Investors pick 11 most promising health IT startups

By: Brian Dolan | Aug 29, 2011        

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Skimble Workout TrainerVenture capital firm Morgenthaler Ventures has named the 11 most promising health IT startups in the US that are seeking seed stage or first rounds of funding. The 11 startups will present demonstrations of their wares at an event next month in Mountainview, California, called DC to VC. The showcase is co-organized by the Silicon Valley Bank, Health 2.0 and Practice Fusion.

Among those tapped to present at the event were a number of mobile health startups. The seed stage mobile health contenders include EyeNetra, Skimble, SurgiChart and Telethrive. The first round of funding contenders include Jiff and YourNurseIsOn.com.

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based EyeNetra calls itself the most affordable mobile eye diagnostic ever developed, allowing anyone to take their own eye test, get a prescription for glasses, and connects to eye-care providers all on a mobile phone. San Francisco-based Skimble powers the mobile wellness movement with a cross-platform ecosystem of fun and dynamic coaching applications. (Skimble is also a member of incubator Rock Health’s first class of startups.) Nashville Tennessee-based SurgiChart is a mobile, cloud-based, social-clinical network for surgeons to exchange relevant perioperative, case-centric information. Los Angeles-based Telethrive provides patients an instant connection to doctors for a medical consultation using any telephone or computer with complete audio and video conferencing.

San Francisco-based Jiff calls itself the first HIPAA-compliant iPad platform for patient education in the medical industry –used by doctors, nurses, patients and more. New Haven, Connecticut-based YourNurseIsOn.com employs bi-directional text, phone and email communications to help hospitals and agencies put “the right healthcare providers, in the right places, right now.”

CareyinSync, a real-time care collaboration platform for smart-mobile devices such as iPhones or iPads to radically transform patient care, was listed as an “honorable mention” in Morgenthaler’s press release.

“The tremendous response we received shows that health IT is becoming as sexy a sector as social media and games,” said Rebecca Lynn, partner at Morgenthaler Ventures and head of the firm’s health IT investing team stated in a press release. “We received 117 applications that reflect how entrepreneurs are ‘thinking big.’ They are building powerful applications and services on top of today’s Web, mobile, social media, and cloud-based infrastructures to transform our healthcare system. Many of the applicants were driven to build health IT companies because of their own personal experiences battling the deficiencies in our healthcare system.”

“I believe that entrepreneurs – not corporations or the government – will ultimately fix healthcare,” Lynn stated.

For more on the startups and the event, read the press release below:

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Morgenthaler Ventures, a premier venture capital firm, announced today the 11 finalists of their nationwide contest to find the most promising health IT startups looking for seed and Series-A funding. The 11 company founders will present in front of leading venture capitalists, angel investors and entrepreneurs at a gathering dedicated to health IT innovation. Held on September 22, 2011 in Mountain View, CA, the event is “invitation only.” www.DCtoVC.com Twitter: #DCtoVC.

Venture capital investments in health IT – loosely defined as medical software and information services – increased in the second quarter of 2011 to $198 million, a 27% increase from the $156 million invested during the same period in 2010, according to research from Dow Jones VentureSource.

“The tremendous response we received shows that health IT is becoming as sexy a sector as social media and games,” said Rebecca Lynn, partner at Morgenthaler Ventures and head of the firm’s health IT investing team. “We received 117 applications that reflect how entrepreneurs are ‘thinking big.’ They are building powerful applications and services on top of today’s Web, mobile, social media, and cloud-based infrastructures to transform our healthcare system.

“Many of the applicants were driven to build health IT companies because of their own personal experiences battling the deficiencies in our healthcare system. They are incredibly smart and motivated, and I am humbled by their passion. I believe that entrepreneurs – not corporations or the government – will ultimately fix healthcare,” continued Lynn.

The Finalists

The 11 finalists of the DC to VC: HIT Startup Showcase are grouped into two categories: companies seeking either seed or Series-A funding. They include:

Seed-Stage Finalists:

Careticker is the world’s first platform that helps patients plan in advance for a hospital or outpatient procedure. (Miami, FL)

EyeNetra is the most affordable mobile eye diagnostic ever developed, allowing anyone to take their own eye test, get a prescription for glasses, and connect to eye-care providers all on a mobile phone. (Cambridge, MA)

Skimble powers the mobile wellness movement with a cross-platform ecosystem of fun and dynamic coaching applications. Its latest title, Workout Trainer, ranks Top 10 in the free Healthcare & Fitness category on iPhone/iPad. (San Francisco, CA)

SurgiChart is a mobile, cloud-based, social-clinical network for surgeons to exchange relevant perioperative, case-centric information. (Nashville, TN)

