March 6, 2019
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Women's Health Moonshot

Moonshot Progress: Women’s Health

Being born a woman shouldn’t be a health risk factor. But in much of the world, it is. For too long, women have suffered under an unequal power paradigm, and it’s compromised the quality of healthcare they receive. At StartUp Health our global army of Health Transformers is building a global Women’s Health Moonshot. The mission: Close the gender gap and widen the aperture on the definition of women’s health, moving beyond the current litmus test — sexual and reproductive health — to a standard of living well.

This week, in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, we spotlight several of our female Health Transformers and stories of progress from our Women’s Health Moonshot:

Sally Poblete, Wellthie

Meet Sally: the Woman Modernizing Health Insurance Shopping for Small Businesses

A former insurance industry exec, Sally Poblete founded Wellthie to transform the health insurance shopping experience for small businesses and individuals. StartUp Health sat down with the digital disruptor to talk about the barriers to entry for small- and mid-sized businesses looking to offer insurance options to their employees and about Poblete’s own challenges along her entrepreneurial journey.

Karen Drexler, Sandstone

Karen Drexler Is Revolutionizing Centrifugal Tech & Opening Doors for Women in Business

When Karen Drexler, CEO of Sandstone Diagnostics, isn’t working to advance in-home centrifugal tech and opening up point-of-care testing, she’s championing female entrepreneurs. StartUp Health sat down to talk with her about her path to entrepreneurship, her lightbulb moment with Sandstone, and the hurdles she’s faced as a female founder.

Jane Metcalfe,

Wired Co-Founder on Creating the Future We Want to See

Jane Metcalfe, CEO and Wired Ventures Co-Founder, chats with StartUp Health’s Steven Krein in a Fireside Chat, "How Do We Get There..." at the 2019 StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco, California.

Judith Nowlin, Babyscripts

Stories of Transformation in Maternity Care

Judith Nowlin, Chief Growth Officer at Babyscripts, and Dr. Kelly Leggett from Cone Health share stories about how Babyscripts is saving lives and helping to ensure healthy pregnancies.

Janne Pylväs, Myontec

Addressing Occupational Health’s Pain Points

Janne Pylväs is a Health Transformer in Finland that is coming at workplace safety from a new angle - inside your clothes.

Aubrey Jenkins, inHealth Medical Services

High Tech + High Touch Weight Loss

Health Transformer Aubrey Jenkins takes her brick-and-mortar weight loss program online to scale it for thousands of employer groups.

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StartUp Health @ SXSW

In two days, StartUp Health kicks off a series of moonshot updates and roundtable conversations at SXSW, linking up with Energizing Health + Novartis Biome to create a home base for health innovation. Connect with us at one of the events listed here and follow us online.

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Nominations Open for the 4th Annual Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards

Do you know someone solving today’s big healthcare challenges? Heritage Provider Network and Crain’s Custom are recognizing innovators who are making a measurable and impactful difference for patients in all areas of healthcare. The fourth annual Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards are open to individuals and organizations of all sizes. The deadline to nominate is Mar 22.

StartUp Health Partnership Workshop

Are you a health startup founder passionate about changing the world? Sign up for our next Partnering With StartUp Health Workshop on Apr 10 to chat with Unity Stoakes and the rest of the StartUp Health Team about what it means to join our global army of Health Transformers. Start by completing a 10-Minute Mindset Audit now.


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Trend Watch: Stories Shaping Digital Health

We saw over $45M in innovative health funding this week, including Colorado-based NextHealth Technologies ($17M), Maryland-based Real Time Medical Systems ($9.2M), and New York-based Rightway Healthcare ($8M).

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Stories to Watch

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eHealthcare Strategy & Trends

6 Trends in Digital Health That Are Booming in 2019

StartUp Health Companies in the News

Fahad Aziz, CTO and Co-founder of Caremerge, Lived With His Customers for 3 Months Before Starting a Company. You Should Learn From It.

Penn Medicine and Babyscripts Partner to Develop Postpartum Hypertension Solution
MedCity News

CareLinx Acquires Optimal Aging From Providence St. Joseph Health

Episode 315: Victor Penev, CEO at Edamam: Eating Better and Living Better
Outcomes Rocket

BreathResearch Select as a Winner in the Connected Patient Challenge Sponsored by Boston Scientific and Google

Titans of Tech Startups Winner: HealthTechApps Inc.
Pacific Business News

Welch Road Imaging Integrates RamSoft PowerServer RIS/PACS With openDoctor
Imaging Technology News

Healthcare AI Startups Based in Pittsburgh: RC21X
Made in PGH

Welwaze Is a Finalist in the Lyfebulb-Helsinn Innovation Award in Cancer

Introducing the Grand Central Tech 2019 Class: Particle Health

Mental Health Among Boys and Men: When Is Masculinity Toxic? Henry Health Is Available to Help.
Psychology Today Weighs in on Jobs That Artificial Intelligence Should Never Take Over (and Why)

Julota Elects Public Safety Thought Leader Scott Cravens as CEO
EMS World

Zeel Celebrates Employee Appreciation Day With New Wellness Offerings for American Workplaces
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openDoctor Partners With Zwanger Pesiri for Real-Time Patient Online Scheduling

Patient Engagement at the Forefront of openDoctor Partnership With Steinberg Diagnostic
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