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StartUp Health Blog Has Moved!

The StartUp Health Blog has moved! To catch up with our latest posts and stay up-to-date with us, please visit our new blog location here!

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Free eHealth Webcast on Medicine’s Next Frontier

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Last month, StartUp Health participated in an eHealth panel at the Biotech Showcase in San Francisco, along with Jack Young from Qualcomm, Ben Chodor from Happtique, and Eric Elenko from PureTech Ventures. Check out the free webcast now!

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Join StartUp Health at Social Media Week!

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Learn to Navigate the NY Health Tech Landscape

Join StartUp Health’s Steven Krein on Tuesday, February 19 from 6:00 to 8:30pm EDT for a NY Social Media Week panel: Navigating the Funding and Resources of Health Tech Innovation in New York. Meet and learn from StartUp Health, New York Digital Health Accelerator, Health 2.0, Partnership for New York City Fund, Blueprint Health, and NY eHealth as they discuss the wide variety of financial, mentorship, and infrastructure support resources available in NY to enable promising eHealth startup companies. Learn more & register here!

Healthy Living: How Behavior & Patients Can Fix Healthcare 

Attend a special NY Social Media Week session on Thursday, February 21 from noon to 1:30pm EDT, moderated by GigaOm’s Ki Mae Heussner and featuring Dr. Jay Parkinson of Sherpaa, Derek Flanzraich of Greatist, and Unity Stoakes of StartUp Health. Discussion topic: How Behavior and Patients Can Fix Healthcare. New technologies allowing for quantified-self and the wider reach of social media have presented new options for health, but how are these best applied and do they really work for the wide array of patients that exist? Sharing more personal data with the institutions, experts, and with other people via social technology is enlightening or even fun, but will it allow for innovations shaping the medicine of tomorrow? At the root of these discussions, it seems clear that the patient will be the one to ultimately lead change and improvements to the cost, access, and quality of healthcare. Learn more & register here!

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StartUp Health Newsletter

In This Update:
  • Noteworthy Headlines
  • Learn to Navigate the NY Health Tech Landscape
  • How Behavior and Patients Can Fix Healthcare
  • Free eHealth Webcast About Medicine’s Next Frontier
  • Healthcare Transformer Spotlight
  • NY eHealth Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge
  • Health Tech Jobs
  • Upcoming Health Events & Challenges
  • Join the StartUp Health Network 

Health Tech Checkup, NYC Health Tech Grants, and Other Noteworthy News 

GigaOm Health tech’s monthly checkup: investment nearly tripled in January (infographic) 
HIT Consultant Digital Health Funding Tops $320 Million in the First Month of 2013 
Xconomy Swarm of Applicants Vying for New York City’s Health Tech Grants
MedCity News 6 innovations with the potential to make doctors’ offices more efficient
Modern Healthcare Telehealth reduced readmissions, hospital days: report
Government Health IT ONC sees e-health as foundation for engagement
Politico Feds’ ‘E-Health’ initiative reaches out to patients


Learn to Navigate the NY Health Tech Landscape with StartUp Health

Join StartUp Health’s Steven Krein on Tuesday, February 19 from 6:30 to 8:30pm EDT for a NY Social Media Week panel: Navigating the Funding and Resources of Health Tech Innovation in New York.  Meet and learn from StartUp Health, New York Digital Health Accelerator, Health 2.0, Partnership for New York City Fund, Blueprint Health, and NY eHealth as they discuss the wide variety of financial, mentorship, and infrastructure support resources available in NY to enable promising eHealth startup companies. Learn more & register here!


