Monday, February 24th, 2014

Introducing the 5 Semi-Finalists of the Box + Dignity Health Patient Education App Challenge

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In our quest to help hospitals and health systems become more secure and collaborative we’re constantly seeking new ways to improve patient engagement. We’d love to live in a world where patients don’t get handed a pile of paper documents every time they receive a new diagnosis or have to prep for surgery.

That’s why we launched the Box + Dignity Health Patient Education App Challenge at the Health 2.0 conference in October last year. We partnered with Dignity Health, the nation’s fifth largest hospital system and The Social+Capital Partnership, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, to find apps that help patients consume and interact with educational content related to their diagnosis, disease, or surgical procedures. Applicants were asked to think about how mobile solutions, multimedia and the Box APIs could enrich their development idea.

And the Finalists are…
In total, we received more than 150 applications, which were narrowed down to 5 semi-finalists and 1 honorable mention. The semi-finalists all demonstrate new platforms for patient education and mobile health-tracking. And they are:

  1. WelVU (Portland, OR). A cloud-based patient engagement platform that gives healthcare providers digital tools to create personalized educational content (illustrations, videos, etc.) to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
  2. Wellbe (Madison, WI). Hospitals use Wellbe’s Guided CarePaths to improve the experience and efficiency of helping patients succeed with their medical treatments and surgeries.
  3. CirrusHealth (New York, NY). A next generation, patient-centered transition-of-care-platform developed by the neurosurgical team at Lenox Hill Hospital, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The first product is a virtual office visit and patient discharge solution.
  4. GenieMD (Pleasanton, CA). Personal health management application that helps people track vitals, store medical records and other health data, manage medications, and remotely monitor the health of a loved one. Blue Button Plus integration allows users to easily collect their medical records from multiple providers.
  5. Lyfechannel (San Carlos, CA). Mobile programs for chronic patient care that translate a physician’s instructions into patient action. This helps patients build better lifetime habits for diet, activity and drug adherence.
  6. Conversa Health, Honorable Mention (San Francisco, CA). A platform that enables physicians to gather structured feedback on patients’ progress and outcomes through “digital checkups” between visits. Patients also receive links to personalized educational videos.

Good luck to the semi-finalists!

The next step for these teams is the final judging round and pitch day at Box headquarters with the panel of judges:

  • Aneesh Chopra, Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, White House
  • Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO, Box
  • Ted Maidenberg, General Partner, The Social+Capital Partnership
  • Rich Roth, Vice President, Strategic Innovation, Dignity Health

The winning team will receive a $100,000 investment in the form of a convertible note, one month of office space and mentorship from The Social+Capital Partnership, an opportunity to present their solution to Dignity Health’s leadership as a potential pilot project, and marketing and sales support from Box.

Some of our semi-finalists will also be with us at the HIMSS trade show this week where we are presenting our integration with Care Cloud. Come check them out! We look forward to announcing the winner in April!