Weekly Recap 2/22/13

2-21-2013 9-55-20 PM

Rock Health graduates its fourth class of startups. Travis introduced the class in October when they had just arrived. The program culminated this week with a demo day to investors and healthcare decision makers. Rock Health has done phenomenally well in the accelerator space. Some interesting numbers:

  • The average Rock Health startup will raise $900,000 in funding, not including initial investments from Rock Health.
  • Over 1,500 startups have applied to the program, with acceptance rates hovering around three percent.
  • Today, Rock Health start-ups average a $5.2 million valuation.

This weeks class includes: Beam Technologies, Benefitter, CliniCast, Eligible, Kit Check, LabDoor, Mango Health, Moxe Health, OpenPlacement, SuperBetter, Wellframe, Wello, Wildflower Health, Zipongo.

Travis also posted Part I of his new Most Innovative Connected Health Companies series. In this post, he pulled his favorite connected health innovators from Fast Company’s recently published 100 Most Innovative Companies of 2013 list. Making the list: Nike, GE, Teladoc, and more.

2-21-2013 10-42-57 PM

San Antonio-based Airstrip announces a partnership with CardioNet to co-develop an integrated solution for mobile patient monitoring. The new solution will allow clinicians to view live patient data from CardioNet’s Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry system on their mobile devices.

2-21-2013 10-55-22 PM

Nova Scotia-based mobile health company Health Outcomes Worldwide receives a $1.5 million investment from the provincial government. The company will use the money to hire new employees and expand into the US.

Apple Launches “Apps For Healthcare Professionals”

Apple recently revamped the Apple App Store, and with the new look and feel came some additional store sections. One is “Apps for Healthcare Professionals” in the Medical category. The collection is divided into apps for reference, medical education, EMR and patient monitoring, nursing, imaging, patient education, and personal care. Still missing is a indicator of whether an app has earned FDA clearance.

2-19-2013 7-23-31 PM

Moves, a new activity tracking app available on iTunes, will compete head on with traditional activity trackers in the self-tracking market. The app tracks time and energy spent walking and running. The app comes from startup ProtoGeo, which hopes to intercept the majority of smartphone users who report being self-trackers but do not utilize an activity tracker. As a free alternative to expensive wearable activity trackers, it would be foolish to bet against them.

HHS Announces Winner of Challenge Targeting Heart Health

Farzad Mostashari, MD, announces the winner of ONC’s Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge which asked developers to create an app that helps Americans take simple steps to prevent heart disease. The Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation took first place with its submission “Heart Health Mobile.”

2-21-2013 10-34-16 PM

Humetrix introduces cross-platform capability for its iBlueButton app that allows consumers and patients to exchange clinical information at the point of care regardless of which smartphone they use.

2-19-2013 9-18-40 PM

Bayada Home Health Care issues 4,000 Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets to its professionals following a 20-person pilot project. They’re using SwiftKey Healthcare ($3.99), which speeds up documentation with an on-screen keyboard, terminology dictionary, and auto-fill capability. More than two-thirds of Bayada’s nurses who use SwiftKey said they would rather document on the tablet instead of on the laptop or on paper. It doesn’t work on iOS devices, though, since Apple doesn’t permit third-party keyboards.

2-21-2013 10-35-36 PM

Researchers at the University of Texas publish a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research which concludes that users of the free online weight loss program SparkPeople.com lost significantly more weight than a control group. Additionally, users who logged into the site at least four times per month lost an average of 11 pounds more than those who didn’t.

2-21-2013 10-36-08 PM

ONC is accepting applications from those interested in serving on a new workgroup, the HITPC Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act Workgroup, that will provide recommendations for a risk-based HIT and mobile device regulatory framework.

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