Amazon on Wednesday announced its selection of 10 startups for the 2022 AWS Healthcare Accelerator, a program that will provide companies with technical and business mentoring from experts with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and KidsXdigital health accelerator by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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Applications to the program were open to any startups “focused on increasing access to health services, addressing the social determinants of health, or using data to promote equitable and inclusive systems of care.”
As part of the program, startups will receive mentoring from AWS and KidsX, up to $25,000 in AWS Computing Credits, and the opportunity to collaborate with AWS Healthcare customers, industry leaders, and members of the AWS Partner Network.
After evaluating each startup in the program, companies will develop a curriculum with technical training and an overview of cloud architecture. Companies will then experiment with AWS technologies to learn more about cloud architecture, operations and data.
Startups in the program will also have the opportunity to collaborate with AWS healthcare customers, including Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Massachusetts General Brighamand Philips.
The 10 startups selected for this year’s program
Amazon selected 10 startups from more than 250 applicants, evaluating each applicant based on a variety of factors, including the innovativeness of their solution, product-market fit and health equity impact.
“We’re casting a very wide net,” said Jeff Kratz, AWS general manager of global partners, programs and public sector sales. “Health equity is such a necessary area for practical solutions.”
The selected startups for this year’s program are:
- Clinify Healtha value-based care delivery company providing clinical decision support to Medicaid managed care and health care provider organizations serving vulnerable and low-income individuals
- ClosedLoop.aia healthcare data science platform that has developed an automatic machine learning engine with a healthcare content library aimed at rapidly delivering accurate and explainable predictive models
- CognitiveCarewhich developed an AI-powered machine learning solution that quantifies maternal health risks to help pregnant patients and babies
- Harmony healthan engagement platform aimed at optimizing the intersection between community-based organizations and sponsors
- Kineticwhich provides products and API solutions to the healthcare transportation industry
- Pairs teamthat connects underserved communities with high-quality health care
- Samaritana support platform that aims to help homeless people find housing and achieve their health goals
- SameSky Healthwhich identifies disparities and barriers to care for underserved patient populations using analytics
- Vincere Helloprovider of smoking cessation and engagement services to vulnerable, low-income populations
- Zócalo Helloa virtual family medicine platform aimed at connecting Latin American patients with primary care
Kratz said the idea behind the accelerator program is to help improve the health of underserved communities, which can lead to savings for the health care system.
“Many of the acceleration-to-market efforts currently focus on either the technology or the business – we actually offer the best of both,” he said. “In areas such as [artificial intelligence] and machine learning, how do you price your solution? We help on ideas ranging from cash flow topics to ensuring they meet, exceed and understand their commitment to HIPAA compliance and the security that needs to be done proactively.”
Kratz added that AWS “provides the tools and access from the smallest startups to the largest healthcare institutions to hospitals and clinics and more, which is revolutionizing the healthcare market.”
“Health care inequities are a major problem around the world, and addressing these disparities is a complex challenge that no one organization can solve alone,” said Shakib Ahkter, senior vice president and CIO at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “To remove geographic, demographic and socioeconomic barriers to care and ensure that data is collected and analyzed fairly, the healthcare industry must collaborate and apply technology and data in new ways. By working with the AWS Healthcare Accelerator, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hopes to be part of the solution.” (Kratz, AWS Public Sector Blog, 8/31; Bruce, Review of Becker’s Hospital, 8/31; Glyadkovskaya, Cruel health care8/31)