Healthbox Studio in Miami: Artificial intelligence and air purification among offerings

The refurbished and rebranded Healthbox accelerator as Healthbox Studio unveiled its new class of startups this week and artificial intelligence is a dominant theme. It also includes a startup with a public health goal of helping asthma patients and others by improving air quality in homes. Interestingly, some of the entrepreneurs in the latest class […]

The refurbished and rebranded Healthbox accelerator as Healthbox Studio unveiled its new class of startups this week and artificial intelligence is a dominant theme. It also includes a startup with a public health goal of helping asthma patients and others by improving air quality in homes.

Interestingly, some of the entrepreneurs in the latest class appear to be much older and experienced than a lot of the health IT founders I have encountered. But that’s a reflection of the maturing space and companies developing more complex technologies to power their solutions.

Sensentia developed a tool that uses natural language processing to healthcare queries verifying healthcare benefits in real-time from the perspective of payers and members. It claims to have achieved a 95 percent accuracy rate for the platform. The grey haired co-founders have experience in areas such as human-computer interfaces and software.  Jan Jungclaus, the CEO, has worked as a technology consultant and studied artificial intelligence and  as part of his research for a PhD at Harvard. Co-founder Ronin Amit has focused on computer software. Prior to Healthbox they were fellows at Rock Health.

Hindsait uses artificial intelligence software to help clinicians and managers filter out patient services it deems unlikely to be unnecessary. Last year, it took part in Pilot Health Tech NYC and was matched up with the NY Blood Center. Hindsait developed a messaging tool to convert the people who say they will donate blood and don’t into reliable donors. The NY Blood Center worked with Hindsait in a pilot project assessing its artificial intelligence and predictive analytics software to score prospective blood donors’ probability of donating. It’s also part of StartUp Health’s portfolio. The CEO and co-founder, Pinaki Dasgupta, previously worked as a partner at Accenture. Co-founder and chief architect Addrish Sannyasi had worked at Deloitte and PWC.

Transformair developed an air purification technology that it claims “completely destroys” air pollutants indoors, converting them into trace amounts of water and carbon dioxide. The goal is to eliminate the triggers of asthma and allergies. The technology seems to come out of Advanced Technologies & Testing Laboratories, a company for which Transformair co-founder Lovely Goswami worked for 21 years. Yogi Goswami, co-founder and CEO, has been a professor of chemical engineering and director of Clean Energy Research Center at University of South Florida.  Other co-founders include Jaya Rao and Dilip Goswami.

Symptify bills itself as a virtual doctor visit.  Its algorithm seeks to help users of its technology whittle down the list of possible causes for their symptoms. Jalil Thurber, its founder and CEO, is an emergency physician with the Cleveland Clinic.

Keet is moving in similar direction as other physical therapy practice support programs. One component focuses on helping therapists manage their case load and another component that helps patients. It digitizes complex therapy programs and helps therapists build custom treatment plans. It transmits automatic reminders by email and text to do their therapy and provides a way to check their progress. John Read, who developed the technology behind the company, previously built training applications for professional athletes.

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EHR.Works doesn’t have a very clear explanation for what it does but “interoperable,” “web-based productivity suite” and “help providers manage information,” stood out. Its CEO and co-founder is Alex Zoller who previously worked for OmniMD and United Care Group Sales. It’s based out of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Tesser Health has developed products across a few different areas such as chronic condition management, triage tools and providing information on drug benefit plans and drug prices. It is also taking part in the upcoming AARP Innovation@50+ startup demo day next week.

HealthCentrix creates mobile care plans that can be prescribed, monitored and evaluated by physicians, according to its website. It is led by co-founders Alejandro Roman, the CEO, and Jose Millan, the president and chairman.

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