How Behavior and Patients Can Fix Healthcare with Dr. Jay Parkinson, Greatist, and StartUp Health

Attend a special NY Social Media Week session on Thursday, February 21 from noon to 1:30pm EDT, moderated by GigaOm’s Ki Mae Heussner and featuring Dr. Jay Parkinson of Sherpaa, Derek Flanzraich of Greatist, and Unity Stoakes of StartUp Health. Discussion topic: How Behavior and Patients Can Fix Healthcare. New technologies allowing for quantified-self and the wider reach of social media have presented new options for health, but how are these best applied and do they really work for the wide array of patients that exist? Sharing more personal data with the institutions, experts, and with other people via social technology is enlightening or even fun, but will it allow for innovations shaping the medicine of tomorrow? At the root of these discussions, it seems clear that the patient will be the one to ultimately lead change and improvements to the cost, access, and quality of healthcare. Learn more & register here!


Free eHealth Webcast on Medicine’s Next Frontier

Last month, StartUp Health participated in an eHealth panel at the Biotech Showcase in San Francisco, along with Jack Young from Qualcomm, Ben Chodor from Happtique, and Eric Elenko from PureTech Ventures. Check out the free webcast now!


Healthcare Transformer Spotlight

Alan Blaustein’s passion for healthcare solutions began with his thymic cancer diagnosis in 2005. Frustrated with the limited resources available to effectively navigate the healthcare system, he leaned on his longtime friend Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s Chief Medical Editor, for support. After Alan’s recovery, the friends realized there was a need for a service to help patients and caregivers make better decisions amid the healthcare system’s many complexities. In June 2012, they launchedCarePlanners (@careplanners) to provide patient and caregiver navigation, coordination and organization solutions through a nationwide team of healthcare experts (e.g. – registered nurses, social workers, Medicare experts, insurance and billing specialists, and other healthcare advocates) and a sophisticated set of online decision-making support tools. Check out our 10 questions with Alan Blaustein!


NY eHealth Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge

Are you a creative designer or developer who wants to change the world? Start with New York. 20 million New Yorkers are anxious to have access to their health records – the New York eHealth Collaborative is building the infrastructure and platform and they want you to create an incredible user experience! In partnership with Health 2.0, they’ve launched the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge to invite designers and developers to submit prototypes for a secure portal that will present patients with their individual PHR while educating them about health data privacy rights. Developers have a chance to win $25,000 in prizes, connect with healthcare leaders and investors, and help 20 million New Yorkers be more informed about their health. To learn more about this unique initiative and view details on how to submit a prototype, please visit the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge.


These Healthcare Transformers are Hiring!

Want to help transform healthcare? Check out a few openings we’ve recently heard about and join one of these amazing teams…or pass along the opportunities to friends or colleagues!
If your company is looking to hire the best and brightest, let us know and we will feature your career listing here with a link to the description in a future newsletter.


Upcoming Health Events & Challenges

Venture Summit | West
February 13, 2013 (Mountain View, CA)

Precision Genomic Medicine: How Close Are We?
February 13, 2013 (New York, NY)

StartUp Weekend Health
February 15, 2013 (Philadelphia, PA)

Social Media Week
February 18-22, 2013

21st Annual National HIPAA Summit
February 19-21, 2013 (Washington, DC)

PILOT Health Tech NYC: Matchmaking Sessions
February 20-21, 2013 (New York, NY)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Games To Generate Data Challenge
Deadline for submissions: February 22, 2013

Hackovate Health Finale
February 26, 2013 (Kansas City, MO)

For even more, visit our listings of Events & Challenges.


Join the StartUp Health Network 

Visit startuphealth.net and sign the Pledge to request free access to the StartUp Health Network. More than 5,400 innovators, 2,400 startups, 500 VCs, and hundreds of angels and potential customers are already using the Network to connect.


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NY eHealth Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge

Are you a creative designer or developer who wants to change the world? Start with New York! 20 million New Yorkers are anxious to have access to their health records – the New York eHealth Collaborative is building the infrastructure and platform and they want you to create an incredible user experience!

In partnership with Health 2.0, they’ve launched the Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge to invite designers and developers to submit prototypes for a secure portal that will present patients with their individual PHR while educating them about health data privacy rights. Developers have a chance to win $25,000 in prizes, connect with healthcare leaders and investors, and help 20 million New Yorkers be more informed about their health.

