Weekly Recap 6/7/13

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San Francisco-based health IT accelerator Rock Health unveiled its fifth class of startups this week. Competition was as fierce as it has ever been as the acceptance rate dropped to an all-time low of three percent. Rock Health is one of the few accelerators offering $100,000 in seed funding. Here are the newest members of the Rock Health family:

  • Amplify Health.  Amplify Health is working on a population health platform that looks beyond analytics and attempts to strengthen the patient-physician relationship.
  • Anapsis. The company has no website, but Rock Health reports it is creating a “research platform and marketplace for scientific and statistical computing.”
  • Augmedix. This is Rock Health’s first Google Glass startup. So far, Augmedix has only promised to develop a Glass app for doctors, but the lack of details has not slowed the company as it raised $50,000 earlier this year on an upstart.com campaign.
  • CancerIQ. The Web-based big data engine translates unstructured clinical data into research-quality structured data for secondary use.
  • CRIXlabs. The company has created a predictive modeling tool that helps guide big pharma to make safer and more effective drugs.
  • Fluid. The company has no Web presence but is working on an at-home flu test.
  • LiftLabs. The company’s spoon stabilizer corrects for the hand tremor associated with Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor.
  • Sensentia. The platform being developed will streamline health administration tasks, particularly communication between providers and health insurers.
  • Smart Patients. The cancer and caregiver online community allows sharing of treatment plans, clinical trials, and personal experiences.
  • Spire. Spire’s wearable tracker monitors breathing, rather than activity, and displays the information on a mobile app.
  • ThriveOn. This is a  mental health-focused startup. Rock Health did not provide much information on its goals, but says it will offer customized care programs to individuals.


Montreal-based OMsignal announces the closing of a $1 million seed funding round led by Real Ventures, Golden Venture Partners, and TechStars CEO David Cohen. Looking to introduce the next big thing in activity tracking, OMsignal is developing biosensor enabled clothing that will continuously monitor ECG data, breathing, physical activity, and calories burned.

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Santa Fe, NM-based Seamless Medical Systems announces the completion of a $2 million early stage funding round led by an anonymous group of individual contributors. The flagship product behind Seamless Medical Systems is SNAP, a cloud-based patient check-in application accessed over a tablet and integrated with practice EHR vendor systems.

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Alpharetta, GA-based EMR vendor SimplifyMD raises $1.3 million in venture capital. SimplifyMD is building a practice EMR system optimized for physicians and stylistically inspired by traditional paper chart workflows. The company had already raised $4.5 million in a 2011 round led by Durham, NC-based Intersouth Partners, an early-stage VC firm.

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Palo Alto, Calif-based HealthTap, a free mobile health service that connects anonymous patients that have medical questions with board-certified physicians willing to provide answers, announces that it will launch an app prescribing platform that allows users to get medical app recommendations from doctors.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill are developing a device that uses human lung cells to more accurately measure air quality and safety. Current tools are limited to measuring toxicity levels in the environment, but there is no simple relationship between toxic air pollutants and health risks, which is what UNC’s new device has been designed to help with.

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Google is investing millions on a project aimed at expanding wireless networks across sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, an area largely considered the epicenter of emerging mHealth trends and initiatives. Google will deploy thousands of high-altitude blimps that are capable of transmitting signal to areas spanning hundreds of square miles.

In a separate article Travis discusses Google Now, Google’s personal assistant tool, and the growing availability of health data within the platform. Google Now already delivers a basic activity tracker, and third party apps are starting to push appointment reminders as well. Travis goes on to imagine a host of possible use cases for Google Now in mobile health.

Healthcare crowdfunding site Health Tech Hatch runs a Blue Button CoDesign Challenge to accept idea submissions that complete the sentence, “Build me a Blue Button-enabled tool that …” and then letting the community vote (through June 11) for the developers that will be chosen to build Blue Button prototypes for judging in August. Above is National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari describing the contest from Health Datapalooza on Monday.

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Kaiser Permanente announces that it has developed an API for app developers called Interchange. Travis has all the details in an article that expresses excitement for the goals of the new platform but questions why such a promising platform is connected to such limited data, and offers some very common sense recommendations on how PHI and patient authorization could both be brought into the fold in a patient/consumer friendly manner.

If you’ve got any news tips or interesting stories feel free to send them my way. I love hearing from readers about what’s exciting to others in the mHealth space. Sign up for update alerts and we’ll send HIStalk Connect stories straight to your inbox. As always, thanks for reading.  – Lt. Dan

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