StartUp Health Expands Global StartUp Platform Adding 14 Digital Health Companies to Its Rapidly Growing Academy

New York, NY, and Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) October 14, 2013

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 14 companies represent an experienced group of entrepreneurs focused on building digital health companies that target some of the biggest challenges in healthcare. Companies include 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.

A common theme among the unique Healthcare Transformers invited to StartUp Healths three-year entrepreneurship program and community is that everyone is passionate about fixing a different aspect of our healthcare system in ways that significantly reduce costs or dramatically improve care, said Unity Stoakes, Co-Founder and President of StartUp Health. Theres no limit to what the Healthcare Transformer community will accomplish as we collaborate and innovate with each other and the worlds largest health organizations to grow and scale.

We have received more than 1,200 applications from 22 different countries and have developed a unique process to hand-select and vet each Healthcare Transformer, said Bari Krein, who leads StartUp Healths review committee. We work hard to select passionate digital health innovators who follow a batteries-included motto and care as much about growing a great business as they do about collaborating as a peer group to help each other succeed.

The New StartUp Health Companies and Healthcare Transformers include:

@Point of Care360

[Sub-sector focus: Patient Engagement; Physician Engagement; Point of Care Reference]

Robert Stern is a serial entrepreneur on a mission to provide true clinician and patient collaboration for positive patient outcomes. Robert is the Founder and CEO of @Point of Care360 (@pointofcare360), a continually updated point-of-care reference tool and platform for the clinician, which interfaces with customized real-time patient-care journals. Robert is also the Founder, President, and CEO of Projects In Knowledge and Founder and past President and CEO of MedPage Today, which was acquired by Everyday Health in December 2010.


[Sub-sector focus: Genomics; Wellness; Behavior Change]

Anish Sebastian and Juan Pablo Segura are on a mission to make living a healthy lifestyle more personable and actionable. 1eq (@1eqhealth) leverages both genetics and lifestyle information, provided through wireless devices and mobile apps, to produce a more comprehensive health picture and actionable steps for its users to live a better and healthier life.


[Sub-sector focus: Medicine Adherence]

Michael Morena, John Langhauser, and Josh Stein are developing the future of prescription drug packaging. AdhereTech (@adheretech) has built a patented smart pill bottle to improve medication adherence. The bottle automatically determines the amount of medication in real-time, and wirelessly transmits this HIPAA-compliant data to the cloud via a Verizon network. If a patient hasnt taken his/her medication, AdhereTech reminds the patient via phone call or text message, as well as via on-bottle lights and chimes. The company has secured trials with research institutions and pharma companies.


[Sub-sector focus: Home Health; Mobile Health; Medicine Adherence]

Melissa Manice, PhD, MPH, is on a mission to give kids the tools to change their health. CoheroHealth (@coherohealth) has created AsthmaHero, a mobile solution for kids with chronic asthma, incorporating an inhaler sensor and mobile application to track real-time adherence and mobile spirometry through an engaging, gamified patient interface.


[Sub-sector focus: Genomics; Big Data]

Fabricio F. Costa, PhD, 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 one-stop source of information on genetic diseases and syndromes, connecting both clinical and molecular aspects of genetic diseases in a fully interactive environment.


[Sub-sector focus: Wellness; Nutritional Analysis]

Edamam (@edamamco), founded by serial entrepreneur Victor Penev, is organizing the worlds food knowledge. The company provides cost-effective, on-the-fly 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

[Sub-sector focus: Analytics; Big Data; Genomics]

Gene By Gene, Ltd. (@gxgene) is a leader in genetic DNA testing with ancestry and medical solutions. Founded in 2000 as the worlds 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 is headquartered in Houston, TX, which is also home to its state-of-the-art CLIA registered Genomics Research Center and Lab. Gene by Gene recently acquired StartUp Health company Arpeggi.


[Sub-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 24-hour on-demand medical services, including delivering high quality, compassionate doctors directly to a patients home, office, or hotel.


[Sub-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 WebRTC-based software services that enable healthcare providers to seamlessly communicate in real-time with patients through in-context chat, video, and voice.


[Sub-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. Respondesigns flagship product, FitWorld (@fitworldapp), is a Kinect-based 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 in-clinic and at home usage.


[Sub-sector focus: Mobile Health; Patient Engagement; Wellness]

John Moore is on a mission to ensure that patients’ emotional well-being 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.

Sense Health

[Sub-sector focus: Mobile Health; Patient Engagement; Patient Relationship Management; Home Health]

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