When the submission period for the Design Challenge ends on April 11, 2013, all New Yorkers will be invited to vote on the best design prototypes from April 11-21. This competition is an opportunity for developers and designers to contribute to a tremendous cause that can positively impact millions. 

To learn more about this unique initiative and view details on how to submit a prototype, please visit: 
http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/new-york-state-patient-portal-challenge/

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Healthcare Transformer Spotlight

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Alan Blaustein, Founder & CEO, CarePlanners
StartUp Health Academy Healthcare Transformer

Alan’s passion for healthcare solutions began with his thymic cancer diagnosis in 2005. Frustrated with the limited resources available to effectively navigate the healthcare system, he leaned on his longtime friend Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s Chief Medical Editor, for support. After Alan’s recovery, the friends realized there was a need for a service to help patients and caregivers make better decisions amid the healthcare system’s many complexities. In June 2012, they launched CarePlanners (@careplanners) to provide patient and caregiver navigation, coordination and organization solutions through a nationwide team of healthcare experts (e.g. – registered nurses, social workers, Medicare experts, insurance and billing specialists, and other healthcare advocates) and a sophisticated set of online decision-making support tools. CarePlanners is headquartered in New York City. Alan, an attorney to the burgeoning Internet marketplace in the late 1990s, was also one of the Internet’s earliest entrepreneurs, holding senior leadership positions at About, Flexplay, and OpenSky.
                                         

Describe your company in 140 characters or less.

Patient and caregiver concierge service to help them be more confident in their ongoing dealings with the healthcare system.

Why are you passionate about transforming health tech?

Because I was a patient and experienced first hand how impossible it is to navigate the healthcare system; you spend more time dealing with doctors, employers, insurance companies, prescriptions, hospitals, and everything else than you do healing and getting better.  We all need help. 

Professions have developed around other complex systems.  You turn to your lawyer for legal issues.  You turn to your accountant for tax issues.  Now you turn to CarePlanners for healthcare challenges facing yourself or your loved ones.

What was your biggest “a-ha!” moment?

When I realized everyone in the healthcare system is as confused as I am. There’s not a single one of us who doesn’t think the healthcare system is incredibly inefficient — which creates great opportunities for entrepreneurs and people who want to approach the challenge differently.

What is one piece of advice you’d like to share with other entrepreneurs?

Trust your gut, but surround yourself with advisors and team members who have been through it before.   

What is your super power?

Getting businesses and people from point A to point B; I view building as a series of steps that require a really good project manager.  

Who inspires you?

Anyone who is passionate about what they do.

What innovation will transform healthcare most in the next 24 months and why?

True coordination of care — it is the only thing that can truly improve outcomes and reduce cost. And our system is not set up in any way, shape or form to yet allow this to happen (yes, the ACA points us in this direction but it will be years before healthcare consumers really feel the benefits).

What is your mantra?

If my three kids are not proud of what I did in a given day, then I did not have a good day — it is a very simple litmus test that governs everything we do.

What do you do for fun?

My kids.

Answer a question you wish we had asked.

Hazel.


Learn more about Alan and CarePlanners and follow them on Twitter: @careplanners.

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How Patients Learn in the Digital Age

The shift towards team-based healthcare is giving rise to a large group of professionals sometimes called “healthcare extenders.” On the front lines of healthcare, these non-MD professionals work with and on behalf of patients. Their fast-growing numbers include nurses, nurse practitioners, health educators, registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators, and social workers.

HealthEd Academy asked 155 of these non-MD healthcare extender professionals how they are using technology to educate patients. Some interesting trends to note:  

  • • The majority of healthcare extenders refer patients to credible websites.
  • • Two thirds of healthcare extenders have a smartphone, but only a quarter of them use their smartphone to interact with patients.
  • • 3 of every 10 healthcare extenders have a tablet (higher than the overall US population), and 2 of these 3 people uses a tablet for interacting with patients. Of the remaining 7 out of 10, all but 1 wish they had a tablet to interact with patients.
  • • 77% of healthcare extenders who use apps report that technology improves the quality of their interactions with patients.

