StartUp Health adds 12 more to its accelerator academy

By: Brian Dolan | Sep 20, 2012        

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This week healthcare academy StartUp Health announced 12 more companies that would begin its three year program, which is designed to help them better navigate the world of healthcare. Like its inaugural class StartUp Health’s second class is includes a couple of well-known entities, including Dave Chase’s Avado, CakeHealth, and Greatist.

According to StartUp Health, which launched June 2011, the second class of startups includes six East Coast companies and six West Coast companies, and all of them are “beyond the idea stage”. They each already have some financial backers and customers. Four of them have already participated in a health accelerator, and this group of 12 were chosen from an applicant pool of 700 companies.

Of the total 22 companies in the StartUp Health academy program, $35 million has been raised between them, half are from either coast (just coast-based companies?), six are led by women, three have gone through Rock Health’s accelerator program, one has gone through Blueprint Health’s program, and two have Thiel Fellows heading them up.

AT&T and the California HealthCare Foundation have committed to providing full-tuition scholarships for those in the academy’s first class.

The incubator’s longterm goal is to help 1,000 innovative Healthcare Transformers build growth businesses over the course of the next 10 years. Originally, StartUp Health planned to enroll four classes this year alone, but at the current rate that might not happen. Health tech entrepreneurs Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes founded StartUp Health, which is chaired by former TimeWarner CEO Jerry Levin. Investors include Esther Dyson, Roger Ehrenberg, Jason Finger, Linda Holliday, Jeff Stewart, Howard Krein MD, PhD, and Artists and Instigators Ventures.

Here are StartUp Health’s 12 new picks:

Avado — Dave Chase and Bassam Saliba — an EHR-neutral patient portal that aims to make it easier for patients and providers to communicate.

Beyond Lucid Technologies — Jonathon Feit and Christian Witt — digital health tools for first responders to better connect with care facilities.

CakeHealth — Rebecca Woodcock — free web service that helps consumers better understand and manage their health expenses.

CarePlanners — Alan Blaustein and Nancy Snyderman, MD — online decision-making support tools and a nationwide team of healthcare experts to help patients and caregivers.

CareLinx — Sherwin Sheik — online professional caregiver network that helps patients and institutions find, screen, manage and pay caregivers.

Chemotopia — Steve Eisenberg, MD — an application that prepares patients for every aspect of the journey through chemotherapy treatment.

Docphin — Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, Sachin Nanavati, and Derek Juang, MD — platform for healthcare providers to personalize, share, and connect through medical research.

Empower Interactive — Eve Phillips — a telehealth and e-learning company that aims to reduce the cost of behavioral health solutions and make evidence-based psychotherapy more accessible.

Greatist — Derek Flanzraich — a consumer health and fitness site focused on providing high quality content.

Rip Road — Eric Leven and Aditya Verma – develops personalized patient health management programs that help providers and health plans engage patients via their mobile devices so that patients learn to communicate with their providers, actively manage their health conditions, and adhere to their treatments and health regimens.

Medikly — Venkat Gullapalli, MD — an enterprise platform that aims to bridge the digital gap between pharma and healthcare providers.

Truth On Call — Rosina Samadani, PhD — a mobile market research service that surveys physicians in real-time via text message.