bush compared the platform to Build-A-Bear Workshop – but rather than helping children make stuffed animals, Zus provides the building components needed by developers of digital health apps, according to the World.
“This represents a new business audience in healthcare that is genuinely interested in sharing records,” he said. “They benefit from shared data while [many of] established players don’t, and a set of tools to create things that just didn’t exist until recently.”
Zus also closed a $34 million funding round in June, led by investors including Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), F-Prime Capital, Maverick Ventures and Rock Health.
Mr. Bush co-founded the EHR firm Athenahealth in 1997; since resigning from Athenahealth in 2018, he has invested in and become executive chairman of telemedicine provider Firefly Health.