2017 Featured Healthcare Innovation Projects in MN

2017 Featured Healthcare Innovation Projects in MN


This year on Monday, February 6th, 300 registered attendees gathered at Worrell Design to hear 25 members of the startup community share their pitches and forecast the direction of Minnesota healthcare entrepreneurship in 2017. You can also watch the video, here.

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Bright Health

Who Presented: Derek Chin, Twitter: @myBrightHealth, @Learned_Chin

Bright Health is a new type of insurance carrier motivated to form a more connected partnership with consumers and healthcare stakeholders. This year the Minneapolis-born startup launched in the Denver market after raising 80 million in Series A funding. They plan to launch in three additional markets this year.


Sherpa Health

Who Presented: Sam Moen

Created to reduce unnecessary patient spend in ACO’s, the Sherpa Healthbundled payment pilot program leverages clinical data to recognize patient risk factors and enable patient interventions with clinicians.



Who Presented: Cathy Skinner, Twitter: @thrivors, @SkinnC

Cathy Skinner founded Thrivors after cancer visited her house with the announcement of her father’s diagnosis 20 years ago. Described as a “new standard for survivorship care” Thrivors offers virtual coaching and virtual care for cancer survivors including exercise, nutrition, mindfulness and community engagement.


Livio Health Group

Who Presented: Adam Moen, Twitter: @thatmhg
Livio Health Group offers urgent, scheduled and chronic care as a lower-cost alternative to brick-and-mortar treatment. Livio recently closed a seed round totalling $1.2 million and currently serves 1,000+ patients a month. Through observation completed by the team, they have seen a significant reduction in emergency room claims filed by healthcare consumers using Livio. The group hopes to expand into two markets by the end of 2017.


Dose Health

Who Presented: Paul Hines, Twitter: @doseanywhere

Dose Health offers a smart pillbox designed to monitor medication adherence through deep integration with users’ smartphones. An alarm sounds at preset intervals during the day alerting users to take their medication — making Dose Dispense especially useful for patients with cognitive decline. Family members can also receive notifications that pills were taken, taken late, or missed. The brand has seen 97% adherence across devices and served 5,000 dispenses, as reported February 6.



Who Presented: Jim Ball

InjectSense employs MEMS technology and rice-sized active implantables to measure and transmit physiological data to monitor and provide therapy. The group is currently designing its first device intended for the management of open angle glaucoma.


Molly Fuller Design

Who Presented: Molly Fuller

Molly Fuller, the namesake leading Molly Fuller Design, is combining design-thinking with deep pressure therapy to create a line of stylish, weighted compression garments to assist wearers with autism and sensory processing needs. A prototype is currently under development with a local manufacturer.


Aucta Technologies

Who Presented: Daniel Romo, Twitter: @AuctaTech

Aucta Technologies is creating a medical device built to simulate neurons with ultrasound waves as a scalable solution for use in the treatment of diabetes and obesity. The group remains a few short months away from a human test round in South America.


Marbles App and Analytics

Who Presented: Adam Moen, Twitter: @GetMarblesApp, @thatmhg

Marbles offers users free peer-to-peer mental health support — especially relevant in an age where wait times at counseling centers are increasing, and young adults spend more time online, disconnected from live social activity. The platform provides a cost-effective mental health engagement solution for universities, employers, insurers and beyond. It can be used to improve health, performance and engagement through more targeted mental health interventions. Currently, 800 conversations have been completed via the application, and 38,000 unique data points on users have been gathered.


Featured Entrepreneur: Jared Sieling

ChanlHealth pulls data from a variety of consumer health apps and wearable devices used by patients, and creates summary reports that can be shared with your doctor care team in a clinical setting. They are currently partnering with health professionals who want to deliver the most informed care to their clients. They will help you get setup and integrate ChanlHealth into your workflow, adding as little overhead as possible.


