NEW YORK – The New York City Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with HITLAB, have announced the third class of the Digital Health Breakthrough Network, an initiative for startups to pilot their products with end-users and strengthen their connection to New York City’s health care and technology sectors.
HITLAB is an innovation and teaching lab dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of health care worldwide.
The third class of startups are developing technologies such as virtual reality-based coaching platforms and scheduling coordination technology to streamline medical services. Companies include: Altopax, which provides specialized virtual reality behavioral health teletherapy; Navimize, which uses innovative technology to streamline scheduling between various physician’s offices and hospitals; Tatch, which develops wireless biometric patches that diagnose sleep apnea and other chronic sleep disorders; and PainQx, a cloud-based software that measures bodily pain levels.
The Digital Health Breakthrough Network is part of a portfolio of initiatives launched by NYCEDC to support life sciences and health care ecosystems based in New York City. Selected startups in the program are able to pilot their previously lab tested technologies with clinical partners and patients around the city. The pilots are designed to provide startups with comprehensive data that will help them improve their products and pitches to investors.
“NYCEDC is focused on creating good-paying, accessible jobs in industries with the greatest potential for growth,” said James Patchett, NYCEDC president and CEO, in a statement. “That includes investing in digital health startups that will create jobs, solve global medical challenges and strengthen New York City’s position as a global hub for health care technology.