Free EMR Newsletter Want to receive the latest news on EMR, Meaningful Use, ARRA and Healthcare IT sent straight to your email? Join thousands of healthcare pros who subscribe to EMR and EHR for FREE!

Healthcare Social Media, Call for Halt on MU Payments, and Healthbox London – Around Healthcare Scene

Posted on October 14, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

EMR, EHR and HIPAA

Mobile EHR as a Solution for EHR Downtime

There has been some EHR downtime recently from major EHR vendors, which has given an opportunity for mobile EHRs to get more of a spotlight. Mitochin recently released a Mobile EHR, and John had the opportunity to review it. It has some different features than other mobile EHRs that are available, and appears to be a great alternative for accessing EHRs when downtime happens.

Healthcare Social Media Happenings

There’s lots of ways to “be in the know” with healthcare and social media. This post directs interested readers to different ways to get involved recently, including attending weekly #HITsm chats, following the happenings at the New York Digital Health Conference, and more.

Hospital EMR and EHR

Congressmen Want Halt on Meaningful Use Payments

Four congressmen are rallying against current Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations, and half payments for MU. HIMSS has released a statement against this, and there is a lot of debate about what to do. Some of their complaints are warranted and should be taken seriously, it isn’t completely clear cut what the solution should be.

EMR and EHR Thoughts

Healthbox Expands to European Startups

Healthbox has been helping startups in the United States by providing them with seed capital and access to resources. The company is now expanding to Europe, specifically London. Startups have been able to submit applications since July and a decision on which startups that were selected was expected in September.

Smart Phone Health Care

My First (Actual) Experience With A Patient Portal

Medical practices all over the country are implementing patient portals. The pediatrician’s office that Katie takes her son to just created one, and in this post, she talks about her first look at it. What parts of your patient portal do you like?

Healthbox Expands to European Startups

Posted on October 12, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Healthbox is known for helping new business startups by providing them with seed capital. The company has recently announced it would be expanding its services to London. In July, Healthbox began the search for health tech startups that will bring change to health care in Europe.

They hosted the first of many events across Europe to bring in potential startups, and the final selection was set to take place in September. The startups that were selected are set to receive £75,000 of seed capital, access to Healthbox’s mentors, wider industry network,  and access to Healthbox’s London offices.

Commenting on the launch of Healthbox’s accelerator in London, Nina Nashif, Founder of Healthbox, described why London was chosen to be the hub in Europe, and her feelings about the program:

London was the obvious place to come be part of the UK’s world-renowned academic institutions, science and tech traditions as well as being a gateway to the rest of Europe. It is the natural seedbed for new, passionate entreprenerus looking to grow their ideas. We are looking forward with some amazing people. Healthcare has traditionally been a challenging sector for innovation because by its very nature it has been risk averse. Healthbox has developed a new ecosystem and culture for stimulating change by bringing together early-stage companies with strategic organisations, individuals and investors who mutually benefit from working together on new ideas that transform health. We believe in the power of having a global network for exchange of ideas and learning.

There are several firms that are supporting the program, which include Bupa and Secro and Zone Digital, and there will be mentors from companies such as Care UK, Novo Nordisk, Dell, Deloitte, and DocCom.

VC Firms Eyeing Mobile Health App Investments

Posted on June 22, 2012 I Written By

Anne Zieger is veteran healthcare consultant and analyst with 20 years of industry experience. Zieger formerly served as editor-in-chief of FierceHealthcare.com and her commentaries have appeared in dozens of international business publications, including Forbes, Business Week and Information Week. She has also contributed content to hundreds of healthcare and health IT organizations, including several Fortune 500 companies. Contact her at @ziegerhealth on Twitter or visit her site at Zieger Healthcare.

Well, well, well. After years of industry growth and excitement that seems to have been lost on investors, the mobile health app industry has finally begun to attract their notice.

On one level, this is merely the logical,  predictable advance of money into an exploding space. The VCs are already all over the health IT space. According to the National Venture Capital Association, HIT investments shot up 78 percent between 2010 and 2011, reports iHealthBeat.

But there’s also a lot of investors looking for the next paradigm-rattling possibility, including both apps and enterprise tech. Just check out the rapidly growing number of VC-backed health incubators, including  Rock Health, StartUp Health, Blueprint Health and healthbox. (To learn more about the incubators, I strongly encourage you to check out the excellent overview of their business models and focus pulled together by The Health Care Blog.)

And the market is producing plenty of opportunities for them to consider. In fact, the market for mobile health apps could grow at 25 percent annually for the next five years, according to Kalorama Information. I’d argue that 2013 will see more like 50 percent growth, but either way, we’re talking big money.

These days, money from both incubators and VC funds is increasingly going to mobile apps, as the iHealthBeat wrap-up notes:

* AirStrip Technologies, which offers an app allowing doctors to view electrocardiograms on the iPhone, got fu nding from the $100 million Qualcomm Life Fund

* Sharecare, which offers doctors online tools helping them connect with potential patients, received $14 million in a funding round led by Galen Partners.

* Kinnser Software, which offers mobile apps and online tools to help home healthcare providers access and record medical data, got an eye-popping $40 million investment from Insight Venture Partners.

Also check out more healthcare IT investments on EMR Thoughts.

While these numbers are big wins for the startup companies involved, they still represent a small percentage of the overall money chasing good healthcare investments. But I predict that this won’t be the case for long.

With the number of highly practical apps useful in remote monitoring, patient care and even decision support increasing — and the bandwidth available on mobile devices climbing rapidly — I’m betting we’ll hear about dozens of pivotal investments in mobile apps this year.