Who Presented: Katrina Anderson, Twitter: @ClinicanNexus, @kAnderson610

ClinicianNexus helps nurse practitioner (NP) and physician assistant (PA) students match with clinical rotations and track their work histories. By matching students with meaningful learning experiences, the industry can build a better workforce. ClinicianNexus signed its first partner in California a few weeks ago and is currently seeking its first Minnesota partner.


Personal Resource Finder, HCMC

Who Presented: Andrea Brown, Twitter: @andreatbrown

The innovation team at Hennepin County Medical Center is developing a self service tool allowing underserved residents to access a community resource database rather than relying on social health professionals to provide information. The effort is designed to move care upstream and empower residents.

The MVP is currently being validated with a smaller needs and resources related to food security. Planning to expand into additional categories, the group also hopes to connect the tool with users’ EMRs to make care teams aware of relevant social determinant information.


MEI Research

Who Presented: John Shade

Offering a mobile back-end as a service, PiLR Health provides startup medical device companies with an easy-to-deploy program that allows them to monitor and influence subject usage of their device(s) and forward the data to a cloud computing environment for analysis.


Ignite Idea Accelerator

Who Presented: Dakota Crow, Twitter: @Dakotacrow9

Designed to help users develop seed concepts into vetted, prototype-level plans, the Ignite Idea Accelerator was built to help Optum and partner companies innovate more efficiently by providing tools, training, coaching and connections.


Homecare Timesheet

Who Presented: Andre Best, Twitter: @AndreBestMN

The Homecare Timesheet was created to provide a more cost-effective, electronic timekeeping and visit verification system for homecare service workers. The system also includes features to help address the DSP staffing shortage in Minnesota.


Biophysical Modeling

Who Presented: Jim Rogers

Using BioPhysical System Dynamics (BPSD), project leaders have delivered significant improvements in patient care, staff productivity, and financial performance. The team started by addressing anemia. To date, the seven-year project has driven down operating costs by a factor of 2.5 and has been used to serve approximately 200 patients.


Carrot Health

Who Presented: Won Chung, Twitter: @carrot_health

Carrot Health enables providers, payers, and other insurers to stop following conventional wisdom and begin discovering what motivates behavior in real patients. Carrot Health offers solutions for each group — from Community Health Needs Assessment to risk adjustment.


Delve Health

Who Presented: Wessam Sonbol, Twitter: @DelveHealth, @wsonbol

Delve Health provides a medical intelligence tool created to better inform researchers, doctors and scientists. Built using natural language processing, it explores millions of publications, clinical trials and medical data in pursuit of more intelligent care.



Who Presented: Meghan Sharkus, Twitter: @expressionmed

ExpressionMed creates designed adhesives for diabetic care. By holding wearable medical devices in place for 7 days without fraying or peeling, ExpressionMed adhesives lower the need for device re-application and decrease time spent managing care. By offering unique designs, ExpressionMed encourages users to share their personal style and take back control in an area of their life where they may feel like they have less.

To date, 75 trials have been completed across the country. ExpressionMed has launched a line of adhesives for infusion sets, and the company will begin a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding in February. ExpressionMed is seeking hospitals willing to explore co-branding initiatives.



Who Presented: Patrick Delaney, Twitter: @workflowsml

Workflows leverages small data to help organizations find cost- and time-saving efficiencies. The group works with information including and beyond account, machine and operational sources. Workflows then defines how sensors and connected devices can help automate any redundancies or steps.


Treatment.com, Inc.

Who Presented: John Fraser, Twitter: @johndfraser

Treatment.com helps doctors generate diagnoses faster and more accurately leveraging breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Using MERLIN, the group’s AI engine, doctors can quickly generate a real-time ranked list of potential diagnoses based on a patient’s current symptoms, past health records and other data from health partners including wearable tech and pacemakers.

MERLIN has been loaded with 1,000+ signs and symptoms along with 5,000+ diseases. The engine uses automated reasoning built from the experience and knowledge of millions of patient encounters, medical research and data streams from clinical partners, or ‘CareNodes’.


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