MyHealthTeams, which develops social and local networks for communities of people living with or caring for those living with chronic health conditions, has announced a $1.75 million seed round today. It was led by Adams Street Partners, with participation also from 500 Startups and “notable” angel investors in the consumer technology and life science space. It’s to use the cash injection to help scale and expand the team.
In related news, the San Francisco startup is bringing MyAutismTeam, its online community for parents of children on the autism spectrum (see our previous coverage), to iOS with a dedicated app. It’s being pitched as a sort of Facebook-meets-Yelp resource for those parents, offering features such as the sharing of posts, local provider referrals and tips, as well as the ability to ask questions to the community and post pictures.
MyHealthTeams’ mission is to makes it easy for people to quickly find and connect with a network of other people who are in a similar position and can understand the challenges faced via its own condition-specific social networks. In addition, members can also easily find referrals of local providers and businesses best suited to help them — and this, presumably, is part of the business model.
To that end, MyHealthTeams’ flagship site, MyAutismTeam, which launched in private Beta in June last year and is aimed at the needs of parents of children with autism, claims more than 27,000 registered parents from all across the U.S. The company says that it is following the same strategy for other chronic conditions and diseases.