StartUp Health, a global startup platform accelerating health and wellness innovation, today announced from the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit the addition of 14 digital health companies to its exclusive long-term coaching program and community.
The selected class of 14 “healthcare transformers” represents an experienced group of entrepreneurs focused on building sustainable digital health companies across a broad spectrum of innovation from home healthcare, genomics, aging, sensors, patient and physician engagement, mobile health and wellness, nutrition analysis, concierge medicine, care coordination and price transparency. StartUp Health received more than 1,200 applications from 22 different countries for this class.
A Three-Year Structured Program
StartUp Health believes a three year structured program is the best approach to transforming healthcare to support and promote entrepreneurs with ongoing inspiration, education, and access to customers, capital, and other critical resources so that innovation and growth can occur more quickly.
The three year location- and stage-agnostic program focuses on customer development, capitalization and fundraising, scaling team and talent, and streamlining operations to best position startups for growth.
One of the key differentiators is StartUp Health’s long-term focus on connecting health and wellness startups with customers, pilot programs, strategic capital partners, and the critical resources designed to help Healthcare Transformers achieve 10x equity value for their businesses.
As of October 2013, 46 StartUp Health companies have raised a total of $106 million in funding.
The new class of StartUp Health Companies and Healthcare Transformers include:
Point of Care 360
Sector Focus: Patient Engagement; Physician Engagement; Point of Care Reference
The @Point of Care360™ platform provides a streamlined practice-based tool to allow for the delivery of content at the clinician’s fingertips at the time it is acutely needed, enabling better decisions, better outcomes, and better care.
Sector Focus: Genomics; Wellness; Behavior Change
1EQ leverages both genetics and lifestyle information, provided through wireless devices and mobile apps, to produce a more comprehensive health picture an actionable steps for its users to live a better and healthier life.
Sector Focus: Medication Adherence
A patented smart pill bottle to improve medication adherence. The bottle automatically determines the amount of medication in realtime, and wirelessly transmits this HIPAAcompliant data to the cloud via Verizon network. If a patient hasn’t taken his/her medication, AdhereTech reminds the patient via phone call or text message, as well as via onbottle lights and chimes.
The company has secured trials with research institutions and pharma companies.
Melissa Manice, Ph.D., MPH is on a mission to give kids the tools to change their health. CoheroHealth has created AsthmaHero, a mobile solution for kids with chronic asthma, incorporating an inhaler sensor and mobile application to track realtime adherence and mobile spirometry through an engaging, gamified patient interface.
Sector focus: Genomics; Big Data
Fabricio F. Costa, Ph.D., and Marcelo P. Coutinho, MD, MsC, are on a mission to facilitate information exchange about genetic and rare diseases to translate the latest advances into effective clinical interventions. DataGenno (@datagenno) is an online medical information company created to be the onestop source of information on genetic diseases and syndromes, connecting both clinical and molecular aspects of genetic diseases in a fully interactive environment.
Sector focus: Wellness; Nutritional Analysis
Edamam, founded by serial entrepreneur Victor Penev, is organizing the world’s food knowledge. The company provides costeffective, onthefly nutritional analysis and diet labeling to businesses and consumers through its proprietary semantic food and nutrition knowledge database and natural language processing algorithms. Edamam aims to become the default digital nutrition engine of the web.
Gene By Gene
Sector focus: Analytics; Big Data; Genomics
Gene By Gene, Ltd. is a leader in genetic DNA testing with ancestry and medical solutions. Founded in 2000 as the world’s first company to develop consumer DNA testing for ancestry and genealogy applications, Gene by Gene provides a comprehensive approach to diagnostics tests, including AABB certified relations tests, genome sequencing, data management and computational analysis. Gene by Gene recently acquired StartUp Health company Arpeggi.
Sector focus: Concierge Medicine; Home Health
Sam Zebarjadi, Sahba Ferdowsi, MD, and Nafis Zebarjadi are on a mission to make it easy for anyone to receive access to a doctor with the click of a button. The Medicast (@medicast) web and mobile platform provides consumers with 24hour ondemand medical services, including delivering high quality, compassionate doctors directly to a patient’s home, office or hotel.
Sector focus: Home Health; Patient Relationship Management, Concierge Medicine, Telehealth
Mark Hadfield, a serial entrepreneur, is on a mission to revolutionize the home care market and simplify how doctors and patients connect online. Ondello (@ondellortc) delivers WebRTCbased software services that enable healthcare providers to seamlessly communicate in realtime with patients through incontext chat, video and voice.
Sector focus: Patient Relationship Management; Home Health; Wellness
John Grispon, Ted Spooner, and Jason Leighton are on a mission to increase patient engagement in physical therapy for more effective PT treatment and reduced readmissions. Respondesign’s flagship product, FitWorld (@fitworldapp), is a Kinectbased rehabilitation therapy platform that targets all segments of rehab from falls prevention and disease management to orthopedic and pulmonary rehab. The platform also enables therapists to deliver an engaging, personalized program that includes patient monitoring and clinician reporting for inclinic and at home usage.
Sector focus: Mobile Health; Patient Engagement; Wellness
John Moore is on a mission to ensure that patients’ emotional wellbeing is seen as equally relevant to their clinical health as any biometric measure. RxApps (@rxapps) supplements standard management of chronic illness using customizable text message prompts to track patient health, experience, and behavior metrics that influence outcomes.
Sector focus: Mobile Health; Patient Engagement; Patient Relationship Management; Home Health
Stan Berkow, Brad Hammonds and Paul Biancaniello are on a mission to engage people with their health and improve patient support. Sense Health (@sensehealth) unlocks the potential of mobile health support for patients by giving healthcare professionals a mobile platform to easily create, deliver, and monitor interactive support plans for their patients in between appointments.
Sector focus: Handsfree Medical Care; Sensors and Tracking
Jesús PérezLlano (@jesusperezllano), Enrique Muñoz, Daniel Calvo, Gerardo Caballero and the rest of the TedCas team are on a mission to unleash the potential of touchless devices such as Kinect or LEAP inside the health sector. TedCas (@tedcas), powered by Wayra and Sodena, allows doctors to control and manipulate software through gestures and voice commands, without touching, saving time and reducing potential infections.
Sector focus: Wellness; Mobile Health; Employer Health; Patient Relationship Management
Marty Jaramillo (@martyjaramillo) and his team are on a mission to unite the highly fragmented health/wellness industry. Yingo Yango (@yingoyango) is a whitelabel, stand alone, mobile patient engagement platform that integrates ecosystems of care. The platform is designed to maximize long-term employee/patient engagement, reduce readmissions, as well as brand clients as health minded, patient centric, and caring organizations. The low cost “connecting the dots” solution is designed for corporations, carriers, and providers.