Wireless Health Innovators…“Where are they now?”


Nominations open next week for the 2012 TripleTree I Award, our annual recognition of innovations in wireless health.  Messaging from new market entrants to physicians, payers, and most notably consumers is fueling a strong venture capital appetite, and looking back at the I Award finalists since 2009, we thought it was useful to list a few notable accomplishments.

Public Markets
Epocrates – The first mobile healthcare company to successfully go public in early 2011 raising $86m

Airstrip Technologies – Received an undisclosed amount of funding from Sequoia Capital

IntelliDOT – Raised $30m+ from leading investors including Psilos Group, TPG Growth, Camden Partners, Integral Capital Partners, J.F. Shea Ventures, Menlo Ventures and American River Ventures

Proteus Biomedical – Raised $25m from Medtronic, Novartis, and ON Semiconductor Corp

TelaDoc – Raised $18m from Cardinal Partners, HLM Venture Partners, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, New Capital Partners, and Trident Capital

FDA Approval
Calgary Scientific – ResolutionMDTM  after 23 months received 510(k) clearance from the FDA

Telcare – Wireless blood glucose meter received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its device, Telcare BGM

CellTrak Technologies – Expanded into Canada through its acquisition of MedShare mobile technology for home health care

Healthagen – Patient access software to providers acquired by Aetna

Since TripleTree’s I Award inception in 2009, one company has gone public, one has been acquired, numerous rounds of funding have been raised, multiple FDA approvals granted, and some businesses have scaled nicely.  As the market continues to mature and awareness and user adoption grow, questions loom…

  • Is “connected health” on the verge of a breakout?
  • Are wireless health solutions the answer for reduced healthcare costs and improved quality of care?
  • Will innovation be driven by non-traditional healthcare vendors (ie device vendors and mobile service providers)?
  • How are the ramifications of reform influencing innovation?

As we consider these questions, a few key indicators are influencing the market:

  • Four out of five physicians use smartphones, computer tablets, and other mobile devices (Jackson & Coker industry report)
  • More than $600m has been invested in the wireless health space since January 2010
  • 89% of healthcare decision makers believe telehealth will transform healthcare in the next 10 years (Penn Schoen Berland Study)

Below is the honor roll of past I Award finalists.  Look for more information from TripleTree in the coming weeks as the nomination process commences and we plan for the WLSA Wireless Health Convergence Summit scheduled for May 22-24 in San Diego.

2011 Finalists


Wearable body monitoring device

Cambridge Temp Con*

Wireless physiological monitor for infertility

Cardiocom –

Clinical telehealth services


Mobile diabetes management system


Patient access software to providers


Mobile ultrasound imaging system

Palomar Pomerado Health

Real-time mobile software patient electronic health information


Touch-screen mobile tablet


On-demand patient access solution to ERs and urgent care


Wireless bloodglucose meter


Mobile medication adherence

Wound Technology Network

Telehealth- based wound services


2010 Finalists

AirStrip Technologies

Mobile patient information

Calgary Scientific*

Medical imaging

CellTrak Technologies*

Homecare with GPS cell phones


Critical care patient monitoring

Great Connection

Mobile imaging communications


Motivational self management tools


In-building wireless solutions


Retinal camera


Physician and patient care communication


Pharmacy brand protection solutions

Zeo, Inc.*

Sleep monitoring

ZMQ Software Systems

Sustainable development


2009 Finalists

BeWell Mobile

Disease management applications via text messaging on cell phone

CellTrak Technologies

Homecare automation with GPS cell phones


Health information transparency in partnership with AllOne Mobile


Rx Drug and formulary reference


Jitterbug; simple cell phone with 24-hour live service


Workflow manager connecting caregivers with information systems


Mobile wireless health monitoring


Continuous glucose management system


Passive weight management platform

Proteus Biomedical*

Electronically observed therapy platform


Patient flow management applications

Triage Wireless

Wireless telemetry/vital signs monitoring

*Denotes I Award Winner

Joanna Roth
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