Other7/16/13

Kit Check Raises $10.4M To Digitize Hospital Supply Chain

Written by Halle Tecco

Founder Emeritus

Kit Check in the pit at Rock Health (lower right)

We are proud to announce that Rock Health portfolio company Kit Check has just closed $10.4M Series A (see full press release here). Based in Washington D.C., the co-founders spent five months with us in San Francisco for our fourth accelerator program, where they won the prestigious “First to IPO” superlative award from their peers.

While they came to Rock Health with just one customer, Kit Check is now serving 16 hospitals across the US.  This round of funding will be used to help build their sales and delivery team to meet rapidly growing demand (did we mention they’re hiring?).

When the co-founders Kevin and Tim first settled into our posh digs in Chinatown, they asked whether there were any landlines available in the conference rooms.  “Landlines?” we said. “Yes over there by the phone books and slap bracelets!”   No, there were no fixed phones in the Rock Health space.  But that didn’t stop Kevin and Tim (who met as compsci undergrads) from jerry-rigging their own call center in the middle of “the pit” (the open area housing multiple startups and the Rock Health team).  Kevin and Tim were hustling on the phone every day, drumming up new business and working with existing customers.

So what do they do? Kit Check is dramatically reducing costs and errors in hospitals by digitizing the life science supply chain, starting with hospital pharmacies. They’ve tagged medication kits with RFIDs and provided the hospitals with a scanning station (which was formerly stationed in the Rock Health conference room). Their solution replaces a more costly, error-prone process and better tracks drugs and identifies and recalls expired meds.

We’re thrilled for Kit Check, but the Rock Health office just hasn’t been the same without Kevin and Tim. We were always a short walk from hearing Kevin sing the entire Neil Diamond catalog in a hazy Bow Bow. We dearly miss Tim’s videography and photography, but we know he’s busy playing the piano in D.C. now, along with building an amazing team at Kit Check. We recommend checking out some of the Capitol’s lounges for this amazing duo—maybe you’ll catch a rendition of Sweet Caroline.

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