Cedars-Sinai, Techstars announce first digital health accelerator class

By Aditi Pai
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Cedars-Sinai and Techstars announced the 11 companies that will join its first digital health accelerator class.

The two organizations first announced their plan to launch a digital health accelerator in Los Angeles last year, in October. The accelerator program aims to work with companies that are developing hardware or software offerings that help patients manage and improve their health or help healthcare professionals improve care delivery.

The three-month accelerator will offer participants $120,000 in funding as well as three months of mentorship and guidance from senior leadership at Cedars-Sinai and the Techstars network.

“All of the companies participating in the accelerator are pushing the envelope to transform the healthcare delivery system,” Cedars-Sinai Chief Information Officer Darren Dworkin said in a statement. “We are proud to be partnered with Techstars and their mission to empower entrepreneurs to bring the best new technologies to market.”

Here are the 11 startups participating in the Cedars-Sinai, Techstars digital health accelerator:

AppliedVR is developing a virtual reality platform that aims to enhance the inpatient experience. 

HomeHero offers an online service that helps families find, hire, and manage home care providers for seniors. Earlier this year, at HIMSS, HomeHero announced that it would make several changes to its business model to work more closely with hospitals and health systems. That includes moving all their caregivers from contractor to W2 status, launching an app, and changing their approach to finding customers.

Stasis Labs has developed a mobile-enabled continuous health monitoring device that allows doctors, members of the care team, and family to identify clinical changes and intervene before a critical event. 

Ella is an online health platform that offers users mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) to help them better manage their symptoms. 

Grace is a technology-driven concierge service for families planning funerals.

Deep 6 Analytics analyzes unstructured data to build artificial intelligence applications for healthcare.

Silversheet is a medical credential management service that aims to empower healthcare facilities and medical staff to work together. 

Inscope Medical is developing a disposable low-cost video laryngoscope that provides a clear view of every airway. 

WELL Health offers a secure patient to provider communication platform that helps physicians and their offices connect with patients between visits.

ZendyHealth is a digital health marketplace where patients can bid and name their own price on standardized health and dental services. 

Yosko is care coordination platform for hospitals that improves team collaboration, transitions of care and efficiency in procedural areas. The Yosko team previously was a part of Healthbox, MassChallenge, and the Sprint-TechStars accelerator.