Digital Health accelerator Rock Health graduates its first class of Boston startups presenting at their third “Demo Day” In Mountain View, CA to showcase their businesses
Starting back in June, Silicon Valley based digital health startup seed accelerator Rock Health kicked off its third summer program on the east coast with 7 promising startups in Boston partnering with Harvard Medical Center. Rock Health’s partnership with Harvard Medical Center allowed startups gather in-depth insight into the healthcare industry by leveraging Harvard’s community of clinicians and industry experts who work across the health care system to build their businesses over the summer.
This week, the new seven startup graduates of the Boston program participated in Rock Health’s third “Demo Day” in Mountain View, CA showcasing their businesses to a packed house of investors and entrepreneurs. So far, Rock Health has launched 35 startups to date each receiving $20k in funding. Applications for the next class of startups is already underway with the deadline of September 16th at 11:59 PST. The fourth upcoming class will now receive $100k each in funding thanks to a recent partnership with Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkin joining their existing partners Mohr Davidow Ventures, Aberdare Ventures, and the Mayo Clinic.
Here is a summary of the seven Boston Rock Health graduates:
Home Team Therapy uses online video and the Microsoft Kinect sensor to help patients exercise at home and to recover from surgery. When patients return home after a checkup or after serious surgery, they struggle to keep up with the rehabilitation process without medical guidance, etc. It’s hard to stay motivated when you don’t have a therapist with you. It’s a video game for rehabilitation. Customized work-out to fit your needs, walk through the exercises, through the browser, view demos, do it from the comfort of your own home, tracking and competitive goals.
Neumitra develops data-driven technologies to address the effects of stress on health, productivity, and happiness. More specifically, the company is developing both wearable and mobile tech that uses biosensors to monitor your autonomic nervous system and the contextual and personal cues that set off stress. The company collects that data, offering analytics and a dashboard that highlight key metrics — both for individuals and large organizations.
NeuroTrack Technologies is a suite of behavioral assessment tools (software-based cognitive / visual test) that can help identify the symptoms and diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment up to four years before their onset. Nerotrack works with pharma companies and researchers to recruit candidates for clinical trials and to help measure drug efficacy, thereby speeding up the process of drug development.
NoviMedicine allows a dermatologist to diagnose and treat acne remotely and efficiently through a virtual office visit platform. The platform allows dermatologists to diagnose and treat skin conditions over the Web, allowing users to complete their virtual visit in under 15 minutes, designed to be a quick and private experience. NoviMedicine intends to be open 24-hours/day and will cost $59 per session.
Not clear whether the platform is HIPAA-secure and whether or not it plans to work with insurers, but the company is still in the early stages. Launch is planned for the next few months. Those interested can sign up now and reserve your spot for $20 off your first acne visit.
Podimetrics is a home health device that aims to free the world from diabetic wounds, a condition leading to 100K unnecessary leg amputations each year in the U.S. alone. In the time it takes one to brush their teeth — 20 seconds — you can be examined in a way that’s more effective than your traditional monthly ulcer scans, which are typically done through foot scans.
Reify Health empowers medical experts with tools to easily create, implement, assess, and deploy mobile health interventions. The company is on a mission to make evidence-based mobile health therapies by building a community of health experts to help create the best library of those mobile therapies. It’s kind of like a Quirky for mobile health.
RXApps uses SMS and web applications to help patients track their illnesses, allowing care providers to make better treatment decisions. Physicians and care providers can track patient responses to treatment, communicate with their patients and adjust treatments accordingly, which helps streamline the process for care providers. For patients, it cuts down on complications, office visits and unnecessary days off.
Below is a video interview from TechCrunch with Rock Health’s CEO Halle Tecco and COO Sarah Pollet talking about Rock Health and their recent partnership with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.