Telethrive provides patients an instant connection to doctors for a medical consultation using any telephone or computer with complete audio and video conferencing. (Los Angeles, CA)

Viewics provides hospitals with cloud-based analytics and business intelligence solutions which enable them to drive enhanced operational, financial and clinical outcomes. (San Francisco, CA)

Series-A Finalists:

AbilTo develops and delivers online mental health programs to managed care members and enterprise workforces that help reduce payor costs while improving overall health outcomes. (New York, NY)

Axial Exchange moves healthcare organizations towards pay-for-performance, enabling providers to coordinate care and measure clinical quality across disparate settings. (Raleigh, NC)

Empower Interactive’s online services deliver proven psychotherapy methodologies via an e-learning platform to greatly improve the economics and accessibility of mental and behavioral health solutions. (San Francisco, CA)

Jiff is the first HIPAA-compliant iPad platform for patient education in the medical industry –used by doctors, nurses, patients and more. (San Francisco, CA)

YourNurseIsOn.com employs bi-directional text, phone and email communications to help hospitals and agencies put “the right healthcare providers, in the right places, right now.” (New Haven, CT)

CareyinSync, a real-time care collaboration platform for smart-mobile devices such as iPhones or iPads to radically transform patient care, was an honorable mention (referred by BluePrint Health IT).

About the Competition

Organized by Morgenthaler Ventures with co-organizers Silicon Valley Bank, Health 2.0 and Practice Fusion, the contest was opened to US entrepreneurs looking to raise seed or Series-A capital for their health IT startups. Applications were judged by Rebecca Lynn, partner at Morgenthaler; Shai Goldman and JC Simbana directors at Silicon Valley Bank; Matthew Holt, founder of Health 2.0; and Steven Krein, founder of StartUp Health and CEO of Organized Wisdom. The judging criteria can be found here.

The finalists will present in front of the following judges at the event on September 22:

Seed stage judges include: Aydin Senkut, managing director of Felicis Ventures; Jeff Tangney, founder and CEO of Doximity; Chaim Indig, co-founder and CEO of Phreesia; Robert Fassett, MD, chief medical informatics officer at Oracle; and Enoch Choi, MD, urgent care physician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

Series-A judges include: Rebecca Lynn, partner at Morgenthaler Ventures; Brian Ascher, partner at Venrock; Isaac Ciechanover, partner at Kleiner Perkins; Tim Chang, partner at Norwest Venture Partners and Alex de Winter, partner at MDV.

In addition, Ryan Howard, founder and CEO of Practice Fusion, the largest and fastest-growing Electronic Health Record system, will be a featured keynote speaker.

One Event, Two Sessions

Morgenthaler is pleased to partner with StartUp Health for this year’s DC to VC event. StartUp Health is an innovative program to help entrepreneurs create, fund and rapidly grow meaningful health and wellness IT companies. It is chaired by Jerry Levin, former Chairman and CEO of TimeWarner, and was launched in June with the help of Aneesh Chopra, US CTO, US HHS (Health & Human Services) and the Startup America Partnership.

The DC to VC session will take place from 12 noon to 5:00 pm on September 22, followed immediately by StartUp Health’s roundtable from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The roundtable is entitled, “Bridging the Gap between Health and Wellness IT Entrepreneurs and Investors” and will be moderated by Thomas Goetz, executive editor at Wired magazine and the author of The Decision Tree, and feature Bob Kocher, partner at Venrock and former special assistant to President Obama for Healthcare and Economic policy.

Invited guests are welcomed to attend both sessions as well as a cocktail reception from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The activities for the day – from 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm – will be held at the same location: Microsoft’s Mountain View campus. The agenda can be found here. The event is also part of the annual Health Innovation Week organized by Health 2.0.

Sponsors

We are grateful to Microsoft and Gunderson Dettmer for sponsoring DC to VC: HIT Startup Showcase this year.

About Morgenthaler Ventures

Morgenthaler Ventures is a premier venture capital firm, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build valuable companies for more than 40 years. Today, the firm has nearly $3 billion under management. Morgenthaler has invested in more than 300 companies in the information technology and life science sectors. Representative portfolio companies in the IT space include: Practice Fusion, Evernote, NexTag, Siri, Lending Club, Pageonce, Nominum, JasperSoft, MuleSource, Synopsys, VeriFone, Nuance Communications, Apple and NEXTEL. Representative life science companies include: Ardian, IPC – The Hospitalist Company, OncoMed, Catalyst Biosciences, Transcend, and GlobeImmune. Morgenthaler has offices in Menlo Park, CA, Boston, MA and Boulder, CO. www.morgenthaler.com.

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