The INVEST Digital Health conference Pitch Perfect competition from September 21-25 had some intense competition between the healthcare startup participants. In all, 20 companies took part in the contest which spotlighted startups in the following categories: Chronic Conditions and Value-Based Care; Tech to Improve Payer/Provider Efficiency; Employee Benefits; and Home Health. But after finalizing the judges’ scores, we can now announce the winners across each of the tracks.
Home Health: AireHealth
AireHealth is a virtual respiratory care company offering an in-home solution for at-risk, vulnerable, respiratory populations that can significantly improve outcomes, lower costs and reduce hospitalizations.
CEO: Stacie Ruth
Headquarters: Winter Park, FL
Judges: Cheryl Cheng, General Partner, BlueRun Ventures; Austin Duke, Ph.D., Senior Venture Associate, UnityPoint Health Ventures; Marlon Evans, CEO, Nex Cubed
Chronic Disease and Value-based Care: Limbix
Limbix is building prescription digital therapeutics to treat adolescent mental health disorders. Its first product, Limbix Spark, is an app designed to treat adolescent depression, a leading cause of disability in youth and a serious public health.
CEO: Ben Lewis
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
Judges: Christine Brocato, System Vice President for Strategic Innovation, CommonSpirit Health; Parth Desai, Principal, Flare Capital; Matthew Warrens, Managing Director, Innovation, UnityPoint Health Ventures
Tech to Improve Payer/Provider Efficiency: Itiliti Health
Itiliti Health focuses on inefficiency and waste associated with the health industry Prior Authorization (PA) process. Its translates payer medical policy details into a structured database to enable real time queries to determine policy requirements. its product also matches clinical data to the specified requirements to determine if a prior authorization is required.
CEO: Michael Lunzer
Headquarters: Eden Prairie, MN
Judges: Amit Aysola, Managing Director, Wanxiang Healthcare Investments;
Ashish Patel, Principal, Optum Ventures; Eileen Rodgers, VITAL Program Director, Highmark Health
Employee Benefits: CareTribe
CareTribe is an AI powered digital platform that supports the dynamic needs of family caregivers and their loved ones.
CEO: Jeff Jacques
Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA
Judges: Jennifer Hartt, Director of Investments, Health & Digital Health, Ben Franklin Technology Partners; Joel Nelson, Vice President of Innovation, UnitedHealthcare; Michael Yang, Managing Partner, OMERS Ventures
Note: Because of a conflict of interest with one of the judges, the winning company’s score reflects the average score from two of the three judges.
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