Digital health entrepreneurs awarded startup investment

Digital health entrepreneurs awarded startup investment

From toothbrushes that do more than brush teeth to mobile platforms that help users transition from the hospital to the home or the home to the assisted living setting, 14 entrepreneurs with innovative digital health ideas have been named to Rock Health's most recent graduating class.

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The digital health startup incubator unveiled its latest success stories at its fourth annual Demo Day on Feb. 20 at the UCSF campus in San Francisco. Each company has been given strategic and operational support, mentorship, access to office space and a network of partners and an elective $100,000 investment. 

"The companies presenting at Demo Day exemplify the ongoing transformation of our healthcare system through the use of technology," Rock Health officials said in an accompanying media release. "Rock Health's fourth class of 14 digital health startups are working across the industry--with hospitals (and) payers, and directly with consumers to make meaningful change in an industry that is ripe for innovation. Healthcare is one of the last sectors in our economy to undergo a technology-based transformation and Demo Day is a showcase of this shift."

The graduating startups are:

•   Beam Technologies, which has developed a "smart toothbrush" that monitors oral hygiene and habits and transmits that data to a smartphone app.

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•   Benefitter, which offers tools to help employers manage healthcare issues with their employees.

•   CliniCast, whose ARTO solutions help providers identify high-risk patients and develop appropriate care management programs.

•   Eligible, which has developed a platform to streamline insurance eligibility information for physicians and their patients.

•   Kit Check, which inventories code trays, OR kits, emergency boxes and other kits within seconds to streamline the clinical process and reduce medical errors.

•   LabDoor, which offers instant information on dietary and pharmaceutical products, targeting questions of effectiveness, safety and cost.

•   Mango Health, which has developed a personal health app focusing on medication reminders and interactions.

•   Moxe Health, whose and Navigation System products help users, providers and payers coordinate access to healthcare.