3 healthcare startups win $100K to grow businesses in Maryland

Brain injury detection, improving access to care in developing countries and adding more context to electronic health records. Those healthcare challenges occupy three healthcare startups, each of which has received $100,000 to develop their businesses in Maryland. They were among the winners of the InvestMaryland challenge. It is just one reflection of the kind of […]

Brain injury detection, improving access to care in developing countries and adding more context to electronic health records. Those healthcare challenges occupy three healthcare startups, each of which has received $100,000 to develop their businesses in Maryland. They were among the winners of the InvestMaryland challenge. It is just one reflection of the kind of incentives states are offering startups to influence where they grow their businesses with a long-term goal of boosting job growth.

Healthify, a Blueprint Health grad, was developed by four Johns Hopkins University graduates. The idea is to give providers a more detailed picture of patients’ social and environmental factors that could indicate their likelihood for re-admission and to better manage social risks they face.

Brain Sentry, a Bethesda-based company, developed a special helmet in response to the increased concerns and awareness over concussions and brain trauma. Although it is not a diagnostic, it wants to make it easier for coaches to identify when their football or hockey players have experienced a hard hit to the head. When a player receives a hit to the head, a light sensor on the helmet flashes to warn the coach that he or she may need to be examined or taken out of the game.

ClickMedix is an MIT spin-out based in Gaithersburg. Its technology enables physicians, nurses, and health workers in at least 13 countries to use mobile devices to screen patients for health risks and transmit information about patients’ symptoms – including images, videos and triage data to remote specialists. Those specialists respond with a diagnosis and treatment instructions for each patient. These patient-facing health professionals serve as the “eyes and hands” of remote medical experts who virtually extend their care, while learning about how to treat various symptoms. Last year ClickMedix partnered with Medtronic to do screenings in India for ear infections and hearing loss.