Am I going to take a guess as to which apps are next? Not yet. But stay tuned and I’ll share overviews of the more interesting apps I hear about along the way.  And please feel free to share the news of great, practical, usable apps you’re seeing out there.

Healthcare Incubation Growing – NYC Launches Healthcare Accellerator and Healthbox Expanding

Posted on May 7, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I must admit that it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with all of the Healthcare IT Accelerators, Healthcare IT Incubators, Healthcare IT that are going up all over the place. The interest in investment and incubation of healthcare IT companies is huge right now. It’s an exciting time for those of us in the Healthcare IT space and an even more exciting time to be a healthcare entrepreneur.

Two recent announcements that caught my eye were the following.

NYeC Launches the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA) – You can read the full release, but it’s a $4.2 Million program to accelerate the creation of digital health technology companies in New York City. It’s an interesting collaboration of the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF) joined the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the NYS Department of Health (DOH).

I think the thing that sets apart the NYDHA (that’s a long name even abbreviated) is the $300,000 each company gets along with the 18 healthcare providers that have agreed to participate in the program. We’ll see how well NYDHA can execute on this relationship since I believe it’s key. A healthcare IT accelerator program could provide nothing more valuable than actual customers for these healthcare IT products.

I also just saw that on May 10th the New York Digital Health Accelerator program is putting on an information and networking event. It says they’ll be streaming the event live. Looks like a great group of speakers and shows the depth of their connections.

Healthbox Launches Boston Healthcare Startup Accelerator – Healthbox launched its first program in Chicago. I think it’s a smart move for them to go to Boston (or Cambridge if you prefer) since it is a hotbed for healthcare IT. They’re offering $50,000 in seed capital for the 3 month program that will go from August to November.

Healthbox Announces New Class of Health Startups

Posted on December 29, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Healthbox recently announced its latest class of healthcare startup companies. The three month program starts on January 9th provides $50,000 in seed capital a long with a shared workspace and access to mentors and other startup resources.

The most interesting thing I note in this list is that the companies come from all over the US and even one from Europe. I guess this makes sense since Chicago isn’t necessarily the healthcare capital of the world, but I think it’s great that companies across America are willing to move to Chicago for the 3 months. I’ll have to reach out to some of these companies (or I’d love to hear from them) about what motivated them to leave their home base for Chicago and whether they plan to stay in Chicago after the 3 months.

Without further ado, here’s the list of 10 healthcare startup companies in the latest Healthbox class:

PUSH Wellness (Chicago) is an outcomes-based wellness incentive provider that drives behavior change in health factors that are meaningful, measurable and modifiable, producing tangible benefits for participants and employers.

PaJR-Patient Journey Record (Dublin, Ireland) uses a cloud-based system with machine learning capabilities to identify patients at high risk of readmission using patient and caregiver self-reported health status.

SwipeSense (Evanston, Ill.) is hand-washing 2.0, arming healthcare providers with a portable hand-sanitation device in combination with real-time data analytics in order to increase compliance and reduce hospital-acquired infections.

CareWire (Minneapolis) is a patient engagement solution that utilizes automated patient text messaging to increase billable appointment yield, visualize patient satisfaction in near-real-time and improve provider performance.

The Coupon Doc (Atlanta) provides an easy-to-use, centralized platform that allows consumers to access manufacturer discounts on their prescription and OTC medications.

Corengi (Seattle) connects qualified patients with ongoing clinical research studies through a comprehensive online platform. Patients are able to quickly distill relevant studies, trial sponsors are able to reduce costly delays and medical innovation is accelerated.

Iconic Data (Norcross, Ga.) delivers a cloud-based patient list manager solution that provides physicians access to near-real-time snapshots of clinical care episodes across disparate, non-integrated facilities, resulting in increased charge capture and reduced inefficiencies.

UnitedPreference (Princeton, N.J.) offers employers a Tailored Spend™ payments network that allows health plans to improve participation in preventative health initiatives via branded prepaid cards that can be used to purchase items determined by the health plans.

DermLink (Atherton, Calif.) is a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant application that enables remote diagnosis of dermatology cases, dramatically reducing wait times for patients while driving increased revenue and flexibility for providers.

CareHubs (Beaverton, Ore.) is a healthcare enterprise social platform that offers dynamic, innovative tools to help patients and healthcare providers better connect, coordinate and engage.

I’d love to hear from any of these Healthbox companies to hear more about what you’re doing. Just leave a comment on this post.

Healthbox Healthcare Startup Incubator Application Deadline

Posted on October 13, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Yesterday, I got an email talking about the final deadline for getting your application in to be part of the Healthbox program. It’s a 3 month healthcare focused incubator program in Chicago for healthcare startup companies. I’ll be interested to hear how this and other healthcare incubator type programs work out. I wonder if any EMR companies will come out of them. Probably not in this first round since they said they have disease management solutions, informatics, and consumer health.

Good afternoon,

Applications to Healthbox’s startup accelerator program are closing soon!  We are thrilled to have received applications from many promising entrepreneurs from around the country.  The ideas cover a range of healthcare topics, including disease management solutions, informatics, and consumer health, to name a few.

Final application deadline: Sunday, Oct 16th, 11:59 PM PT

If you know a healthcare startup that would benefit from our program, please encourage them to apply at www.healthboxaccelerator.com/apply.

Selected participants will gain access to our national group of mentors and strategic partners, and will spend a significant portion of the three-month program in Chicago, engaging with other entrepreneurs in our collaborative workspace.  Participants will also receive $50,000 in seed capital, and the program will culminate in an organized Investor Day, where teams will present to a broad group of healthcare investors.

We look forward to reviewing the applications and selecting ten promising teams to join us in January.  Thanks for your ongoing support!

Best,

the Healthbox team