Who Is The Challenge Cup’s Hottest Health Startup?

May 7, 2014

12:00 pm

This Friday is the kickoff of the Challenge Festival in DC, the culmination of a huge global startup competition organized by startup hub 1776.

Startups from 16 cities around the world will be competing in the categories of education, energy, health, and smart cities. Two winners from each category – one from the US and one from abroad – will take home $100,000 each and compete for the crown in the Global Finals on May 17.

Tech Cocktail is one of the Challenge Cup’s partners, and we want to know: which health startup do you think should move on to the finals? Voting will be open until the health semifinals on May 14, and we’ll announce the winners on May 16. 

In the meantime, vote below, get your ticket to the health semifinals, or buy a badge for the whole festival! 

Who is The Challenge Cup’s hottest health startup?

(The poll is now closed – thanks for voting!) 

Dorsata (Washington, DC) – Dorsata aims to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of delivering care by providing a centralized platform for clinical pathway development and ultimately EHR implementation. Dorsata is developing a system through which clinicians can collaboratively develop, discover, and implement their pathways into their day-to-day workflow of order entry.

Caremerge (Chicago, IL) – Caremerge is a health care coordination and transition platform. Their mobile and web apps allow senior living communities to simplify their care coordination efforts with various onsite and offsite stakeholders (facility staff, physicians, hospitals, and families), all of which provide care for residents.

Medesk (Moscow, Russia) – Medesk captures and securely stores patient medical data from any source or provider, allowing integrated healthcare delivery. The company is striving to make medical services become as affordable and available as bus tickets.

OPTretina (Berlin, Germany) – OPTretina helps people to know if they are going to have eye problems. Some opticians have special equipment to take a photo of the retina. OPTretina installs a software that can send a photo, along with key information about the patient, to OPTretina’s team of ophthalmologists who can offer a medical opinion.

Touch Surgery (London, UK) – Touch Surgery provides surgical simulations for mobile devices. The company uses scientific methodology to teach surgical procedures in a step-by-step fashion, which improves surgical decision-making and critical thinking.

Neural Analytics (Los Angeles, CA) – Bleeding or swelling of the brain due to head trauma can increase the pressure inside a patient’s skull (ICP), which is dangerous and may be fatal if left untreated. Recognizing this unmet need, researchers in the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery have developed a non-invasive alternative to assess elevated ICP, and Neural Analytics is building RapidICP, a hand-held head trauma screening tool that encapsulates this technology.

Focus Fertility (New York, NY) – Focus Fertility is a suite of services that equips women and their partners with information they need to efficiently navigate the process of fertility treatments, saving them time, money and stress.

BeTH (Boston, MA) – BeTH develops high-impact, low-cost healthcare solutions for underserved populations.

Spot On Sciences (Austin, TX) – Spot on Sciences is an easy-to-use device for self-sampling and robust storage and shipment of blood samples. This product allows users to take a blood sample at any time, anywhere.

Asius Technologies (Denver, CO) – Asius Technologies offers a revolutionary, inflatable in-ear audio technology, the Ambrose Diaphonic Ear Lens. When used in hearing aids, headsets and ear buds, the Adel gives the user a richer sound quality, a custom fit, and a safe listening experience.

Medicinia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – Medicinia is an alternative healthcare delivery model, based on online, high-frequency interactions to complement the traditional office-based, low-frequency model, increasing doctor productivity and patient satisfaction. It does this through a question and answer platform to connect patients with doctors and general practitioners with specialists.

Anasodiabitiz (Cape Town, South Africa) – Anasodiabitiz connects people, support groups, health care providers and companies that work together locally to make diabetes less of a scourge.

MediSafe (Tel Aviv, Israel) – MediSafe is a cloud-based, medication-management platform designed to understand the personal causes of non-adherence. The platform uses this information in real-time to create better patient engagement and raise medication adherence.

Coyote Bioscience (Beijing, China) – Coyote Bioscience makes innovative personal devices in Life Science and Molecular Diagnostics. The company minimizes all of the redundant features and makes the key functions more powerful and user-friendly. Coyote’s devices are easy to handle and set, which can save on labor costs significantly.

Zest.md (New Delhi, India) – Zest.md provides an e-clinic platform for health coaches. The company allows health coaches to see more clients in less time by automating marketing and communication, allowing them to grow their clinics and bring down the cost overall for the patient.

ReferralMD (San Francisco, CA) – referralMD is a web application that offers a comprehensive, business-management solution designed to track and monetize health care referrals.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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