As health access remains a hot button issue in Washington, digital health and medical devices are steaming ahead with innovative solutions for delivery. According to Mobihealth News, digital health startups raised over $578.55 million in Q3 of 2017 alone, with companies like AbleTo, Talkspace, Push Doctor, and PatientSafe leading in venture capital dollars raised.
Trends in digital health include behavioral health technologies, online therapeutics, telemedicine and virtual visits, workflow optimization for healthcare professionals, wearables, and patient engagement apps.
A number of venture funds and accelerators are now focused exclusively on health technology. Dreamit Health, for one, has a unique model focused on scaling startups with their extensive network of healthcare customer partners.
Startups entering the program receive the standard accelerator offerings of mentorship, training, and general support, but they also get to work directly with healthcare leaders like Penn Medicine, Intermountain Healthcare, Dupont Healthcare, Northwell Health, Independence Blue Cross, and many other organizations.
Early applications are now open for their next cycle in 2018. Meet the 7 health tech startups in the latest cohort:
The Ejenta team developed the technology NASA uses to remotely monitor the health of astronauts on the International Space Station and is now applying it to monitor chronic conditions. Intelligent agents use data from sensors and IoT devices to learn about their users, detect abnormalities, and connect care teams with patients.
Epharmix improves chronic disease management efficiency and outcomes with evidence-based remote monitoring via automated text messages and phone calls. The technology is clinically proven to drive lasting engagement and improve outcomes, with eight peer-reviewed journal publications and dozens of national conference presentations.
Karuna uses Virtual Embodiment Training™ to help patients to overcome pain and motor impairment through the use of Pain Education, Graded Motor Imagery, and Movement Science that retrains the brain. Using predictive coding and data collected from motion tracking technology, the Karuna training program guides patients through a customized therapy protocol.
Macro-eyes utilizes predictive analytics and artificial intelligence to optimize patient scheduling thereby improving staff and office utilization. Integrated with existing scheduling systems, the initial product determines the optimal appoint time for each patient, dramatically reducing cancellations and no-shows. macro-eyes technology is live at leading academic medical centers in NYC and Palo Alto.
Mahmee is a prenatal and postpartum care management platform for delivering personalized, ongoing support and education to new moms. Connecting and integrating care across a highly fragmented maternal care system comprised of hospitals, insurers, health systems, and private practices, the Mahmee platform reduces hospital readmissions and increases breastfeeding rates.
PAST Rx applies sophisticated pattern recognition algorithms to help prescribers identify patients at risk for substance abuse, enabling more careful and limited prescribing of controlled substances, addressing one of the major causes of the opioid addiction epidemic. Accessing government and private databases, real-time SaaS analysis integrates into front-line provider workflows and facilitates prescriber compliance with legal documentation requirements, thereby reducing legal liability.
Physicians perform earwax (cerumen) removal procedures over 231,000 times per week in the United States. SafKan has developed the first automated wearable ear cleaning device, delivering pulsed irrigation and suction. Initial clinical studies demonstrate the procedure as safe and effective, removing cerumen in about a minute.
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