Development

Health care venture in Leawood plans to generate 200 jobs

Updated: 2013-02-06T04:43:06Z

By KEVIN COLLISON

The Kansas City Star

A new health care information technology venture intended to help consumers make informed choices and save money is being launched in Leawood and expects to create 200 jobs over the next five years.

The company is called eLuminate Health, and founder Tami Hutchison said Tuesday that it already has attracted $1 million from private investors and the support of the Kansas Department of Commerce.

The company has six employees now and plans to launch operations this summer. Brian Killen is chief technology officer.

The system being offered by eLuminate Health was described by state commerce officials as a tool to bring together consumers and health care providers based on pricing and quality information. It will support standardized procedure pricing to enable payment and an automated pre-authorization process.

“Health care costs are increasingly being shifted to consumers,” said Hutchison, a former executive at Cerner Corp, a health care software company. “By the end of 2015, 50 percent of privately insured people will have a high-deductible plan. Our solution will help them select providers based on transparency of price and quality.”

The new firm plans to lease 1,800 square feet in a building at 11111 Nall Ave. that can be expanded as the company grows. Hutchison, the president and CEO of eLuminate Health, said the firm expects to invest about $4 million in equipment and improvements.

She said the new company has received strong interest from potential clients and expects to begin operation in July. Its business plan calls for 201 jobs to be created in five years.

Kansas development officials are offering incentives pegged to the number and quality of jobs created. Hutchison said state officials have been very supportive of her fledgling business.

“It’s terrific for our economy when an innovative new company chooses Kansas as the place it wants to operate,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said in a statement.

The company will be seeking employees with sales and business development or engineering backgrounds.

More information about the company is on its website at eluminatehealth.com.

Leawood officials praised the company’s decision to open its corporate headquarters there.

“As we all know, the cost of health care has been escalating at very rapid rates for many, many years,” Kevin Jeffries, president and chief executive of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. “eLuminate Health’s services … offer the potential to provide considerable savings in the delivery of health care services to employees.”

To reach Kevin Collison, call 816-234-4289 or send email to kcollison@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at kckansascity.

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