CliniCloud Raises $5 Million Seed Round For Digital Stethoscope and Thermometer


San Francisco-based medical device startup CliniCloud raises a $5 million seed round that it will use to ramp up production and establish distribution channels for a contactless thermometer and digital stethoscope that it plans to market direct-to-consumer. Launched in 2014, this early funding is CliniCloud’s first outside investment since its 2014 launch. The funding round was led by Chinese investment firm Tencent, which also led Practo’s $90 million Series C this summer and Scanadu’s $35 million Series B this spring.

Like Scanadu, CliniCloud is bringing connected medical devices directly to consumers. The company launched a contactless thermometer and digital stethoscope in February of this year, marketing the devices primarily to parents. Both devices capture their respective biometric readings and then push them wirelessly to a smartphone app.  The app is a compelling supplement to the platform CliniCloud is offering. It collects symptoms and then walks parents through an at-home checkup, explaining where to position the stethoscope, and ensuring quality sound readings are being captured.The app also uses the sound recordings to calculate additional metrics, such as heart rate and respiration rate. CliniCloud has also partnered with Doctor on Demand to provide remote pediatric consultations. Once an at-home checkup has been completed, physicians with Doctor on Demand can log in, review the results, discuss symptoms with the parent and child, and make a final diagnosis and set of recommendations.

CliniCloud started out as “StethoCloud, the Smart Stethoscope,” an Australian startup launched by Hon Weng Chong, MD and Andrew Lin, MD, two medical school friends that were interested in digital technology. The pair developed the an early version of their digital stethoscope and won second place and a $75,000 prize in the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup Grant. Since that time, they have moved their headquarters to California, launched their business, and now raised enough seed capital to ramp up production to meet their initial demand expectations.

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