Digital health harnesses the latest technologies to aid patients and medical professionals.

 

The focus of this year’s Start-up Shark Tank is on Coordination of Care, specifically around the transitions from acute to post-acute care settings, including home.  Improving the coordination of care at discharge is a top area of interest for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and all hospitals. These transitions can be a confusing time for patients, fraught with miscommunication and misunderstanding.  The continued coordination of care and administration of treatment outside of the controlled hospital setting is important to improve outcomes and reduce the need for readmission.

 

On October 7th, iHub will host the 2nd annual Brigham Innovation Shark Tank as part of Discover Brigham. During the Innovation Shark Tank, four digital health startups will present their early-stage ventures to researchers and hospital administrators.

 

  • Finalist:
    • Allazo Health – tackles the problem of medication non-adherence through predictive analytics and personalized interventions.

 

  • Meet Caregivers – a platform that enables families and clinicians to select qualified, affordable home caregivers and track the daily care of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

 

  • Memora Health – Personalized SMS reminders, advice, and surveys for chronic illness management, population health data, and clinical trial automation.

 

  • WatchRX – a medication adherence smartwatch with coordinated care helps patients self-manage their medications, saving lives and huge healthcare costs

 

All four teams will receive constructive feedback from the judging panel, comprised of BWH clinicians and others from the healthcare innovation community. First place prize provides one company $2500 and access through meetings with BWH leadership and Brigham Innovation Hub. Judges include Brigham and Women’s Hospital doctors Kathryn Britton, Charles Morris, Rebecca Cunningham, John Wright, and Rock Health’s Mitchell Mom.

 

The Innovation Shark Tank will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Shapiro Breakout room, and moderated by Boston Globe journalist Scott Kirsner who specializes in innovation and entrepreneurship.