Health IT Startup Cariloop Creates Community for Elder Caregivers

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says. “They can also store important documents that they need: insurance, legal documents, advanced directives, medication lists.”

Cariloop also provides its users with educational material and access to a “planning coach” that can help users work through the options depending upon their needs.

So who is willing to pay for this service? Walsh says analyzing user data from his company’s first year or so of operation yielded this key fact: Users are typically women, between 40 and 50 years of age, and they were logging onto Cariloop during the day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walsh says the got the idea to approach the employers of this demographic. His pitch was basically, ‘Hey, these are the sort of people who are looking for these services during the workday. Why don’t you help your employees deal with these challenges?’

Cariloop’s message to employers is simple. “When this happens, and it will happen, there’s a high or increased risk of (Family Medical Leave Act) utilization, absenteeism, or turnover,” he says. “For a couple of dollars a month, you could offer this service to your employees.”

The startup charges companies $3 per employee per month and so far has signed up 12 companies with a combined 1,000 or so employees. He says these companies range from oil and gas companies to law and accounting firms. Cariloop has raised $1 million from angel investors and family offices. Walsh says the startup will seek Series A funding this fall.

Cariloop has 75 companies in the sales pipeline but that to truly scale up the business efficiently, Walsh says the startup has begun talking to benefits consulting companies and insurance firms. “These are folks that already have a whole book of business, providing health and dental plans to companies,” he says. “We’re working with them to get them excited about Cariloop and what our product can do for their clients.”

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