In this video, Halle Tecco, co-founder of non-profit seed accelerator RockHealth, gives her elevator pitch about the company’s vision to shake up the world of healthcare. RockHealth is aimed at lowering the barriers for startups developing apps for the healthcare industry.


Fresh out of Harvard Business School’s class of 2011, Halle Tecco could have easily put on a power suit, nabbed a high-paying gig in investment banking or corporate consulting and put off non-profit work until her golden years.

Instead she founded RockHealth, a non-profit seed-accelerator program aimed at shaking up the world of healthcare by providing health-related tech startups with funding and support. Startups selected to participate in RockHealth will receive $20,000, mentorship, and connections to RockHealth’s medical partners, which include the Mayo Clinic and Cincinnati Childrens’ Hospital.

The US healthcare industry has been slow to embrace technology in a lot of ways, but more and more app developers and startups have been getting into the space. Research has shown that using more e-care could ultimately save the government billions of dollars in healthcare spending over the next 15-20 years, and the FCC and the FDA are working to clear the regulatory path to allow hospitals to use technology like smartphones in patient care. The FDA already monitors new health-related apps like iStethoscope to assure consumers that they’re safe. RockHealth aims to be an intermediary between its medical partners and small healthcare-related startups, using its connections to lower startups’ barriers to entry.

I recently sat down with Tecco so she could give GigaOM readers her elevator pitch:

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  1. Nick Hawkins Monday, April 18, 2011

    I’ll be paying attention to RockHealth. One of the things that will definitely help is the access to medical institutions. I do work in the medical space at a rival institution to Mayo, and I’m curious to see what will come of this.

    Plus brainy attractive women are always a plus.

    But one of the overall problems that I have with the Healthcare IT sector is that I believe that the medical apps (like EMRs) need to be treated like medical devices, complete with reporting of adverse effects to FDA’s MAUDE (usual personal/work disclaimers apply, etc.)

  2. I hope she succeeds!I have been in health care for almost 2 decades. I have seen and witness how frightened people in this field are of change technology brings, but with the resources and bright minds we have today there is plenty where high and bio tech will flourish to benefit us all around the world. I say let’s show them how easy, simple and cost effective the health care industry can really be in the US! Let’s just remember security must be TOP priority in all the aps to be created! Best of luck! Looking foward to using your creativity.

  3. George filinis Monday, April 18, 2011

    For sure this can be the way for countries like Greece that face crisis and the elimination of health costs are essential

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