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Weekend Healthcare IT and EMR Twitter Roundup

Posted on April 24, 2011 I Written By

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You know on the weekends I love to through in a little round up of some interesting things said about healthcare IT, EMR and other topics on Twitter. Hopefully, they’ll educate, entertain and inform. If not, tomorrow’s another edition of Meaningful Use Monday.

I’ve been talking about this quite a bit lately on this blog (see my post about social media EMR information). However, I love how the described their shift from newsletters to tweets and blog posts since they’re more current. I obviously agree. Although, if you subscribe to the EMR and HIPAA email you can enjoy the convenience of an email newsletter with the current info of a blog.

I saw this announcement a while ago. I’m really excited to see what Rock Health is able to do. They definitely have a number of big names. I wish that I was some way involved with them since I love their approach. Plus, I’m really excited to have my brother, David, participating with me on the Smart Phone Healthcare website I recently launched. Mobile healthcare is a really hot area of the market and I think together we’re going to bring some interesting perspectives to the mobile area of healthcare.

I usually hate PDF’s and a tweet in a blog post that leads to a PDF is probably even worse. Although, it has an interesting format for considering the multiple e-Prescribing incentive programs. Of course, if you’re a regular reader of the site, then you already have started ePrescribing right?

This just made me laugh and so I had to share it. Although, if you Like EMR and HIPAA on Facebook, then it will be so much better than prison. Well, maybe not much better, but it will make me smile.

Rock Health Launches –The First Seed Accelerator to Promote Interactive Health

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A new startup seed-accelerator, Rock Health, wants to give you $20,000, no strings attached, along with mentorship and office space for five months, in order to turn your health-related startup or idea into a reality. Supported by some serious names (see below),  Rock Health aims to catalyze software-based innovation in the health sector. They’re structured as a non-profit, and are opening doors to their first startup class this June.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 4, 2011 – Rock Health, a seed accelerator for interactive health, announces its new incubator program linking developers and entrepreneurs with the most innovative minds in health and technology.

Rock Health’s sponsors include Aberdare Ventures, Accel Partners, the California HealthCare Foundation, Fenwick & West, Microsoft, Mohr Davidow Ventures, NEA, Nike and Qualcomm. Rock Health also has an expansive network of medical advisors, led by the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

The first five-month incubator program will commence in June 2011 in San Francisco, and aims to catalyze health app innovation, turning ideas into products and businesses. “We’re creating an environment where entrepreneurs and developers from other sectors can approach problems in health care in new, product-centric ways,” says Rock Health’s managing director, Halle Tecco.
Selected startups receive a $20,000 grant in addition to free office space, mentorship, and access to Rock Health’s medical experts and partners.

“Health care is the most important challenge facing our nation, yet patient care and healthy living do not yet exhibit the technological creativity found in social media, games and other verticals,” adds Rock Health’s medical director, Nate Gross. “Physicians are excited to work with our developers because they recognize that product design should not be an afterthought.”

Rock Health is building a diverse advisor and mentor community with experts from design, data science, gaming and health care IT. Rock Health’s advisory board includes Frank Moss, head of the New Media Medicine group at the MIT Media Lab, and Michael Abbott, VP of Engineering at Twitter. Startup mentors include Charles Huang, co-founder of GuitarHero, and Linda Avey, co-founder of 23andMe. A full list of advisors and mentors can be found at

Applications to join Rock Health are open until May 13.

About Rock Health
Rock Health is a seed accelerator that challenges developers and entrepreneurs to address issues in health and wellness through consumer web and mobile technologies. Founded in 2011, it provides early stage funding and strategic support as well as mentorship and office space to new companies. The incubator is backed by Aberdare Ventures, Accel Partners, the California HealthCare Foundation, Fenwick & West, Microsoft HealthVault, Mohr Davidow Ventures, NEA, Nike, and Qualcomm and is in
partnership with the Mayo Clinic and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. For more information, or to apply, visit