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For more information, visit HealthEd Academy and download their full report.

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Learn to Navigate the NY Health Tech Landscape

February 19, 2013 | 6:30 – 8:30pm

Calling all startups! Join StartUp Health’s Steven Krein on Tuesday, February 19, for a NY Social Media Week panel: Navigating the Funding and Resources of Health Tech Innovation in New York. Hear from organizations including StartUp Health, New York Digital Health Accelerator, Health 2.0, Partnership for New York City Fund, Blueprint Health, and NY eHealth as they discuss the wide variety of financial, mentorship, and infrastructure support resources available in NY to enable promising eHealth startup companies.

Learn more: http://socialmediaweek.org/newyork/events/?id=54480#.URATGGdp6Sq

 

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StartUp Health Newsletter: Want Help Growing Your Startup?

Calling all Health StartUps: 
Only 4 Days Left to Apply to StartUp Health’s 3-Year Entrepreneur Program with GE
GE and StartUp Health are teaming up to help startups accelerate and scale their businesses. Startups from any country can apply. Learn more here: startuphealth.net/ge

In This Update:
  • Noteworthy News
  • Want Help Growing Your StartUp?
  • The Hive Curation Team Announced 
  • Innovate Health Tech NYC Challenge
  • PILOT Health Tech NYC 
  • Health Tech Creating Jobs
  • Upcoming Health Events & Challenges
  • Join the StartUp Health Network 

Noteworthy News 

World Economic Forum Live Interview with Esther Dyson
Force Therapeutics Blog Mobile Health Insights 2012 Infographic
WSJ Mobile Health Unlikely to Face Much Regulatory Scrutiny, Lawyer Says
Modern Healthcare 7 out of 10 adults track a health indicator: report 
NYTimes Electronic Health Tracking Increasingly Common, Researchers Say
Healthcare Informatics Report: Record Year for Venture Capital, Mergers and Acquisitions in Health IT
Forbes The STAT Ten: Eric Topol, MD Speaks Out on Digital Health
iHealthBeat Federal Involvement in Mobile Health To Boost Industry, Experts Say
MedCity News There are 6 types of healthcare consumers; Which ones would you like to target?


Want Help Growing Your StartUp?

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Tick tock! The deadline is this Friday, February 8th to apply to the StartUp Health and GE Entrepreneurship Program to provide expertise, resources, and growth opportunities for health startups.  

We are accepting applications from startups from any country. Learn more and apply here: startuphealth.net/ge

We are seeking startups from a broad spectrum of health innovation — located anywhere in the world — that may include:
  • Big data & analytics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chronic disease management
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Healthcare cost management & reduction
  • Healthcare delivery & point-of-care solutions
  • Healthy aging
  • Home based services & solutions
  • Patient-provider engagement tools
  • Personalized / precision medicine
  • Sensor & tracking
Select companies will be invited to participate in the Program, which will include a customized growth curriculum, access to GE’s executives, training on scaling business operations, a GE leadership mentor for each company, and exposure to GE technology experts. Additionally, the Program will offer a virtual commercial laboratory, where GE healthymagination and StartUp Health will create ongoing opportunities for partnerships, customer development, and pilot programs to test innovative products and business models.

The application deadline is February 8, 2013. Apply NOW at startuphealth.net/ge


The Hive Curation Team Announced To Select 40 Innovators 

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StartUp Health is pleased to partner with TEDMED to invite a diverse and dynamic group of innovators to participate in The Hive at the 2013 TEDMED event at the Kennedy Center. This debut gathering of entrepreneurs and future-thinkers will include 40 innovative companies that will be selected to share their products and services and join the Delegates in Washington, DC.

