Patient Safety Platform Ferrum Health Raises $9 Million

By Dan Anderson ● April 12, 2020
  • Ferrum Health, a developer of enterprise IT and AI patient safety platform for health systems, announced it raised $9 million in funding

Ferrum Health — a developer of an enterprise IT and AI patient safety platform for health systems — announced it raised $9 million in Series Seed funding led by Blumberg Capital with participation from GSR, Vulcan Capital, Valley Capital Partners, and an undisclosed strategic family office. The seed funding will be used for continuing to advance and refining its flagship AI patient safety platform, making key engineering hires, and growing its sales and marketing capabilities.

And Ferrum Health’s next-generation artificial intelligence technology is designed to help health system executives prevent costly medical errors across their patient population, serving as a safety net that uses artificial intelligence algorithms to assist quality teams in the peer review of radiology studies. Last month, Sutter Health (a large nonprofit healthcare system in Northern California) announced the deployment of Ferrum’s patient safety platform across its Sacramento facilities to deliver higher quality and more consistent care to its millions of patients.

Ferrum’s AI patient safety platform provides health systems with a multi-pronged patient safety evaluation system. And the system deploys multiple computer vision algorithms that assess radiologic images for commonly missed pathologies like lung nodules or fractures and then uses a proprietary natural language processing algorithm to correlate those findings with physician notes, flagging potentially missed findings for hospital quality officers to follow-up on – all without disrupting provider workflows. As a result, Ferrum’s platform works as a tool for assisting team members looking to improve patient safety practices at their hospital.

In connection with the funding, Patrick Steele (Blumberg Capital) will join Ferrum Health’s Board of Directors. Steele previously worked as the former executive vice president and CIO for Delta Dental of California and as a member of the board of directors for CommonSpirit Health.

Key Quotes:

“As a society, it is unconscionable that we allow preventable medical errors to remain the third leading cause of death in the world. Ferrum’s mission is to eliminate avoidable harm across all of healthcare, and this capital will be instrumental to further building out and scaling our platform to more health systems and patients. With this seed funding, Ferrum will focus on rapidly expanding the number of patient lives and types of medical errors our AI patient safety platform covers. We are now well-positioned with our mix of investors to drive this important mission forward alongside the many quality-focused health systems that we serve.”

-Pelu Tran, co-founder and CEO of Ferrum Health

“Ferrum’s platform stood out to us as a differentiated solution with broad market potential to provide unique quality insights to healthcare professionals that could make an enormous impact on saving lives. Far too many lives are lost every year to preventable medical errors. Ferrum offers a unique opportunity to integrate technology to solve problems and catch errors that are missed by humans. We’re excited about the opportunity Ferrum has to improve the quality of care that health systems deliver at the population level.”

-Patrick Steele of Blumberg Capital