NYC-based Blueprint Health (@bphealth), a digital health-focused member of the TechStars Network, has announced the members of its inaugural class, which will officially move in and commence the “Winter Session” on January 9th at the incubator’s 12,000 sq/ft loft in SoHo.

One interesting and distinctive element of the Blueprint model is its two so-called “floating founders”, Tom Black (Madison, WI) and Jana Rajeevikaran (Toronto) who will be lead mentors of sorts–or entrepreneurs in residence.

These floaters will presumably spend the entire session deeply embedding themselves in each company, putting in the critical face time with the founders to make sure they are all progressing toward the fundraising and product development goals established at the programs outset. Ultimately, the goal is to graduate from Blueprint on a path to becoming a viable business.

Blueprint is focused on entrepreneurs and companies developing technology products for hospitals, physicians, health plans, patients and pharmacies and is explicitly not interested in consumer facing applications looking for scale and publicity. Companies receive $20,000 in exchange for a 6 percent equity stake and the program lasts for three months. During their residency, startups will have virtually unlimited opportunities to tap into an impressive roster of mentors as well as venture capital partners.

At nine startups in total, the Blueprint class is smaller compared to those recently announced by HealthBox (Chicago) and Rock Health (San Francisco), which had 10 and 13 companies respectively. However, in true NYC style, the class has the largest ratio of international representation with two teams hailing from the Middle and Far East (Dubai & Shanghai).

Led by Matthew Cottrell, 5 O’Clock Records (Draper, UT) helps doctors reduce phone calls by direct requests for medical records from health insurance companies, lawyers, and others to a website where the requester can submit request information, verification, and pay for the request with a credit card.  Matthew is a serial healthcare entrepreneur who previously founded, grew the business to $22 million revenue and sold it to a private equity firm.

Led by Craig Monsen and David Do, AHEAD Research (Baltimore, MD) helps care management companies reduce call times by implementing triage best practices and large-scale data analysis of medical information.  Craig and David are both Johns Hopkins medical school students and Ruby programmers.  Craig designed and built a computer-based system for the diagnosis of heart disease using an electronic stethoscope, while David built a handheld device for blind people to detect people in their environments using a thermal camera.

Led by Russ Graney and Michael Galbo, AidIn (Boston, MA) makes discharge planning easy by creating an online system to manage discharge planning coordination and billing with nursing agencies.  Russ previously founded and led a high-performing charter school in Brooklyn and Michael previously started a company that converted waste into hydrogen and was a semi-finalist in MassChallenge.

Led by Brian Dear and Jessica Dear, iCouch (Shanghai, China) provides a platform for counselors to conduct video counseling sessions and manage the billing process.  Brian is a self-taught iOS and Rails programmer and creator of ClassCloud, a cloud-based classroom management system.  Jessica has been a private practice counselor for over five years.

Led by Ashwin Patel and Brijesh Patel, InquisitHealth (Secaucus, NJ) connects recent and experienced patients to new patients based on medical procedure, surgery or treatment.  Ashwin has a PhD from the Wharton and is an MD candidate from Weill-Cornell Medical College.  Brijesh is experienced in web development, information architecture and product management.

Led by Tim Soo and Ben Shyong, Meddik (Philadelphia, PA) is a search engine for health that ranks results based on a user’s symptom set, clinical attributes, and demographics.  Tim is a Penn medical student and programmer who built Invisible Instrument, a Wiimote & iPhone gestural-based instrument that won an MTV Award.  Ben is a Web-developer and programmer, having built a real-time transit tool for the Philadelphia transit system and started a bubble-tea restaurant.

Led by Jeff Novich, Patient Communicator (NYC) is a practice management solution that will help providers reduce phone calls related to refill requests, payment, and appointment scheduling.  Jeff is a serial entrepreneur, having previously founded an education start-up and a cab sharing iOS app, and has computer science and physics degrees from Johns Hopkins and an MS from Columbia.

Led by Hani Elias and Will Danford, Procured Health (Dubai, UAE) will reduce hospital costs by improving medtech product evaluation and purchasing.  Hani is a founding member of McKinsey’s Center for US Health System Reform, a Soros Fellow and holds a BA, JD and MPH from Harvard University.  Will has led development of Facebook and ESPN mobile applications for the new Windows OS.

Led by Rashaun Sourles and Michael Winikoff, Needl (Minneapolis, MN) is a Q&A web platform that connects healthcare professionals to industry vendors.  Previously, Rashaun spent 7 years in pharma sales at J&J and earned the “President’s Circle” designation, putting him in the top 10% of J&J reps worldwide based on sales.  Michael previously started a technology consultancy focused on graphic design.

Source: TechCrunch