TruClinic Receives Utah TCIP Grant Award

TruClinic, creator of the Virtual Healthcare Portal has been awarded a grant through the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP).

TruClinic™, LLC, creator of the Virtual Healthcare Portal has been awarded a grant through the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP). The grant money will be used for the implementation of TruClinic’s™ Patient Portal on the Goshute Indian Reservation on the Utah - Nevada border.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as an award recipient,” said Justin Kahn, TruClinic™ CEO. “This public-private partnership will give our team an opportunity to fine tune our business model to meet the growing demand for delivering remote healthcare solutions to underserved populations worldwide.”

TruClinic™ has developed an internet portal that provides patients with access to healthcare providers through a user friendly virtual clinic. The healthcare portal simulates an in-person office experience via webcam allowing for 24/7 patient access from a remote location through a secure desktop connection that meets HIPAA and HITECH standards. Service models include: psychotherapy (TruClinic’s™ market entry point), medical and preventive lifestyle counseling, and patient monitoring.

“If all politics are local, then all Healthcare is personal,” said John Nelson, MD, former president of the American Medical Association and current Chief Medical Officer for TruClinic™. “Our model keeps the patient as the focal point of healthcare; it is truly personalized medicine.”

One of the TruClinic™ advantages is that the portal is truly interoperable. TruClinic’s™ goes beyond existing store-andforward technology used by most Healthcare systems today and becomes the keystone for the patient-centered medical home. Our ability to be accessible to networks of healthcare service providers (third party providers, private practices, government services, and consumer advocacy groups); incorporates the largest number of product features and allows for diverse revenue models.

“We were thoroughly impressed with the diversity and strength of the technologies and teams who presented [this year],” said David Bradford, Program Director for TCIP. “They reflect tremendously well on the strong state of our science and commercialization efforts at our state colleges and universities here in the state of Utah.”

The Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (formerly “Centers of Excellence”) is a State-funded grant and mentoring program originally developed by the Utah Legislature in 1986 to help accelerate the process of taking cutting edge technologies developed at Utah’s colleges and universities to market, to drive economic development and job creation for Utah. Historically, the TCIP statute only permitted grants to universities, however, in 2007, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law, changes to the statute that now permit grants to companies (startup and existing) that license technology developed at a Utah college or university.