Weekly Recap 4/12/13

4-7-2013 9-54-03 PM

GE and StartUp Health announced in January that they would partner to create a health IT incubator program that would invite 13 healthcare startups to participate in a three-year program. Those 13 startups have now been unveiled.

4-6-2013 10-23-18 AM

Another health accelerator launches, with Louisville, KY-based XLerateHealth opening for business and offering a 10-week mentoring program. Applications for the August class will be accepted through May 17.


San Francisco-based startup iRhythm has filed a $15.1 million equity sale late last month. This follows an earlier $15 million raised in a Series C round in May 2011 led by New Leaf Venture Partners. iRhythm is a wireless medical device company that has developed an FDA-approved wearable patch that acts as a cardiac rhythm monitor.

4-10-2013 5-06-32 PM

WellTok nets an impressive $18.7 million in Series B financing this week, led by Emergence Capital Partners, InterWest Partners, and New Enterprise Associates. WellTok creates solutions to help health plans boost patient engagement with wellness tools that use the Web, mobile, and social media. The startup has also announced that its executive chairman, Jeff Margolis, has been tapped to take the helm as CEO of the new company, effective immediately. Prior to WellTok, Margolis was CEO of TriZetto.

EveryMove Raises $3.5 Million For Health and Wellness App

Seattle-Based EveryMove announces a $3.5 million Series A funding round for its corporate wellness app platform. The EveryMove platform rewards good behavior by allowing users to accrue redeemable points for good behaviors such as healthy meals eaten and trips to the gym. The points can then be traded in for rewards from select retail partners.

Asthmapolis Raises $5 Million

Madison, WI-based Asthmapolis raises $5 million in a Series A funding round led by investing firm Social+Capital Partnership. Asthmapolis teaches people about their environmental asthma triggers. A sensor attached to an asthma inhaler tracks its usage and a mobile app displays the trends to the user.

4-11-2013 7-57-27 PM

Tennessee-based Parental Health, which offers a care management platform for seniors, will raise $3 million via a Series B fundraising round, with the proceeds going toward the addition of up to 12 full-time employees in sales and marketing.

Healthcare Leading Driver of 3D Printing Industry

A recent market analysis of the booming 3D printing market places healthcare front and center as a leading growth driver. Lux Research estimates that by 2025, the $700 million market will grow to $8.4 billion, with the medical, automotive, and aerospace industries contributing 85 percent of the customer base. Barriers to larger growth still exist. Costs will need to come down to improve 3D printing’s position among alternatives.

AliveCor Announces New CEO

San Francisco-based AliveCor announces Dan Sullivan as its new president and CEO.

The New York eHealth Collaborative is turning to state residents to select its final patient portal design. The designs up for vote were all submitted in an earlier eHealth Collaborative design challenge that asked residents to create a patient portal for New Yorkers, by New Yorkers.

In Tanzania, the text messaging service of Parents Love Me, a national healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood program,reaches 100,000 subscribers in 15 weeks, with 4 million text messages delivered since it was launched in late November 2012.

A recently published article in JAMA Pediatrics correlates substantial behavioral changes to certain mHealth interventions that target adolescent health issues.

Travis covers graduation/demo day of Blueprint Health’s winter class, covering the startups that comprise the class, in addition to analyzing why he likes the Blueprint Health accelerator model more than most.

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