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Which digital health and medtech startup finalists will compete in Impact Pediatric Health at SXSW?

Personal health records for schools and brain stimulation are among the technologies that will be showcased at the SXSW event.

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A cast produced by Cast21

Personal health records, innovative casts, and brain stimulation. These are the some of the technologies that will be on display at the Impact Pediatric Health pitching event at SXSW in Austin, Texas this year. The 10 finalists span digital health and medtech and will face a team of judges from the worlds of venture capital and children’s hospitals.

The program is designed to address overlooked gaps in pediatric medicine, commercialize this technology faster, help children’s hospitals identify innovative ways to solve challenges in healthcare and also provide a way for entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to hospitals.

Here’s a look at the 10 finalists:

Astarte Medical Partners developed a clinical decision support tool for Neonatal care physicians. The product gives an overview of clinical data in real time to assess the state of a preterm infant’s gut health. The company is based in Ewing, New Jersey.

CareDox has a cloud-based electronic health record aimed at schools and parents. The goal of the New York City-based company is to coordinate immunizations, medications, and other pediatric health data.

Cast21 produces waterproof exoskeleton casts to heal broken bones and seeks to avoid the miseries associated with traditional casts such as itchiness, sweatiness, skin breakdown, and odor.

emojiHEALTH, a digital health company that hails from Toronto, is geared to teen health. Specifically, it developed a messaging bot designed to motivate teens to better manage their health and wellness through meaningful conversations on a mobile device.

EpiBiome Inc. is a precision microbiome engineering company that profiles microbial populations. It also develops bacteriophages (or phages) that attach to specific receptors on the surface of bacteria and inject their DNA as a way of taking over the bacteria’s “cellular machinery” and duplicate themselves, according to EpiBiome’s website. The idea is to use these phages to eliminate harmful bacteria. The goal of the business is to develop a phage-based approach to prevent of environmental enteropathy in children in developing countries and of traveler’s diarrhea.

Force Impact Technologies, a Gilbert, Arizona medtech business, developed a smart mouthguard aimed at identifying and tracking blows to an athlete’s head as a way to help physicians track and record data for identifying concussions.

Keriton is a Philadelphia-based digital health company targeting breast milk management and data analytics for neonatal intensive care units to improve process efficiency, patient safety, and patient engagement. Graduates of Dreamit Health’s previous cohort, the company recently closed a Series A round.

Luminopia is short on details but the Cambridge, Massachusetts company does state in the press release that its product involves virtual reality.

Metamason is a Los Angeles business uses 3D scanning and 3D printing to produce customized respiratory masks designed to fit a wide variety of patient sizes.

Neuroelectrics, a Cambridge, Massachusetts brain stimulation company monitors and wirelessly stimulates targeted brain areas to support diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in clinical settings and at home. The company is a consortium member for the Stimulation in Pediatrics EU project. The consortium received funding last month for a project that will involve the development of EEG biomarkers to monitor patients’ response to transcranial direct current stimulation.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Cast21’s cast production process. It does not involve 3D printing. We regret the error.