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SXSW Accelerator Event for Health IT Startup Companies

Posted on October 24, 2012 I Written By

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Each of the past two years I’ve had a growing desire to go to SXSW. This desire has been fueled by the growing healthcare IT section of SXSW. In 2013, SXSW will have a whole campus dedicated to healthcare IT. That’s a great thing for healthcare and should make for an amazing event.

Also, of major interest to me has been the healthcare portion of the SXSW Accelerator. This is the fifth edition of the SXSW Accelerator which showcases some of the web’s most exciting innovations. The healthcare IT companies that were part of SXSW Accelerator last year are: Medify, Jiff, BodiMojo, CellScope, Simplee, Beyond Lucid Technologies, VitalClip, and

For those health IT startup companies that are interested, the application deadline is Friday, November 9, and the event itself will be March 11-12, 2013 in Austin, TX. You can apply and find more information on the SXSW Accelerator page.

Past judges of the event have included Tim Draper of DFJ, Chris Hughes of Facebook and Jumo, Paul Graham of Y Combinator, Craig Newmark of Craiglist, Robert Scoble of Rackspace and Scobleizer, Jeff Pulver of 140 Conference, Chris Shipley of Demo and Guidewire, and Tom Conrad of Pandora to name a few. I’ve been honored to be part of the SXSW Accelerator board and looking at the names of who they’re planning to be involved in 2013 is impressive. Plus, I’m doing my part to make sure that healthcare IT is well represented and that the SXSW accelerator is as good a launching pad for health IT startup companies as possible.

Those companies that participate can improve their product launch, attract venture capitalists, polish their elevator pitch, receive media exposure, build brand awareness, network, socialize and experience all that SXSW Interactive has to offer.

Let me know if you’re a health IT company that applies and we’ll have to be sure to catch up at the event.

Microscopic Pictures Through Cell Phones Now Possible Through CellScope

Posted on June 27, 2011 I Written By

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Yet another amazing technology has been developed because of the desire to improve healthcare in Africa.  This amazing microscope allows a cell phone to take pictures of microscopic images that can then be shared anywhere that has access to the internet.

The idea of medical photo sharing is nothing new as there are multiple apps that provide this service.  What makes this app truly impressive is that it allows doctors to take pictures at the microscopic level that can then be shared across thousands of miles.

In the past it would have been necessary to send the sample across those thousands of miles to get an accurate assessment.  In many cases this is not only difficult but in some cases impossible.  The samples simply cannot last that long.  With the added time and distance it is also incredibly likely for samples to be compromised, or lost all together.

This new development would allow a doctor who stumbles across an outbreak in a small village to get a rapid response as to what may be going on and be able to treat it, or maybe even prevent a greater outbreak.  This could save numerous lives in every country of the world.

It is currently only available on the iPhone but could easily be converted to other platforms in the future.

RockHealth Selects 10 Start-Ups for Intensive Program Bringing a Surge of Talent to Healthcare Apps

Posted on June 3, 2011 I Written By

Back in April I wrote about an exciting opportunity with RockHealth who was looking for innovative start-ups to help mentor into leaders of the evolution of mobile apps in the healthcare industry.  That article can be found here.  RockHealth has now selected their 10 start-ups who will begin an intensive five month program.  The full press release can be found below.  I will try and find out more about each of these start-ups in the next few weeks.

SAN FRANCISCO – Ten start-ups have been chosen as part of a development and mentoring program that aims at developing next-generation mobile applications for the healthcare industry.

Rock Health, a seed accelerator for Web and mobile health applications, chose the 10 start-ups as part of its inaugural accelerator program. The chosen start-ups reflect trends that are shaping the next generation of health-related applications in terms of both vertical and origin.

Ideas for transformative tools addressing personal health and patient care were crafted by developers of varying backgrounds, many of whom experienced personal health-related challenges or first-hand professional needs that served as inspiration for their projects.

The selected start-ups are:

  • BrainBot (technology to improve mental performance)
  • CellScope (at-home diagnosis of diseases)
  • Genomera (personal health collaboration)
  • Health In Reach (medical procedure marketplace)
  • Omada Health (clinical treatment social networking)
  • Pipette (patient monitoring and education)
  • Skimble (mobile fitness)
  • WeSprout (connecting health data and community)
  • Three additional startups in stealth mode

Over 350 submitted entries were evaluated by Rock Health’s partners—leading organizations in the technology and health ecosystems, including prestigious Silicon Valley VCs and top-tier hospitals.

The start-ups now enter an intense, five-month program providing funding in the form of a $20,000 grant, infrastructure, strategic medical, branding, communications and legal support, and mentoring from experts  (including the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School and Cincinnati Children’s) in design, health policy, lean start-up methodology and finance. 

In addition, Rock Health selected a small group of member start-ups to receive resources and operational support.

Rock Health’s investors include Aberdare Ventures, Accel Partners, the California HealthCare Foundation, Microsoft’s BizSpark and Health Solutions Group, Mohr Davidow Ventures, NEA, Nike, and Qualcomm.

“The quality of applications submitted was outstanding, and the sheer number of ideas we reviewed is testimony to an industry that is only on the cusp of gaining traction,” said Halle Tecco, founder and managing director of Rock Health. “The dominating themes addressed needs in both consumer and professional spheres, showing that the entire health ecosystem has the potential to evolve. We look forward to accompanying these start-ups through to the next phase and, although we were unable to select all qualified applicants, encourage each developer to continue to explore creativity in this sector.”

“Until now, the healthcare and technology spheres have been totally separate. The brilliance of Rock Health is that, for the first time, a surge of talent is flowing into health apps – the same brainy, bold, blue-sky entrepreneurs who brought about Web 2.0,” said Patrick Chung, partner at NEA. “These entrepreneurs see an ailing sector that can be restored more cheaply, easily and inventively than ever before. This inaugural class brings together physicians, Web designers and more than a few yogis to work on cool, diverse concepts. Rock Health is an excitant in a field of infirmity.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Rock Health and engaging in the powerful ecosystem that is being developed,” added Michael Matley, leader in business development and new ventures for the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. “By coupling the passion and innovation of these entrepreneurs, the scaling and business expertise of great investors, and the clinical expertise of the Mayo Clinic, we hope to create solutions to healthcare’s most compelling problems.”