Blueprint Health seventh class tackles diabetes, insurance, genomics

By Jonah Comstock
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TapGenesBlueprint Health took to Twitter last week to announce its newest, seventh class of healthcare startups in New York City. Blueprint is a member of TechStars’ Global Accelerator Network, and startups in the Blueprint Health accelerator receive $20,000, office space in SoHo, and $50,000 in perks including server space and legal counsel. Blueprint takes a 6 percent equity stake in exchange.

Serial digital health entrepreneur Jean-Luc Neptune recently joined the team at Blueprint Health as Executive Director of the accelerator program. He shared some data about the program in a recent blog post.

"Blueprint has ... grown significantly since that fateful launch day three years ago," he wrote. "We’ve graduated six Accelerator classes to date, with a seventh class getting ready to go in the next few weeks. In total, we’ve helped accelerate the growth of 53 companies addressing a broad range of health problems including medication adherence, specialist referrals, hospital purchasing, and care transitions, among others. Of those 53 companies, 85 percent are still in operation and, of those, 90 percent are generating revenue, a sign that our efforts have create sustainable value."

Update: Neptune emailed to say that 85 percent, not 90 percent of the companies are generating revenue, contrary to what he wrote in his blog post initially. We also omitted Moving Analytics from the original version of this article.

Read on for the seven new startups in Blueprint's class.

GlucoIQ -- GlucoIQ founder and Thiel fellow Adithya Ganesh describes his company's project as "providing data analysis software for diabetologists to generate new and recurring revenue streams" on his LinkedIn page. He adds "Our solution allows clinicians to visualize trends in glucose and insulin data and bill for remote data interpretation."

As it exists currently on the company's website, the platform includes a telemedicine app specifically for people with diabetes. The software will allow people with diabetes to video call a nurse between scheduled endocrinologist visits. Nurses in the system will be certified diabetes educators, and will be able to help with "carbohydrate counting, insulin pumps, (continuous) glucose monitors, dosage advice, lifestyle, and more."

GroupHub -- GroupHub is working on software to simplify open enrollment in health insurance. They work with insurance brokers to help them insure compliance with ACA, HITECH, & HIPAA and state regulations, and to provide a streamlined connection between customers and payers.

Healthy Bytes -- Healthy Bytes opts to combine app-based nutrition tracking with one-on-one coaching from a dietitian. They work with dietitians, who are issued a unique code they can give patients. Then patients track their food on the app, taking pictures and recording what they're eating and why, and all that information is sent to the dietitian. Dietitians can respond with realtime coaching and feedback within the app.

Limestone Labs -- Limestone Labs is tackling the problem of keeping doctors' mobile devices clean and sterile in the hospital. They use UV-C technology to disinfect the devices and can get that done in just 30 seconds. Testing has shown the process kills 99.99 percent of bacteria, the company says, and medical pilots of the technology began in January.

Signifikance -- Signifikance is a data analytics platform that aims to put the latest research in cancer genomics to work in the clinic as quickly as possible. The software will analyze the literature and create a report that highlights the most relevant clinical insights.

TapGenes -- TapGenes is a software tool that allows consumers to easily visualize their family medical history in order to notice trends and potentially make predictions and lifestyle changes. It also includes a secure personal health record for the individual user.

Moving Analytics -- MovingAnalytics is tackling home-based cardiac rehabilitation via a smartphone app. The app, called Movn, "takes patients through a personalized care plan and the patient management system helps nurses track compliance and administer care," the company writes on its website. The technology is based on research carried out at the University of South Carolina.