In May, we highlighted five other exciting startups in the telehealth space. Now, let's expand the scope of that discussion to include the wide world of startups at the intersection of healthcare and technology.
This is an exciting arena, and it's not hard to find companies that have the potential to change lives. Below are 22 exciting ones we've come across, and in some cases, had the pleasure of working with:
Breakthrough is a telehealth company that remotely connects patients with mental health providers. Through this service, counseling is made available to those who might not otherwise seek it. These patients are also given the opportunity to select the professional with whom they feel most comfortable and are not limited by location or proximity. Further, Breakthrough points out that 86% of patients book follow-up sessions.
LifeDojo helps employers keep their staff members happy and healthy via a selection of programs, delivered online, designed to introduce and reinforce healthy habits. Examples of LifeDojo's programs include "Healthy Eating," "Exercise," and "Stop Smoking." More than 350 employers have signed on with LifeDojo, which has provided physical and mental health training to nearly 44,000 people.
MedWand allows doctors to receive clinical-quality readings of a remote patient's health. The device records basic vitals and transmits those via bluetooth to other devices, like a patient's smartphone. This way, telehealth providers can get reliable measurements, like weight and pulse, glucose readings, an overview of a patient's exercise habits, and many other data points.
Pager has created a platform that connects patients with nearby doctors who can then be at the patient's home, office or hotel within two hours. Pager is currently only available to New York City residents. Billing is done automatically within the app, just as you would pay for a ride on Uber, where a few members of Pager's founding team previously worked.
AnalyticsMD is a software platform that helps hospitals detect inefficiencies in how they manage resources. It uses machine learning to understand and make predictions about a hospital's operations. This gives doctors and management valuable, real-time data about when to expect increased demand in a specific department, where bottlenecks are forming in patient flows, and when to schedule surgeries for optimal cost savings.
Spire is a wearable device that tracks users' activity and breathing, alerting them if it detects heightened levels of stress. As the startup's team puts it: "Spire figures out when you're calm, focused, or tense, and provides you with guidance and exercises when it matters most."
Oscar is a health-insurance startup, currently providing services limited to New York and New Jersey. Technology is part of the company's DNA, and its software lets users track their visits and prescriptions on a timeline, connect with an in-network doctor remotely, and even track daily exercise activity (users can earn $240 per year in discounts for meeting activity goals).
MediSafe is a medication adherence app that allows you to track the medication you take, or that of a loved one. The app will send an alert when it's time for a dose, will track the user's adherence, and will even alert someone else if the primary user fails to check in or confirm that a medication has been taken.
Like MediSafe, AdhereTech is focused on ensuring patients take the medications they are prescribed. This startup's smart pill bottle tracks when a person takes his or her medicine. Its primary application, however, is in clinical trials and for research projects. This way, pharmaceutical companies can remove human errors from their testing and potentially get medications to market faster.
SkinVision has worked with a variety of dermatologists to create an app whose algorithm can actually detect whether moles or changes to the skin could be melanoma. Simply take a photo of a spot on your skin, and the app will analyze its appearance and give you a recommendation. You can then track changes to that spot over time and know immediately when it is time to consult your doctor.
CareDox is a platform that allows parents and school nurses to collaborate and share necessary information about a child's health. This allows parents to keep a record of their child's health information, which can easily, and securely, be shared with new nurses, administrators, coaches and teachers whenever the child begins a new school year.
Counsyl is reimagining the clinical lab by giving individuals direct access to DNA screening. This allows individuals and couples to understand what diseases their children could potentially inherit, thereby giving them the freedom to make informed family planning decisions.
Unwind Me is another startup using Uber's model of on-call providers. It connects users with massage therapists, who can respond quickly and make house calls at competitive prices (standard pricing is $89 per hour massage, which includes tip). Reviews for the service, currently only available in San Francisco, have been almost uniformly positive.
Recombine, like Counsyl, helps individuals and couples make family planning decisions through genomic and fertility testing. Recombine's CarrierMap tool analyzes a patient's DNA to learn what mutations might be present, and whether he or she risks passing along any of the 250-plus genetic diseases the company tests for.
Mango Health also seeks to improve patients' rates of medication adherence via its smartphone app, which lets users create routines of healthy habits — including taking medicine, checking blood pressure and monitoring weight — and reminds them daily to stick with those routines.
CellScope is creating mobile devices that plug into smartphones to turn them into diagnostic tools. CellScope recently launched the Oto, which turns a smartphone into an otoscope, a device that detects ear infections. The company hopes its technology will both empower patients to self-diagnose at home and collect valuable data that they can then share with their healthcare providers.
Honor has created a platform that makes senior home healthcare available on demand. Its network of caregivers are available for round-the-clock assistance or for short-term care, when family members have to be away. Or, as the company puts it, "Honor makes it easy for our collective moms and dads to stay in their own homes as long as they please."
MD Insider uses big data to help employers empower their employees to make more informed decisions about healthcare providers by simply revealing important data about those healthcare providers. The company's database maintains performance data — including the number of procedures performed over the last three years, costs per procedure and procedure outcomes — on more than 850,000 physicians nationwide.
TigerText allows healthcare professionals to communicate via instant message while keeping the sensitive content of those conversations secure. Text messages are encrypted, and files permanently disappear from devices after they are opened. The app even allows users to securely message colleagues on other chat platforms.
Boston's Wellframe allows healthcare providers to more closely manage the care plans they establish for each patient, get useful feedback on patient adherence and tailor their care plans in real time. The intuitive software keeps the patient feeling more engaged in his or her care plan, and it extends a healthcare provider's reach and the number of touch points with that patient.
Retrofit is a weight-loss management platform available both to individuals and employers. The startup's 12-month online behavior modification program engages end users through remote monitoring and Skype check-ins. According to Retrofit, the average client loses 1.2 pounds per week.
WellnessFX takes modern diagnostic testing, which starts with a simple blood test, and delivers those results to patients within 3 to 10 days. The software visualizes and explains all the data, tracks changes over time, and allows patients to make adjustments whenever necessary. Expert consultations are also available through the platform.
Tags: Enterprise, Health Innovation, Healthcare consumerism, Telehealth