May 15, 2013
Physical therapy is approaching a crisis, according to Dr. Kourosh Parsapour, founder and CEO of 5plus, a startup working on building digital health physical therapy tools. The specialty is experiencing provider shortages at the same time as the need for physical therapy and rehabilitation services increases -- as the baby boomer generation ages.
"By 2030, the number of states with substandard...
April 18, 2013
Left to right: Michael Weintraub, Giovanni Colello, Josh Stein, Nina Nashif, and Juan Enriquez.
The TEDMED organizers tried something new this year: they dedicated Thursday morning to some unscripted meetings of the minds about innovation in healthcare. The first discussion (which TEDMED maintained was not a panel) centered on the topic "From Start to Scale to Exit, the Trajectory of Innovation...
April 17, 2013
As healthcare accelerators and incubators continue to grow and spread, they're also evolving as the unique needs of healthcare startups become apparent. For many incubators, that means a stronger focus on providing ongoing working relationships with established industry partners like payers, providers, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
Healthbox's Nina Nashif stressed the...
April 15, 2013
Healthbox CEO Nina Nashif
After bringing their incubator to Europe last year, Healthbox has announced that its next class will be based in Jacksonville, Florida, sponsored by Florida Blue. Like Healthbox's previous locations in Chicago and Boston, companies will receive $50,000 in seed capital and participate in a 16-week program. Healthbox will receive 7 percent equity in the companies.
April 1, 2013
Digital health accelerator Healthbox announced its second Boston class this week. The accelerator's Boston program is one of three along with its original site in Chicago and London, which had its demo day in January. Just like last time, Healthbox's partner for the Boston class is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Healthbox announced that with this class they're extending their 14-week...
March 13, 2013
Medication adherence is a huge problem, and it's one that seems solvable. People fail to take the pills prescribed to them for many reasons, but one of the biggest is forgetfulness, especially among elderly patients who take a lot of medications and can easily become confused.
Pillboxes have always been the go-to technology to improve adherence, whether it's a simple Monday-through-Friday...
January 22, 2013
Healthbox CEO Nina Nashif speaks at the Innovation Day in London.
Just a year after launching its first class in Chicago, Healthbox held a demo day in London to showcase its first European class. The seven startups, representing four countries, which were announced in October 2012, have now completed Healthbox's three-month accelerator course. They were chosen out of an initial pool of about 200...
August 16, 2012
Chicago-based Healthbox kicks off its accelerator program in Cambridge, MA this week with 10 teams from the Boston area and support from Blue Cross Blue Shield MA, Express Scripts, HLM Venture Partners and Long River Ventures. The three month accelerator program will conclude in November with an "Innovation Day" where the teams will share their pitches.
San Francisco-based Rock Health launched...
May 17, 2012
One of the more entertaining panels at this week's Health 2.0 Spring Fling event here in Boston was the panel on digital health incubators. While the lineup did not include a rep from Rock Health as originally advertised, the panel did include founders from a handful of other increasingly high-profile organizations. Only two of them self-identify as "incubators", however. One is more like an...
January 24, 2012
Sometimes, a smartphone app is more than you need. Sometimes, it is not enough. Perhaps, the "just right" approach is simple technology like a text message.
That is the underlying principle behind CareWire, which automates appointment reminders and other administrative information so health systems can cut down on no-shows and unprepared patients in hopes of producing more productive encounters,...