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Trella Health

Backed by ATL

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Trella Health is passionate about turning raw data into actionable insights that make a meaningful difference for businesses — and patients. All too often patients fail to get the ongoing critical care they need once they leave their physician’s clinic or are discharged from a medical facility. This can adversely affect recovery and result in higher readmission rates, making post-acute care a key driver of avoidable healthcare costs.

By empowering post-acute care providers and their referral sources to work together across the care continuum, Trella Health is paving the way for healthier, more cost-effective outcomes. 

Q&A With Trella Health

Three things you should know about Trella Health.

Trella Health was founded in 2015 when our CEO, Ian Juliano, saw a need to address the inefficient patient routing he witnessed in the post-acute space. Ian realized physicians and facilities lacked insight into which post-acute providers offered their patients the best outcomes. Conversely, home health agencies and hospices lacked the ability to objectively demonstrate to potential referral sources the value they provided. Our company’s data analytics solution solves this problem by providing transparency into provider and network performance to optimize care networks and care paths, driving healthier patient outcomes at lower costs.

The biggest challenge Trella Health overcame to become a successful company was the ability to access much needed Medicare claims data. Ian discovered that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was planning to make Medicare claims data available to select entrepreneurs and researchers through the Virtual Research Data Center Program (VRDC), and he quickly assembled a team who shared his mission of increasing transparency in healthcare via innovative, data  driven solutions. They began the application process, and after submitting a detailed 50-page document and undergoing rigorous ethics training, Trella earned “Innovator” status, becoming one of the few entities in America with national access to the CMS Chronic Conditions Warehouse, the CMS claims database.

Trella Health was first named 'Excel Health,' but the company rebranded in August 2019 to 'Trella Health' to reflect our continued investment in bringing meaningful change to healthcare. Moving away from the word ‘Excel’ allowed us to differentiate ourselves from excel spreadsheets, and although we do provide data, our solution goes well beyond raw numbers. Our Vice President of Marketing Jessica Chew felt the new name and logo better represented our energy, expansion, and connectivity. The term ‘Trella’ comes from the idea of a trellis: a strong, reliable support system that promotes growth.

How has being located in Atlanta contributed to your company’s success?

Being based in Atlanta has allowed us to network with like-minded entrepreneurs who have a passion and drive to start successful companies. The startup community is inspiring and being in this culture has certainly played into our success. The fact that there are 13 WeWorks throughout Atlanta, as well as numerous technology incubators, makes Atlanta recognizable as the ‘next tech hub’ while it also maintains a reasonable price of living. The talent pool in Atlanta is incredible, which we feel has played an immense role in building our team. Lastly, the large network of investors and being backed by BIP has greatly contributed to our continued company success.

What does being part of the Backed by ATL community mean for Trella Health?

Trella Health is honored to be recognized as an innovative company and to have the opportunity to partner with the Metro Atlanta Chamber. We feel being a part of the Backed by ATL initiative will allow us to accelerate our growth as we move into 2020. We are hopeful our participation in the program will allow us to continue making an impact both nationally and in the Atlanta community.

What is Backed by ATL?

An initiative of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Backed by ATL provides customized assistance to a select group of scaling middle-market companies to accelerate growth and fuel economic impact across the metro Atlanta region. The initiative leverages the region’s key assets to offer personalized support in areas including talent recruitment, sales and marketing, public policy, leadership development and more.

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