Goodwin Procter served as legal mentor to the teams participating in the Rock Health Boston health-IT accelerator this summer. This was the first class that San Francisco-based Rock Health held in the Boston area, following two graduating classes from their San Francisco location.
Rock Health provides very early stage digital health companies with funding, office space and mentorship over the course of its accelerator program. The culmination of the Rock Heath Boston program, the Rock Boston Demo Day, took place in front of a packed-house at the Broad Institute in Cambridge last Friday, August 24, 2012.
The Demo Day began with a brief overview of the Rock Health program, complete with humorous photos of the Boston teams, by Sarah Pollet, Rock Health’s chief operating officer who ran the Rock Health Boston program. John Halamka, Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network and Professor at Harvard Medical School, then gave the keynote address, which focused on the benefits of the release of the final rules for meaningful use stage 2 for electronic health records. Next each of the seven teams, Home Team Therapy, Neumitra, NeuroTrack, NoviMedicine, Podimetrics, Reify Health and RxApps, gave a short (5-10 minute) pitch summarizing their technology, market opportunities for their technology and stating their needs (funding, partners, mentors or team members), which was followed by networking time with the teams.
The inaugural Rock Health Boston Demo Day introduced the community to start-up companies tackling a variety of challenges faced by the healthcare system and demonstrated the immense potential of digital health. We wish the Rock Health Boston 2012 teams the best of luck and look forward to hearing about their future successes.