Digital health accelerator Dreamit recently announced the eight companies it plans for their 2017 spring cycle. These companies range from patient transportation to diagnostic medical apps.
This is an important first step in the lifecycle of a start-up company as Dreamit CEO, Avi Savar, explains in a statement:
“The Dreamit program shortens the sales cycle for startups and creates momentum that leads to more customers, which in turn leads to a much higher rate of raising follow-up on rounds of financing. Selling to health enterprise is about relationships, and Dreamit helps startups build bonds with healthcare executives in a very condensed time.”
A total of eight companies are set to join the latest Dreamit class. The two that caught our eye are:
Kaizen Health: Provides healthcare for communities that lack transportation options for non-emergencies to improve outcomes. Many of us have cared for patients whose health suffers simply because they lack access to care. And that includes simply getting to appointments. Kaizen is going to focus on the logistics of getting patients into care, working with groups like Lyft to make that happen. It’s definitely an area of need that’s not well addressed.
Bluedrop Medical: This early stage startup uses remote technology to scan the feet of patients with diabetes and is then uploaded to a cloud-based platform that uses algorithms to monitor photos and thermal images to discover foot ulcers and alert patients. Given the burden of diabetes, there’s certainly a market. We’ll have to wait and see if this proves more effective than the usual checks at quarterly primary care visits though.
The other members of this class include:
Biorealize: Developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, Biorealize calls its first product a “Microbial Design Studio.” They aim to make a social impact via biotech with scholarships for labs, non-profits, and schools to allow anyone to “design, test, and monetize biology.”
Citus Health: This app streamlines supply management funnels so patients can have their healthcare questions answered quickly, including instructions for troubleshooting and triage for better support and outcomes.
Cylera: With EMRs set as the standard way of filing patients’ medical information, this smart cybersecurity hardware analyzes traffic and behavior to look out for threats of connected medical devices.
Group K Diagnostics: A point-of-care diagnostic system that, although paper-based, can combines three different tests with an app or paper guide in any setting.
Marmo Health: A mobile messaging app, with personalized peer groups and education programs, led by a coach.
Tine Health: Tine’s mobile platform adds a training element to medical devices providing a reduction in errors and, according to them, adding revenue to healthcare providers.