The 14 companies selected for Rock’s fourth class get access to mentorship, office space, operational support and the option of $100,000 in investment. Not surprisingly, they represent some of the latest trends we’re seeing in the digital health space.
Helping consumers make better choices about care
New Rock companies OpenPlacement and Moxe Health are platforms that match patients with providers based on their needs and preferences — the former matches seniors with senior housing and care providers, and the latter matches underserved patients with the nearest clinic or health center based on their acuity, insurance coverage and location. Also chosen for Rock’s fourth class is LabDoor, which builds report cards for cosmetics, supplements and over-the-counter medications based on their safety, efficacy and price.
Beam Technologies connects a toothbrush with an app that collects data on brushing behavior to help consumers track their oral health habits and see how those habits impact overall health.
Using data to intervene early in at-risk patients is the idea behind CliniCast, whose first product, ARTO, aims to help providers reduce unnecessary hospital admissions in patients with chronic disease.
Making it easier for doctors and insurance companies to assess a patient’s eligibility is the goal of the appropriately named API Eligible. Kit Check, meanwhile, automates the processing of medication kits for hospitals and pharmacies, eliminating paperwork and human error. A third company, BenefitsMe, presumably fits into this category, although very little information is available about the company. According to Rock Health, it helps employers manage HR benefits and employees appreciate their HR benefits.
Extending care beyond the doctors’ offices
On a health and wellness level, Wello takes personal training digital by connecting fitness professionals and exercisers over live, two-way video. The more medically oriented Wellframe uses artificial intelligence to translate clinical protocol into personalized plans that patients can view from their mobile devices after being discharged from the hospital. A third company, Wildflower Health, aims to make pregnancy healthier, safer and less costly through personalized mobile apps.
Already backed by investors including co-founders of Flickr and Guitar Hero, Zipongo encourages families to buy healthy meals by sharing deals and giving them rewards for buying nutritious foods. Meanwhile, Mango Health offers mobile apps, including an iPhone app that lets users check drug interactions, to consumers to help them manage and improve their health.
Game designer Jane McGonigal is the mind behind SuperBetter, a game that’s focused on helping players improve all aspects of their health and overcome mental health challenges like depression and anxiety.
[Photo from Beam Technologies]