HHS, OrganizedWisdom launch StartUp Health

By Brian Dolan

Federal CTO Aneesh ChopraStartUp Health, a new initiative focused on improving access to education, capital and resources for health and wellness entrepreneurs, was announced last week at the Health Data Intitative Forum, according to a report over at HealthCareITNews. HHS CTO Aneesh Chopra unveiled the initiative, which will be led by Steve Krein as CEO, and Jerry Levin,  former Time Warner Chairman/CEO and current Director of OrganizedWisdom.

StartUp Health is the second such effort to launch in 2011. Earlier this year a group of venture capitalists and recent Harvard Business School grads formed Rock Health, an incubator for mobile and online health startups.

“StartUp Health has a long-term vision of what needs to happen to help foster a vibrant health and wellness system in this country by energizing entrepreneurs,” said Levin. “By building a detailed roadmap for health and wellness entrepreneurs, we aim to provide access to everything and everyone they need to significantly increase their chances of creating a sustainable business."

StartUp Health will be part of the Startup America Partnership, a private sector initative working with the White House to support high-growth entrepreneurship in America. Their first act will be producing a series of three StartUp Health Roundtables, working with the Startup America Partnership and HHS, which will bring together health and wellness entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges the industry faces in the future. The first roundtable will take place July 13th in New York City. It will be broadcast live on the web, where viewers can tweet and email questions for the participants. The second will be called 'DC to VC', and the third will take place in California in September.

“Driving American entrepreneurship is critical to creating jobs and sustaining our nation's global leadership,” said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. “The health and wellness sector is full of entrepreneurs creating innovative new companies, and we are thrilled to host the StartUp Health Roundtable to encourage and support the growth of scalable companies in this industry.”

“There has never been a better time to be innovating in health and wellness,” Krein said.

Read the original report at HealthCareITNews.