Iron Yard launches second class of 9 digital health startups

By Jonah Comstock
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PillFill, from Apothesource PillFill, from Apothesource

The Iron Yard, a digital health accelerator based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has announced its second class of nine companies, according to a report from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

The accelerator launched last year with an eye toward promoting startups in the southeastern US that are working on big medical problems. Startups receive $20,000 in seed funding and a number of perks in exchange for 6 percent equity in their company. Perks include legal and financial advice, office space, and living space on-site for companies who relocate from out of town.

"The Southeast in general is a different market,” Peter Barth, managing director at the Iron Yard told MobiHealthNews at the time. “We’re not Silicon Valley, we’re not trying to be Silicon Valley.” He explained that the accelerator is looking for startups who are solving a particular problem in the healthcare space and who want to build a long-lasting company, not startups that are just looking to be acquired.

Here are the nine startups that will be joining the accelerator: 

aHoyDoc -- aHoyDoc sets up and operates online chatboxes on healthcare providers' websites. Patients can schedule appointments through the chats, ask questions about the practice, and even get help finding health information. aHoyDoc medical professionals can listen to patient's symptoms and advise them on whether they need to see a doctor.

Apothesource -- Apothesource is working on consumer-facing medication management technology. The startup's flagship app, Pill-Fill, helps patients gather all their medication information from their doctor, pharmacist, and insurer and then gives them tools to manage those medications, both by pointing out interactions between prescription and over the counter drugs, and by providing medication reminders.

Bee Resilient -- This stealthy company is specializing in behavior change. The company creates and distributes behavior change platforms aimed at youth.

Excep Apps -- This company will be working on mobile apps for special needs children, starting with an app for children on the autism spectrum. The app is focused on improving social skills, academic performance, and appropriate behavior.

Hats Off Technology -- An early stage company, Hats Off's first product is NavAssist, an app that lets cancer patients manage their health records, treatment information, and messages from their doctors all in a consolidated location.

iClinical -- iClinical is a startup focused on the clinical trial space. The company is developing a mobile platform for data collection and clinical trial analytics.

Intention Technology -- Florida-based Intention Technology is working on algorithms to aid in the detection of disease. The company is behind BioScanR, one of the 20 teams still remaining in the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize competition. You can see a video featuring the team's founder here.

Rally Fit -- This startup is moving into the activity tracking space, creating a social media application to bring together people who track workouts with various devices like those from Fitbit or Jawbone.

Recovr -- The final company, Recovr, is developing virtual therapy games, starting with a game for the Microsoft Xbox designed for people recovering from stroke. The games will be usable either in physical therapy offices or in the patients' homes.

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