Welcome!

Cloud Expo Authors: Jerry Melnick, Liz McMillan, Michelle Drolet, Elizabeth White, Kevin Benedict

News Feed Item

Healthbox and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Host Boston Innovation Day

Ten startups took the stage yesterday, showcasing their innovative approaches toward creating better health care outcomes to investors, sponsors, and mentors. Healthbox and its anchor partner, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), selected these ten companies in August to participate in a rigorous three-month accelerator program based in Cambridge, MA. As part of the day, event attendees voted on which company they thought presented the most creative solution for an industry need. The company with the most votes received an additional $25,000.

“During the past twelve weeks, our accelerator partnership with Healthbox has built a community of more than 100 business leaders who have provided the ten entrepreneurs with intensive support to develop and launch their health care innovations,” said Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO of BCBSMA. “These promising businesses have already created new jobs and have great potential to change how we provide quality, affordable health care.”

The ten companies that presented their progress to hundreds of leading health care executives and investors are:

  • Aavya Health: created a web-based tool that transforms laboratory tests into rich, dynamic tools to help patients achieve meaningful insight into their health and motivate healthy behaviors.
  • Abiogenix: developed the uBox, an intelligent pillbox that reminds, records and restricts when patients take their medication. The information is transmitted wirelessly to the cloud where it is analyzed for third parties including care circles, physicians and payers.
  • Bon’App: will be the new standard for nutritional information. The easy to access iPhone and web-based application allows consumers to easily understand calories, sugar, salt and bad fat within food.
  • GeckoCap: designed a cap that goes on an asthma inhaler that will be utilized as a platform to improve poor pediatric asthma adherence. The smart tool reminds children, sends tracking to parents and informs clinicians with usage data.
  • Gweepi Medical: developed the Smart Brief system, which streamlines incontinence management by placing a sensor in the diaper, reducing direct and indirect costs for a skilled nursing facility.
  • Healthy Delivery: established an online service that curates balanced, nutritious meal options and allows users to select a week’s worth of meals utilizing a proprietary algorithm to adhere to users’ preferences and restrictions. The food for the meals is delivered to the consumer’s doorstep.
  • iQuartic: uses proprietary analytics to provide delivery systems with accurate insights into quality benchmarking, value-based payment optimization and chronic disease management.
  • Smart Scheduling: applies data analytics to physician office records to enable administrators to optimize daily appointment scheduling, improving provider productivity.
  • Uprise Medical: designed iPad applications that curate existing patient education content, allowing physicians to administer customized education at the point of care and track adherence.
  • Yosko: an iPad-based, single-login physician portal that connects to and integrates with different EMRs to improve efficiency and achieve better outcomes.

At the end of the event, Healthy Delivery was presented with the $25,000 Healthbox Innovator Award, voted on by Innovation Day attendees, for demonstrating that their solution was the most creative approach to solving a large industry need.

“Healthbox is honored to support ten startups that are truly tackling the critical issues in health care,” said Nina Nashif, Founder and CEO of Healthbox. “Due to the support of our anchor partner, Blue Cross, and our strategic partners, Express Scripts, HLM Venture Partners and Long River Ventures, these ten companies have made significant progress in three months and are better poised to have a tremendous impact on the healthcare industry.”

In addition to the company pitches, the following panels of health care experts provided insight into how provider effectiveness, health and wellness and patient engagement are driving innovation:

  • Provider effectiveness: Michael Sachs, Chairman and CEO, Sg2 and Tom Hawkins, Medical Director Health Informatics, BCBSMA, discussed approaches to encourage hospitals, doctors and other clinicians to deliver more efficient, coordinated care while improving quality outcomes.
  • Health and wellness: Gigi Fioravanti Lyons, Senior Program Manager Wellness Strategy, BCBSMA and Andrew Sykes, Chairman, Health at Work, discussed the innovations in promoting and maintaining healthy behaviors.
  • Patient engagement: Alexandra Drane, Founder, Chief Visionary Officer and Chair of the Board at Eliza Corporation and Devorah Klein, Principal at Continuum, discussed breakthroughs in the process to empower patients to take control of their own care.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (www.bluecrossma.com) is a community-focused, tax-paying, not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Boston. Celebrating our 75th anniversary in 2012, we are committed to working with others in a spirit of shared responsibility to make quality health care affordable. Consistent with our corporate promise to always put our 2.8 million members first, we are rated among the nation’s best health plans for member satisfaction and quality.

