The Must-See Digital Health Startups of 2014

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Ten new digital health companies will demo their products for the first time in the Launch! session during the Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference being held in Santa Clara, CA on September 21-24. Launch! is a contest held at 12:00 p.m PDT on Wednesday, September 24th, where the technology is demoed in three and a half minutes. At the end, the audience votes for their favorites. Previous Launch! winners have included Castlight Health, Basis, and OM*Signal. This year’s finalists:

  • Symptify helps the user navigate a series of questions to narrow down the cause of their symptoms while also helping them find a nearby medical facility.
  • Open Source Health MyAVA, uses Open Source health IT for a collaborative patient – physician educational and informational sharing platform for women. Advocating everything from female health, fertility, to healthy aging.
  • Intake.Me is a communication and patient engagement product that allows patients to check-in for their doctor’s visit from anywhere and attach medical records stored in their own virtual private health cloud.
  • Livongo Health introduces the brand new InTouch, which is a diabetes monitor, advisory and coaching service, community, and communications tool—all rolled into one. The concept is so exciting that it’s got Glen Tullman out of his post Allscripts “retirement” and back into the startup game.
  • DaVinci.io builds apps with a mission – introducing a PHR that consolidates existing health records onto the user’s mobile device.
  • Hale Health’s founder Anna Larsonn left Apple to develop a new communication platform where patients can digitally connect, talk, and message directly with their doctors.
  • Curve Tomorrow is in partnership with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, launching Sonny. It uses the XBOX Kinect to more accurately track the progress of physical rehab treatment.
  • InpharmD helps physicians make more informed decisions by digitizing the literature search experience. Supervised pharmacy students respond to their inquiries and help them practice according to the latest evidence.
  • ChatrHealth’s Cascadia is set of iPad-based modules that adapt the checklist functionality used by airline pilots to improve safety in in clinical situations, starting with anesthesia and surgery, and moving to other medical procedures.
  • ThriveOn uses a series of personality-based steps to help people take the small steps towards more balanced mental health. Interventions like “cooking dinner for friends” or “going for a healthy walk” are accompanied by the support of a live mental health professional.

While Launch! is in its 7th year of showing brand new technologies, Traction is a brand new competition focusing on the business plans of already successful companies, which are on the verge of raising Series A rounds of $2-$15M. The companies are mentored by experts and judged by a hard nosed panel of venture capitalists who will determine which can scale most quickly.

Provider Facing Track

  • Tute Genomics allows researchers to analyze & interpret entire human genomes and discover genes and biomarkers faster than current practices.
  • Frame Health uses big data to predict which patients will be non-compliant using psychology that’s been extensively tested in many non-health settings and then generates precise instructions for providers on how to improve compliance for each individual patient.
  • SharePractice is a community that lets physicians search for and review medical treatments. Doctors can enter any diagnosis to see how their colleagues around the world rank the best treatments.
  • ChatrHealth’s Cascadia is set of iPad-based modules that adapt the checklist functionality used by airline pilots to improve safety in in clinical situations, starting with anesthesia and surgery, and moving to other medical procedures.
  • Connexient’s MediNav provides a digital wayfinding and patient communication system for hospitals.

Consumer Facing Track

  • Zest Health sells a care concierge and benefits selection service to employers. Employees get symptom checking, key benefits information, and the ability to book, receive, and pay for care online. Or as they say, it’s like Teladoc meets Zocdoc, Mint meets Castlight, & Groupon meets Priceline. All in one.
  • Health Recovery Solutions prevents hospital readmissions by giving patients a tablet with instructions, information, detailed easy to understand treatment plans, and easy communication back to the providers.
  • Tiatros Healthcare Relationship Management solution connects a patient, their family members, and their caregivers– and all of their data, medical records, assessments and appointments. It also enables them to communicate in real time with their doctors and entire medical team.
  • Sense.ly is a virtual clinical assistant that interacts directly with chronically ill patients. The interactive, speech-driven avatar can quickly assess a patient’s condition and provide caregivers with relevant insights for meaningful follow-up.
  • The Medisafe Project is a very intuitive medication reminder system (and a lot more) that helps patients and their families take their pills correctly. It’s had nearly a million organic downloads with no marketing. On the back end it’s a powerful data platform helping create better patient engagement and raise medication adherence.

Find more information on the companies, speakers, panels, and sessions on the agenda website. The Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center on September 21-24. Join an audience of over 1,800 professionals, innovators, venture capitalists, and thought-leaders within the industry all in one place. Registration is available on the main website here.

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