Anima Funding Image by TheDigitalWay from PixabayAnima, the vendor behind a next-generation clinical operating system that helps care teams deliver optimal care plans to patients in minutes, has raised $12 million. Molten Ventures led the Series A funding round. The round was also supported by existing investors Hummingbird Ventures, Amino Collective and Y Combinator. The round was also supported by Sidar Sahin, founder of Peak Games. He sold the company for $1.8 billion to Zynga in June 2020.

Founded in 2021 by Shun Pang (CEO and CTO) and Rachel Mumford (COO), the vendor raised its first funds in the same year. Participating in Y Combinator and gaining around $2.5 million in seed funding. Since then, it has developed its platform, launched and gained its first customers. While the company is headquartered in San Francisco, it is mainly based in London. Its customers are from across the NHS, with over 200 practices using the platform, according to its website.

Customers include Eleanor Cross Healthcare, Your Health Partnership and Fordingbridge Surgery. These and other surgeries use the Anima universal operating system. Enabling them to streamline care at multiple levels across clinics, networks and regions, with a patient-facing element to the software.

The Anima platform provides a range of automation and information for clinics and practitioners. It automates much of the communication and paperwork that doctors, nurses and administrators need to complete. It adds a level of intelligence, triaging patient requests automatically, enabling faster allocation of resources and appointments to patients.

With clinics globally facing financial and staffing constraints, the medical profession must adopt automation and digitally transform practices. Anima believes its solution enables 85% of patient enquiries a swift resolution, within a day. Much better than the average timeframe of 11-14 days seen across many practices.

Investment in product and growth

Anima has plans to further improve its platform. In December, it released Anima Document Processing. This reduces the time spent managing documents by 50%, Anima claims. The feature includes document summarisation and patient matching, automated clinical coding and task suggestions and the ability to assign and action tasks instantly.

Anima aims to launch version 1.5 later this year. This release will enable unprecedented automation of front and back-office workloads. And even greater interoperability of the data to support digital integrated care in multiple geographies.

Shun Pang, Co-Founder and CEO of Anima, image credit: LinkedIn
Shun Pang, Co-Founder and CEO of Anima

In the future, Anima 2.0, the next major release, will aim to to democratise deep phenotyping and personalised medicine across the entire healthcare domain space. It will augment human clinicians with support from Annie, its copilot.

Shun Pang, Co-Founder and CEO of Anima, commented, “We’re excited to bring Inga of Molten on our journey. From day one, it was clear to us that she shared our vision of care enablement, a thesis Inga and Molten have had for years.

“I’m deeply grateful for the special crew we have at Anima. This is a passion project – we’re building what we wish we had as doctors and patients. No one is here just to do a job. We all serve a greater purpose – and that’s why, ultimately we’ll continue to move mountains.”

Is Deakin joining the board?

Certainly, Inga Deakin, Investor, Molten Ventures, will act as an advisor on behalf of Molten Ventures and it seems likely she will join the board. However, this is not explicitly stated in the release, nor has she updated her LinkedIn profile.

Deakin commented, “Software and artificial intelligence (AI) in Healthcare is a rapidly growing multi-$bn sector, but many solutions take time to integrate and realise their potential.

“A key reason why Anima is growing rapidly, is because they can directly and immediately have an impact: to improve operations and efficiency to benefit patients, healthcare teams and healthcare systems. This team understands the relevant workflows, the needs of patients and healthcare workers and is building a large, scalable engine for change.”

Enterprise Times: What does this mean

This is a significant investment for a firm that has chosen to launch its product mainly in the UK despite being headquartered in the US. It will be interesting to see how quickly it expands its footprint across the UK. And whether it also looks to start pilots in US healthcare as well.

There is a lot of money being invested in Healthcare at the moment. With Accenture and Palantir winning the $480 million federated data platform deal last year. That, however, excluded doctor’s surgeries. So it will be interesting to see whether Anima looks to integrate into that system. Surgeries do not work in isolation, and while they do need to modernise, some more than others, they also need to work with other healthcare bodies in the same region.

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