About Healthbox
Healthbox is a platform for innovation in the healthcare industry. Our three-month accelerator program finds great companies and passionate healthcare entrepreneurs and helps them grow their businesses by providing seed capital, access to a broad and diverse network of mentors, topical forums, strategic guidance and an organized Innovation Day. Learn more about the Healthbox Boston companies at our website: www.healthbox.com.

About HLM Venture Partners
HLM Venture Partners (http://www.hlmvp.com/) is a leading venture capital firm providing capital to emerging companies focused on health care service, health care information technology and medical devices. HLM has over $400 million of venture capital under management and works with the leading growth companies that are improving the quality of health care while reducing overall costs. HLM supports entrepreneurs as they turn innovative ideas into market-leading businesses, offering guidance on financial structuring, resource allocation and deployment, strategic planning, strategic introductions, and recruitment. HLM has offices in Boston, MA, and San Francisco, CA.

About Long River Ventures
Long River Ventures was formed by a group of experienced entrepreneurs and venture investors. Over the past decade the firm has established a reputation as a value added investor with an extensive portfolio of seed and early stage companies in healthcare, IT, and other technology-driven sectors. Long River is designed and structured to make smaller initial investments than typical for a venture capital firm, with initial funding often in the $250,000 to $1MM range. Long River Ventures is currently investing out of its third fund, with offices in Amherst, Worcester and Boston. For more information, visit www.longriverventures.com.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Cloud Expo Breaking News
More and more enterprises today are doing business by opening up their data and applications through APIs. Though forward-thinking and strategic, exposing APIs also increases the surface area for potential attack by hackers. To benefit from APIs while staying secure, enterprises and security architects need to continue to develop a deep understanding about API security and how it differs from traditional web application security or mobile application security. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Sachin Agarwal, VP of Product Marketing and Strategy at SOA Software, will walk you through the various aspects of how an API could be potentially exploited. He will discuss the necessary best practices to secure your data and enterprise applications while continue continuing to support your business’s digital initiatives.
Web conferencing in a public cloud has the same risks as any other cloud service. If you have ever had concerns over the types of data being shared in your employees’ web conferences, such as IP, financials or customer data, then it’s time to look at web conferencing in a private cloud. In her session at 14th Cloud Expo, Courtney Behrens, Senior Marketing Manager at Brother International, will discuss how issues that had previously been out of your control, like performance, advanced administration and compliance, can now be put back behind your firewall.
Next-Gen Cloud. Whatever you call it, there’s a higher calling for cloud computing that requires providers to change their spots and move from a commodity mindset to a premium one. Businesses can no longer maintain the status quo that today’s service providers offer. Yes, the continuity, speed, mobility, data access and connectivity are staples of the cloud and always will be. But cloud providers that plan to not only exist tomorrow – but to lead – know that security must be the top priority for the cloud and are delivering it now. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Kurt Hagerman, Chief Information Security Officer at FireHost, will detail why and how you can have both infrastructure performance and enterprise-grade security – and what tomorrow's cloud provider will look like.
The social media expansion has shown just how people are eager to share their experiences with the rest of the world. Cloud technology is the perfect platform to satisfy this need given its great flexibility and readiness. At Cynny, we aim to revolutionize how people share and organize their digital life through a brand new cloud service, starting from infrastructure to the users’ interface. A revolution that began from inventing and designing our very own infrastructure: we have created the first server network powered solely by ARM CPU. The microservers have “organism-like” features, differentiating them from any of the current technologies. Benefits include low consumption of energy, making Cynny the ecologically friendly alternative for storage as well as cheaper infrastructure, lower running costs, etc.
The revolution that happened in the server universe over the past 15 years has resulted in an eco-system that is more open, more democratically innovative and produced better results in technically challenging dimensions like scale. The underpinnings of the revolution were common hardware, standards based APIs (ex. POSIX) and a strict adherence to layering and isolation between applications, daemons and kernel drivers/modules which allowed multiple types of development happen in parallel without hindering others. Put simply, today's server model is built on a consistent x86 platform with few surprises in its core components. A kernel abstracts away the platform, so that applications and daemons are decoupled from the hardware. In contrast, networking equipment is still stuck in the mainframe era. Today, networking equipment is a single appliance, including hardware, OS, applications and user interface come as a monolithic entity from a single vendor. Switching between different vendor'...
Cloud backup and recovery services are critical to safeguarding an organization’s data and ensuring business continuity when technical failures and outages occur. With so many choices, how do you find the right provider for your specific needs? In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Daniel Jacobson, Technology Manager at BUMI, will outline the key factors including backup configurations, proactive monitoring, data restoration, disaster recovery drills, security, compliance and data center resources. Aside from the technical considerations, the secret sauce in identifying the best vendor is the level of focus, expertise and specialization of their engineering team and support group, and how they monitor your day-to-day backups, provide recommendations, and guide you through restores when necessary.
