Blueprint Health Demo Day: The Intersection of ‘R’ and ‘Rx’


“Community, customers and capital,” Blueprint Health co-founder Matt Farkash remarked, taking the stage at City Winery to introduce Blueprint Health’s latest class of accelerated startups. Members included surgeons and healthcare administrators, software developers and serial entrepreneurs from London and Hawaii, San Francisco and South Africa and of course, New York City. The room was SRO, packed with investors and mentors (BPH boasts the largest network of mentors with healthcare expertise of any accelerator), partners – present and potential –  to get a first look at the presentations. They ranged from a surgical simulator platform to a tech wristband to help healthcare professionals cut down on hospital-acquired infections; from apps to improve patient care via finding an available doctor when you need one to deciphering Medicaid plans, lab results and medical procedures/follow-ups.

In order of appearance:

intelligentM provides data-driven hand hygiene compliance solutions for hospitals that dramatically reduces healthcare-acquired infections. 1 in 20 hospital patients currently suffer from healthcare-related infections. Their Smartband technology offers the only market solution that provides on-the-spot behavior modification via real-time alerts to non-compliant hand hygiene before the patients are affected. In other words, they let doctors and other health care workers know when they need to wash their hands – and whether they’ve washed thoroughly enough. Over the last three months, intelligentM has signed four clients and booked $400k in revenue.

HealthyOut is still in stealth mode – and convinced that the world is trying to make us all fat. Their solution: an app to help people quickly find a healthy restaurant dish by calories and points; nutrition tags, like heart healthy or gluten free; cuisines and more to help you stay on your diet. Users do get a weekly menu, which they can swap out for alternative dishes. Since starting at BPH, their free iPhone app has added over 150k users and they’ve been able to attract an impressive group of investors, including Dave McClure (500Startups), Peter Horan (former CEO of IAC; current President/COO of Answers.com) and Jan Brandt (Vice Chair Emeritus of AOL, former head of marketing at AOL). Revenue model: it’s the Airbnb model, where there is a monthly subscription, paid by both the user and the restaurant.

DocASAP is the first solution that enables doctors to publish their profiles and open appointments across multiple websites such as health insurance doctor finders, consumer health portals, and referral coordination portals including vitals.com, that handles over 14m monthly physician searches. So if you need a doctor in a hurry, online doctor appointment scheduling service DocASAP is here. In NY, NJ and Philly for now and more to come soon, along with an iPhone and Android app.

iMedicare helps pharmacies to better serve their growing senior population by providing a solution that helps Medicare patients select the best plan for them. There are 50 plans for them to choose from and if they choose the wrong one, it can cost thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses. iMedicare makes the comparison and selection process quick and simple and has over 40 pharmacy clients currently using the product.

For[MD] is a turnkey recruiting solution for hospitals to identify and hire physicians. You think finding programmers is hard? It generally takes eight months to recruit an orthopedic surgeon – and for[MD] already has access to 30% of all of the orthopedic surgeons in the US. They’ve already built their network of physicians through such institutions as Duke, UPenn, Stanford and Johns Hopkins, and collect $15k per placement.

Touch Surgery is a mobile surgical simulator that helps medical device companies educate the surgeon population by providing a mobile software platform that simulates any surgery on virtually any patient. Founded by four doctors who are also programmers and/or animators, the company’s software allows doctors to learn/rehearse surgeries in a hands-on virtual environment rather than on live patients – which can be a bit more dangerous. The app has already had over 100,000 downloads in the last four months; the team has already booked $400k in revenue. That’s what happens when you disrupt the world’s second oldest profession.

Keona Health helps hospitals and physicians spend less time on the phone and more time with patients. This NIH-funded online triage solution transforms a typical 15-minute call to a one-minute review and click, freeing up healthcare workers’ to spend more time with patients, which helps hospitals to generate more revenue. Keona has just announced an agreement with the largest after-hours triage call center in North America.

Evoncea helps hospitals attract more patients to their most profitable service lines by providing quarterly research reports with zip-code level data and insights. This lets hospitals deliver the right marketing message to the right audience, increasing revenues while decreasing their costs of patient acquisitions.

PadInMotion gives hospitals and medical facilities an opportunity to improve patient satisfaction and care by providing customizable medical and entertainment content to them via tablet technology. The company already has contracts with over 10 hospitals, including Mt. Sinai, as well as nursing homes, sub-acute rehab centers and other medical facilities. Finally, the facts patients need, literally at their fingertips.

Luminate Health gives labs a digital platform for patients to access and understand their lab results. There are 200 labs already on board and Luminate is also in advanced discussions to service other top independent labs. There is an annual service fee for the product.

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