Iron Yard launches fifth class of nine digital health startups

By Aditi Pai
10:29 am
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Prenovate health coachIron Yard Ventures, a digital health accelerator based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has announced its next class of nine startups.

Startups in the accelerator 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.

“These nine startups and their founders are a diverse group with standout backgrounds that are solving real problems that have potential to improve our healthcare system and make significant impact in customer’s lives as well as their bottom line," Iron Yard Ventures Managing Director Marty Bauer said in a statement. "Now in our fifth cohort of companies, the quality of founders we see applying continues to increase... That is a big testament to some of the great startups that have launched out of our accelerator program in previous cohorts and now have gone on to become successful companies."

One previous Iron Yard participant, Greenville, South Carolina-based ChartSpan, has raised $3 million since graduating from the program, including funding from the accelerator. The company closed its most recent round a few months ago.

Here are the nine startups in Iron Yard Ventures' newest class:

ProAlert -- This company has developed a security monitoring system for a user's home or business. Iron Yard explains that the company also offers a product that helps first responders save time by integrating dispatch data with GPS. 

Prenovate -- Prenovate has created an online nutrition program for people with chronic diseases. Users send Prenovate pictures of their food and drinks via text message with a short description. The service analyzes the user's diet to help them set healthy eating goals and users can then receive feedback via text from a health coach. The service offers programs for people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, history of heart attack, and people that are overweight. Prenovate's service costs $15 per week, $40 per month, or $100 every three months.

Play-It Health -- Providers, payors, and employers can use Play-It Health's app to help patients administer their medications at the proper time and in the proper dosage. The company has completed an 18-person pilot with Duke and is recruiting patients for a number of other pilots. One of the company's pilots, with Truman Medical, will focus on glaucoma, the company's pilot with Stanford will focus on an engagement system in the pediatric transplantation department, and Play-It Health will launch a pediatric department content pilot with Mattel Children's this year.

Headsup Health -- Headsup Health has developed an offering that helps consumers bring all of their health records and fitness data into one place. The company explains that most people have medical records scattered across different doctor’s offices and medical facilities, but the company can help users pull all this data into one platform. Headsup Health also integrates data from fitness devices, including Fitbit, Jawbone, Withings, RunKeeper, and Strava.

Intuneto -- Intuneto has developed a social network for people who are interested in health and fitness. The offering allows users to share their healthy habits with others on the platform so that they can engage, inspire, and challenge their followers.

Triage Security -- This security startup has developed a product that offers protection for java applications. With Triage Security, users can detect and prevent cyber security attacks.

Hygeia Health -- Hygeia Health has developed an outpatient healthcare kiosk that aims to help clinicians save time entering data into EHRs. The kiosk will collect data on a patient's blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, oxygen saturation, and weight. It also will ask for and verify demographic information. Data from the kiosk is sent to a clinician-facing companion app and this data can also be pushed to an EHR.

Data Minded Solutions -- This startup has developed a decision management platform for diabetes care.

GlassChart -- The company explains that its product is "currently under development", but it will be a voice-activated personal assistant, like Siri, for doctors.

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