Eleven digital health companies join the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator

Cedars-Sinai Accelerator new class

Eleven digital health companies from across the United States and Europe have been accepted to the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator. Said companies are innovating solutions for a wide variety of healthcare challenges — from the way hospitals count inventory and schedule staffers to products such as a smart brace for knee replacement patients.

“It’s exciting to see our innovation community grow with each new class of companies, and these founders and their teams bring a remarkable breadth of backgrounds and experiences,” Anne Wellington, managing director of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to seeing how our fifth class transforms care at Cedars-Sinai and beyond.”

Teams from each company will spend three months in Los Angeles working closely with Cedars-Sinai mentors — including doctors, researchers and administrators. The Cedars-Sinai Innovation Space was designed to maximize interaction among the startup teams and is directly across the street from the medical center. In addition, all companies accepted into the program receive a $100,000 investment from Cedars-Sinai.

At the conclusion of the three-month program, CEOs will share their progress with an audience of investors, mentors, potential customers and members of the news media at Demo Day.

The new Cedars-Sinai Accelerator class includes:

AMPAworks has developed a small cube that fits on any shelf and uses image recognition to count inventory as well as provide a real-time video feed of the count.

ClinicianNexus provides a platform which is described as an “Airbnb for clinical rotations,” allowing health systems to assess and share their capacity to teach, filling in the who, what, when and where on the platform.ClinicianNexus is already working with 60 hospitals and 100 schools and has nearly 10,000 students signed up.

Feedtrai offers a simple patient survey prior to discharge that takes mere seconds to complete. Its clients, 36 healthcare providers in five countries, report they are receiving an increase in feedback as well as more actionable insights.

FocusMotion Health is all about assessing and monitoring orthopaedic patients before and after surgery. The company’s smart knee brace as well as an app and dashboard platform can capture how much a patient walks and exercises; it also measures a patient’s range of motion and flexibility for 20 exercises and sends the data to the medical provider. The company’s first product, the TKR Recovery System, is aimed at patients undergoing total knee replacement.

Hawthorne Effect has developed a virtual platform to track each patient’s data in a clinical trial. The company also trains investigators to visit patients in their homes to certify data and keep patients engaged. The data is then transferred via a secure database platform to the principal investigators. The result is lower patient withdrawals, more complete data collection and improved patient experience in clinical trials.

Health Note aims to simplify the process of documenting every physician-patient interaction. The company developed a simple-to-use platform that patients sign into before a physician appointment. The platform asks all the questions a physician would normally ask at the start of a visit. The information is then formatted into a physician’s note and sent to the medical record system.

Lantum‘s workforce management platform helps hospitals easily schedule their staff. Staff also can log into the platform to book and swap shifts, negotiate rates and complete time sheets. Lantum also can arrange for next-day payments. Lantum is already in use with 2,000 healthcare organizations and 20,000 healthcare professionals in the U.K.

Notisphere is a digital platform that allows suppliers to announce recalls and also provides real-time communications between product suppliers and healthcare providers. The company was created by Guillermo Ramas who has 20 years of experience in healthcare technology.

OMNY‘s platform facilitates real-time data sharing to allow hospitals to better align the supply of a drug with the demand for it, significantly reducing cost and waste. The company’s partners include big pharma, biotech and hospital systems.

Parker Isaac Instruments has created a tissue-separation instrument which automatically isolates lymph nodes from the surrounding fat, resulting in higher lymph node yields. Once separated, the nodes are studied under a microscope to detect the spread of cancer. The instrument was piloted in a community hospital in upstate New York and is currently being tested in the Cedars-Sinai Pathology Lab.

Virti employs virtual and augmented reality coupled with artificial intelligence to transport physicians and students into difficult clinical environments. For example, Virti can virtually place physicians in stressful environments like an emergency department dealing with a traumatic event. Following the experience, Virti then assesses participants to help improve their performance. It also helps reduce patient anxiety by creating virtual hospital experiences for patients, taking them on the journey from the parking garage to the operating room. Virti is currently in use in medical and nursing schools as well as healthcare simulation centers in the U.S. and U.K.