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Iris Plans Wins First Place at Prestigious Vator Splash Health Competition

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Healthcare and Venture Capital Leaders Award Top Prize to Advance Care Planning Company Dedicated to Helping Those Who Face Serious Medical Conditions and Reducing Unnecessary Care

AUSTIN, Texas, March 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Iris Plans has been awarded the First Place prize at the 2017 Vator Splash Health competition in San Francisco. The nationally recognized competition invites healthcare innovators to present their cutting-edge technology solutions throughout several rounds of judging.

This year, eight finalists were narrowed from companies around the country to present to a panel of judges at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Judges were comprised of leaders from the healthcare sector and the nation’s top investment firms. Reinforcing the value of Iris Plans’ solution to provide Advance Care Planning (ACP) with scalable technology, judges awarded Iris Plans the top prize for 2017.

“We are thrilled that an organization like Vator has awarded us this prize,” said Iris Plans CEO and co-founder Steve Wardle. “This is a great competition filled with fantastic companies, and it is an honor to receive this award from a panel of judges who represent the highest level of achievement in healthcare and venture capital.”

Iris Plans was formed with the mission of helping people with serious medical conditions live better, stay in control of their healthcare and protect their family or caregivers from unnecessary stress. Through the use of secure videoconference, Iris Plans connects people and their loved ones with an Iris Plans expert, who facilitates ACP discussions when convenient, including nights and weekends. Just as there are professional planners for finances, wedding, and education, Iris Plans helps those with serious medical conditions plan for what is most important – their health. A collateral benefit of these discussions is the reduction of more than $210 billion spent every year in the U.S. on unnecessary, unwanted, or non-beneficial healthcare.

“We are grateful to Vator Splash Health and the competition’s judges for recognizing our efforts. From here, we will continue to grow Iris Plans with the crucial mission of helping those with serious medical conditions have access to Advance Care Planning anywhere, anytime,” said Wardle.


Iris Plans is a tech-enabled service that provides Advance Care Planning (ACP), or “comprehensive advance care planning,” to people with serious medical conditions. ACP’s proven benefits results in people receiving higher quality care, less stress on loved ones, higher satisfaction, and lower costs. Iris Plans is the first organization offering nationwide, complete ACP that is tailored specifically to individuals’ circumstances and preferences.

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