By Julian Steinforth, Expedition PR
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Health 2.0 hosted the NYC Pilot Day 2014 to showcase startups that receive parts of the $1,000,000 in Pilot Health Tech funding. The concept is simple: early-stage health tech companies are piloting new technologies with healthcare providers and other stakeholders from across New York City’s five boroughs. They test new healthcare technologies with these partners. This approach not only helps to validate the market potential of early-stage companies in New York, it also helps NYC healthcare providers improve the quality of their care and lower operational costs.
The following companies are some of the 2014 winners who presented at the event:
1. Canopy introduced the Canopy Medical Translator App which improves patient provider communication and workflow and, ultimately, patient satisfaction. With over 25 000 non-English speakers in New York City this translator app was designed to provide medical information through all language barriers.
2. Hindsait partnered with the NYC Blood Center to tackle the problem of the lack of blood donations in minority communities. In the pilot Hindsait will use artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to score prospective donors’ probability of donating. In addition Hindsait will provide a communications platform with culturally tailored and score-sensitive messaging to increase the numbers of donors.
3. Nonnatech aims to enable home stay care for the elder population and reduce the need to transfer to hospitals and nursing homes for all-around care. Through different kind of sensors, Nonnatech has the ability to monitor potential health issues such as Urinary Tract Infections, Sleep Apnea, Dehydration and Depression. The technology also enables to monitor side effects to medications, sedentary behavior and changes in activities of daily living such as eating or sleeping.
4. Alvio by QoL, winner of the Cannes Lions Award, introduced a new way of lung function testing. QoL Devices partnered with The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore to test its new product Alvio, that improves asthma care. While common lung function testing instruments scare children and are not fun to use, Alvio created a game changing device. With a wireless Bluetooth Low Energy Controller, which is connected to the iPad, children can be tested and train their lung function through mobile games controlled by breathing.
The Pilot Day 2014 revealed astonishing innovations in the health tech industry. To find out more about the Pilot Health Tech New York Program go to www.pilothealthtechnyc.com/ and all the 2014 winners are listed here.