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Blueprint Health’s latest class aims to cut costs through enhanced efficiency

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It’s an old saying that time is money, and the healthcare system wastes a lot of money as it spends a lot of time doing everyday tasks. As the U.S. continues to lead the world in hospital expenditures, the companies involved in health startup accelerator Blueprint Health’s Winter 2014 have a particular focus on saving healthcare institutions money by making these tasks more efficient.

This class, the health accelerator’s fifth, tackles hospital activities at a variety of points, from analyzing a patient’s readmission risk post-discharge to assisting first-responders with communicating to hospitals. The companies have big shoes to fill from the accelerator’s previous class: For example, Artemis is on track to do $2 million worth of revenue this year, and SpotMe has gained 400,000 users.

Meet the companies in the latest class:

BoardRounds – A platform that encourages healthcare providers to follow up with patients post-discharge by assigning a likelihood that the patient will be readmitted in the future.

Decisive Health – A treatment planning tool kit that enables people suffering from long-term illnesses to coordinate with customized, long-term health plans.

MediQuire – Offers performance metrics for clinicians to track efficiency and effectiveness, offering customized education for doctors in areas where they need work.

ProofPilot – An online platform that helps doctors conduct studies, including recruiting volunteers, engaging tests and tracking data.

PulseBeat – Offers a communication system between patients with long-term illnesses and caregivers that monitor their health via wearable technology and customizable SMS messages and emails.

RubiconMD – Facilitates asynchronous communication between primary physicians and specialists to help determine whether a patient needs specialized care.

Twiage – A mobile app that offers real-time information transfer between EMT/first responders and emergency rooms.

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