Stroke triage for ERs, pill-dispensing robot part of Healthbox’s accelerator reboot in Boston

Healthbox’s Boston class will be the first to take part in its accelerator reboot, Healthbox Studios. Among the digital health technologies included in the nine-member class, according to the website, are a pill-dispensing robot as a way to improve adherence, a collaborative approach to telemedicine for primary care physicians and psychiatrists, and a triaging tool […]

Healthbox’s Boston class will be the first to take part in its accelerator reboot, Healthbox Studios. Among the digital health technologies included in the nine-member class, according to the website, are a pill-dispensing robot as a way to improve adherence, a collaborative approach to telemedicine for primary care physicians and psychiatrists, and a triaging tool for emergency departments to identify potential stroke victims sooner.

Healthbox Studio’s changes include cutting the program length in half to eight weeks and eliminating the automatic equity stake it used to take from companies accepted into the program.

Here’s a summary of the incoming class.

Artaic Health enlists a pill-dispensing robot to take on medication adherence.The MIT spinout received $1.7 million in funding from NIH Small Business Innovation Research grant to advance its product. Its goal is to connect patients, clinics, and pharmaceutical companies.

Good Lux Technology developed its Sunsprite light tracking device and app to help people with depression use bright light therapy. It is intended to track sun exposure and provide feedback to help people manage their depression, energy level and mood.

iHope Network is intended to help primary care physicians spot signs of depression and anxiety in adolescents. It helps physicians refers patients to a network of certified psychiatrists for telemedicine sessions that use cognitive behavioral therapy treatment through phone and video. The emphasis of the platform is collaboration to prescribe medications and provide reports that track impact and effectiveness, according to the website.

Nurse Grid There are already a few mobile communication tools for nurses, but this one is focused on scheduling nurses for shifts. It’s intended to make communication between nurses and their managers easier.

Obz Design is working on a non-invasive diagnostic device to measure hemoglobin in one minute 60 seconds to diagnose anemia — a condition that’s commonly associated with chronic conditions such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease as well as cancer. It is led by Health Director Paige Cowles, a registered nurse in the emergency department at Mass General Hospital in Boston, CEO James Fox, who comes from a medical device background, and David Zapata, the director of operations who is trained as a mechanical engineer and previously worked for GE Aviation in Cincinnati.

OtoSense has developed a messaging system to alert people who are deaf and hard of hearing to important sounds, such as alarms through their mobile phones. It raised fresh capital last month.

Raiing developed a thermometer to continuously monitor body temperature. Its iThermometer is a class II medical device that received FDA 510(k) clearance in 2012. Users place the sensor in the armpit, and it transmits data through Bluetooth to nearby mobile devices.

Strohl Medical developed a way to help emergency room doctors and staff to triage potential stroke patients. Its
NeuroEGPTM device gives patients a test that records their response to certain stimuli within minutes of delivering the test.

Voiceitt developed an app to improve communication for people with impaired speech through a medical condition such as cerebral palsy. Its Talkitt app identifies speech patterns in the user’s voice and converts them into a computerized voice. Danny Weissberg and Stas Tiomkin, who graduated from the Israel Institute of Technology, co-founded the company.