Chicago-based digital health incubator HealthBox has announced its inaugural class of entrepreneurs, the second health care accelerator to announce new sessions with fresh blood in less than a week following Rock Health’s announcement of their second class over the weekend.
One notable characteristic of all the companies listed below is the lack of anything resembling a health/fitness product. HealthBox seems to be clearly focused on distinguishing itself as an accelerator for companies that don’t belong in Silicon Valley for any reason other than access to developers and venture capitalists. It also seems to be providing a focus on managing the interaction between patients and physicians in a clinical setting.
Another thing that jumped out at me upon first glance are terms like “cloud-based”, “clinical”, “network”, “platform”, “physician” and “patient”. While I suspect many, if not all, of these firms plan to incorporate a mobile element into their products and services in some way, there was not one mention of smartphones or apps.
As a native Chicagoan, I am thrilled to see HealthBox take the approach they have. I will definitely be following the HealthBox team and their resident entrepreneurs closely as they fine tune their products and brainstorm potential business models for three bitterly cold months beginning in January.
Without further ado, the HealthBox 10.
PUSH Wellness (Chicago, IL) is an outcomes-based wellness incentive provider that drives behavior change in health factors that are meaningful, measurable and modifiable, producing tangible benefits for participants and employers.
PaJR-Patient Journey Record (Dublin, Ireland) uses a cloud-based system with machine learning capabilities to identify patients at high risk of re-admission using patient and caregiver self-reported health status.
SwipeSense (Evanston, IL) is hand-washing 2.0, arming healthcare providers with a portable hand-sanitation device in combination with real-time data analytics in order to increase compliance and reduce hospital-acquired infections.
CareWire (Minneapolis, MN) is a patient engagement solution that utilizes automated patient text messaging to increase billable appointment yield, visualize patient satisfaction in near-real-time and improve provider performance.
The Coupon Doc (Atlanta, GA) provides an easy-to-use, centralized platform that allows consumers to access manufacturer discounts on their prescription and OTC medications.
Corengi (Seattle, WA) connects qualified patients with ongoing clinical research studies through a comprehensive online platform. Patients are able to quickly distill relevant studies, trial sponsors are able to reduce costly delays and medical innovation is accelerated.
Iconic Data (Norcross, GA) delivers a cloud-based patient list manager solution that provides physicians access to near-real-time snapshots of clinical care episodes across disparate, non-integrated facilities, resulting in increased charge capture and reduced inefficiencies.
UnitedPreference (Princeton, NJ) offers employers a Tailored Spend™ payments network that allows health plans to improve participation in preventative health initiatives via branded prepaid cards that can be used to purchase items determined by the health plans.
DermLink (Atherton, CA) is a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant application that enables remote diagnosis of dermatology cases, dramatically reducing wait times for patients while driving increased revenue and flexibility for providers.
CareHubs (Beaverton, OR) is a healthcare enterprise social platform that offers dynamic, innovative tools to help patients and healthcare providers better connect, coordinate and engage.