If you’d like to be considered for a scholarship to TEDMED and have your organization participate in The Hive, the application process has been extended through February 7, 2013. Apply here now!

The 40 companies will represent a diverse spectrum of innovators from startups, academia, government, non-profits, incubators, and industry. The Hive Curation Team, which was announced today, will help us select the final 40 organizations that will join us in April. The Hive Curation Team includes:
  • Scott Case – CEO, Startup America Partnership
  • Lesa Mitchell – Vice President, Innovation & Networks, Kauffman Foundation
  • Sara Holoubek – CEO  and Founder Luminary Labs
  • Lisa Kennedy – Chief Marketing Officer, GE Healthymagination
  • Charles Huang – VP at Equity Health LLC – Blackstone Group
  • Jonah Czerwinski – Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director, VA Center for Innovation

StartUp Health Partners with NYCEDC & Health 2.0 on Innovate Health Tech NYC Challenge

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StartUp Health is excited to partner on a new healthcare technology challenge launched by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Health 2.0 that is designed to spur innovation, business growth, and entrepreneurship in the New York City healthcare technology sector. The Innovate Health Tech NYC Challenge, sponsored by Janssen Healthcare Innovation, awards $50,000 in prizes to New York City-based health technologists that develop pre-commercialization stage innovations that solve urgent health care problems. The challenge invites software and hardware developers to submit their technological solutions, such as wireless health monitoring devices, mobile applications, clinical workflow management tools, and healthcare analytics tools, by May 2, 2013. Winners also receive coaching and support for a public Demo Day in July 2013.


PILOT Health Tech NYC Matchmaking Applications Due Soon

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StartUp Health is proud to partner with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the Bloomberg Administration, and Health 2.0 on the PILOT Health Tech NYC. This unique program provides funding of up to $100,000 each to 10 innovative pilot projects annually to take place in New York City. Requests for matchmaking sessions must be submitted by February 10, 2013, so be sure to apply now. Attend the information session webinar on Tuesday, February 6 from 2-3pm to learn more about the PILOT Health Tech NYC program. We’ll answer any questions and explain the process. The webinar will be recorded and later posted on the site, so those who can’t make the webinar can watch it later. Register today!


These Healthcare Transformers are Hiring!

Want to help transform healthcare? Check out a few openings we’ve recently heard about and join one of these amazing teams…or pass along the opportunities to friends or colleagues!
If your company is looking to hire the best and brightest, let us know and we will feature your career listing here with a link to the description in a future newsletter.


Upcoming Health Events & Challenges

Challenge: Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color
Deadline for submissions: February 5, 2013

GETHealth Summit
February 6-7, 2013 (New York, NY)

MIT Health and Wellness Conference
February 6-7, 2013 (Cambridge, MA)

Apply to StartUp Health’s 3-Year Entrepreneur Program with GE
Deadline for submissions: February 8, 2013

Health 2.0 India
February 8-9, 2013 (Bangalore, India)

PILOT Health Tech NYC
Deadline for submitting “Find a Pilot Partner” Form: February 10, 2013

Venture Summit | West
February 13, 2013 (Mountain View, CA)

Precision Genomic Medicine: How Close Are We?
February 13, 2013 (New York, NY)

Social Media Week: Health IT Panel
February 19, 2013 (New York, NY)

21st Annual National HIPAA Summit
February 19-21, 2013 (Washington, DC)

PILOT Health Tech NYC: Matchmaking Sessions
February 20-21, 2013 (New York, NY)

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Games To Generate Data Challenge
Deadline for submissions: February 22, 2013

Hackovate Health Finale
February 26, 2013 (Kansas City, MO)

For even more, visit our listings of Events & Challenges.


Join the StartUp Health Network 

Visit startuphealth.net and sign the Pledge to request free access to the StartUp Health Network. More than 5,000 innovators, 1900 startups, 480 VCs, and hundreds of angels and potential customers are already using the Network to connect.