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Health 2.0 Boston

Posted on May 15, 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’m in Boston enjoying meeting with a lot of really smart people at Health 2.0. As usual, the biggest value of the conference is the people you meet and the hallway conversations you have with those people. I’ll certainly be doing posts over the next couple weeks related to those conversations.

The other highlight of Health 2.0 was hearing Jonathan Bush speak. He was in true Jonathan Bush form and he’s great because you can guarantee that he’ll never give the same speech twice. As one person said in the hallway, the connection between him thinking it and him saying it is very short. It’s so short that it has no filter. My biggest complaint with Jonathan Bush’s talk was that they only gave him 20 minutes on stage. Not nearly enough.

For those who couldn’t make it, here’s the main points that Jonathan Bush provided:
1. “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.”
2. “You need your partner’s ‘id’ as well as their signature.”
3. “Culture trumps capability.”

This is all really good advice for healthcare startup companies. One other thought from Jonathan Bush:

Here are some other good takeaways from Health 2.0 Boston that were tweeted out:


Very good advice and appropriate at Health 2.0 Boston since the focus of it is about partnerships.


There’s a compelling story if you look at how much uncompensated care physicians provide.

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.