Seven startups join Philly's new digital health accelerator

By Aditi Pai
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BiomemePhiladelphia research park University City Science Center announced that seven startups will join its first digital health-focused program, simply called Digital Health Accelerator (DHA).

The program runs for 10 weeks and when it's finished, startups receive up to $50,000. Science Center adds that startups in the program will also network with insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and research institutions. Startups also receive coworking office space during the program.

DHA shares their building with another accelerator, DreamIt Health. DHA has also accepted two startups that were a part of DreamIt's 2013 accelerator, Biomeme and Fitly.

Here are the seven DHA startups:

Biomeme is focused on creating a molecular diagnostic device that is low-cost and mobile to help clinicians and epidemiologists track infectious diseases in near real time with smartphones.

Fitly promotes healthier eating for busy families. Users who want to cook healthier meals can pick recipes from a list on the company's website and then schedule a delivery time to receive the ingredients they need to cook their meals. Prices for the service start at $5.99 per serving f0r 20 or more meals and go as high as $7.99 per serving for 8 meals

(Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Fitly had pivoted and is now a passive activity tracking app. There is another app called Fitly, but it is not affiliated with this startup.)

Life Patch is a near real time temperature monitoring system for children. The patch monitors the child's core body temperature and transfers the data from a nearby unit that can then send that data to a user's smartphone. The smartphone also sends alerts when a child's temperature is beginning to rise.

Curbside Care allows users to request house calls from doctors on their smartphones. After users schedule an appointment from the app, they either pay $149 for a nurse practitioner or $249 for a doctor. Through Curbside, doctors can treat everything from general issues, muscle injuries, and head conditions to stomach problems and women's health needs.

UE LifeSciences has developed a breast exam device that tests for breast cancer, called NoTouch BreastScan. The technology uses cold air and heat sensors to check a woman's body for its vascular response, metabolic activity, and thermal symmetry between breasts. This is different from a mammography, which tests for physical indications, for example tumors, to determine whether a woman has breast cancer.

Keosys is a medical imaging company based in France. It offers four services: medical imaging for clinical trials, molecular imaging, radiology, and a social network so that users of the technology can share information about medical images.

Pulse InfoFrame offers a mobile platform to physicians for managing administrative and medical data for patients. The software also provides physicians and their care teams with a way to communicate through text, emails, and group chats.