Cloud scalability and performance should be at the heart of every successful Internet venture. The infrastructure needs to be resilient, flexible, and fast – it’s best not to get caught thinking about architecture until the middle of an emergency, when it's too late. In his interactive, no-holds-barred session at 14th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, will dive into how to design and build-out the right cloud infrastructure.
You use an agile process; your goal is to make your organization more agile. What about your data infrastructure? The truth is, today’s databases are anything but agile – they are effectively static repositories that are cumbersome to work with, difficult to change, and cannot keep pace with application demands. Performance suffers as a result, and it takes far longer than it should to deliver on new features and capabilities needed to make your organization competitive. As your application and business needs change, data repositories and structures get outmoded rapidly, resulting in increased work for application developers and slow performance for end users. Further, as data sizes grow into the Big Data realm, this problem is exacerbated and becomes even more difficult to address. A seemingly simple schema change can take hours (or more) to perform, and as requirements evolve the disconnect between existing data structures and actual needs diverge.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SherWeb, a long-time leading provider of cloud services and Microsoft's 2013 World Hosting Partner of the Year, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 14th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. A worldwide hosted services leader ranking in the prestigious North American Deloitte Technology Fast 500TM, and Microsoft's 2013 World Hosting Partner of the Year, SherWeb provides competitive cloud solutions to businesses and partners around the world. Founded in 1998, SherWeb is a privately owned company headquartered in Quebec, Canada. Its service portfolio includes Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Dynamics CRM and more.
The world of cloud and application development is not just for the hardened developer these days. In their session at 14th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, and Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, will pull back the curtain of the architecture of a fun demo application purpose-built for the cloud. They will focus on demonstrating how they leveraged compute, storage, messaging, and other cloud elements hosted at SoftLayer to lower the effort and difficulty of putting together a useful application. This will be an active demonstration and review of simple command-line tools and resources, so don’t be afraid if you are not a seasoned developer.
SYS-CON Events announced today that BUMI, a premium managed service provider specializing in data backup and recovery, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 14th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Manhattan-based BUMI (Backup My Info!) is a premium managed service provider specializing in data backup and recovery. Founded in 2002, the company’s Here, There and Everywhere data backup and recovery solutions are utilized by more than 500 businesses. BUMI clients include professional service organizations such as banking, financial, insurance, accounting, hedge funds and law firms. The company is known for its relentless passion for customer service and support, and has won numerous awards, including Customer Service Provider of the Year and 10 Best Companies to Work For.
Chief Security Officers (CSO), CIOs and IT Directors are all concerned with providing a secure environment from which their business can innovate and customers can safely consume without the fear of Distributed Denial of Service attacks. To be successful in today's hyper-connected world, the enterprise needs to leverage the capabilities of the web and be ready to innovate without fear of DDoS attacks, concerns about application security and other threats. Organizations face great risk from increasingly frequent and sophisticated attempts to render web properties unavailable, and steal intellectual property or personally identifiable information. Layered security best practices extend security beyond the data center, delivering DDoS protection and maintaining site performance in the face of fast-changing threats.
From data center to cloud to the network. In his session at 3rd SDDC Expo, Raul Martynek, CEO of Net Access, will identify the challenges facing both data center providers and enterprise IT as they relate to cross-platform automation. He will then provide insight into designing, building, securing and managing the technology as an integrated service offering. Topics covered include: High-density data center design Network (and SDN) integration and automation Cloud (and hosting) infrastructure considerations Monitoring and security Management approaches Self-service and automation
In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, David Holmes, Vice President at OutSystems, will demonstrate the immense power that lives at the intersection of mobile apps and cloud application platforms. Attendees will participate in a live demonstration – an enterprise mobile app will be built and changed before their eyes – on their own devices. David Holmes brings over 20 years of high-tech marketing leadership to OutSystems. Prior to joining OutSystems, he was VP of Global Marketing for Damballa, a leading provider of network security solutions. Previously, he was SVP of Global Marketing for Jacada where his branding and positioning expertise helped drive the company from start-up days to a $55 million initial public offering on Nasdaq.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 14th Cloud Expo, Marc Jones, Vice President of Product Innovation for SoftLayer, will explain how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.