A Cincinnati accelerator for health IT startups that models itself on groups like Rock Health, Blueprint Health and Healthbox has named its inaugural class of companies.
The startups in the Innov8 for Health Startup Accelerator include one that’s developed a game aimed at helping children overcome their fears and another that’s creating an app to facilitate patient-physician communication.
Each of the eight startups will participate in a 12-week program that provides mentoring from volunteer executives and meetings with investment groups.
Each team will get $20,000 to develop a prototype. Innov8 has raised more than $500,000 in cash and in-kind donations from organizations such as Sanofi, GE Aviation, Queen City Angels, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.
The program begins on June 11 and culminates with a startup showcase event on Aug. 31.
Here’s a brief description of seven startups in Innov8′s inaugural class (the eighth offer hadn’t been finalized prior to the accelerator’s press release.)
CCM Link: CCM has developed an application that’s a patient self-management and a care team support tool. The application aims to enhance communication between patients, caregivers and providers, while reducing the care coordination burden for caregivers and improving patient adherence to prescribed health activities.
Chronic Care Solutions: This company focuses on improving the health and reducing the healthcare costs for patients with type 1 diabetes. It uses digital media and social gaming dynamics to support positive lifestyle behavior change and treatment adherence.
I Feel Great Apps: This startup uses mobile and Web tools to educate patients on healthcare costs and health safety. Users can match local healthcare providers to personal preferences, track treatments and medications, and view how healthcare choices impact their pocketbooks.
Intec Solutions: Intec has created a program to automate employees’ access to private health information for hospitals.
MedaCheck: This startup is developing hardware and software products to manage the problem of medication adherence.
Betterpointment: This company is developing a mobile app designed to improve the quality of doctor-patient communication. The app uses machine learning and patient input to generate an appointment agenda and a concise opening remark.
Empowering Innovations: The company has created a Web-based game that helps children over the age of 3 build confidence by learning how to face and conquer fears. The product assists therapists, physicians and parents by using validated psychological techniques and gaming dynamics to teach children how to overcome fears and gain confidence.
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