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2015 Pilot Funding Winners

AgeWell Global LLC / Henry Street Settlement

AgeWell is a peer-to-peer care model is designed to improve well-being and promote health outcomes among older adults. In the pilot, AgeWelll will test its model with 30 of Henry Street Settlement’s clients in order to reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

Bluestream Health / Jewish Home Lifecare

Bluestream Health brings remote expertise into the context of care delivery. This Pilot implements the Bluestream Platform at Jewish Home’s 106th St. Skilled Nursing Facility, bringing remote expertise to the bedside to prevent avoidable readmissions and ER visits.

Blue Mesa Health / Mt. Sinai Hospital

Blue Mesa Health has developed a platform to help prediabetic patients lose weight through technology and health coaching. In their pilot, Blue Mesa will distribute their platform, connected scales and activity trackers to 200 Mt. Sinai employees to reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

InGen (Innervation + Genioglossus)Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Sleep Medicine

InGen (Innervation + Genioglossus) and the Weill Cornell Medical College’s Center for Sleep Medicine have partnered to conduct a pilot study of targeted genioglossal strengthening on obstructive sleep apnea. The innovation is a promising alternative to existing treatments that many patients find uncomfortable and difficult to comply with.

Quality Reviews, Inc. / Mount Sinai Health System

Quality Reviews’ product, RateMyHospital®, is a HIPAA-secure, patient relationship management platform that enables healthcare provider organizations to measure, manage, and improve the patient experience in real-time via mobile devices. Quality Reviews is piloting the system with Mt. Sinai and will track patient satisfaction as the host implements service improvements at 2 facilities.

RecoverLink / Mount Sinai Hospital

Using RecoverLink’s advanced algorithms, Mount Sinai hospital will be able to “virtually observe” heart failure patients at their homes in order to identify negative health behaviors, provide early intervention when necessary and course-correct risky behaviors before a readmission occurs. This pilot will determine the cost-savings, efficiency and overall satisfaction with RecoverLink versus the current standard of care.

RubiconMD / Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

RubiconMD is a web-­based platform that allows primary care providers to send patient cases to specialists for quick e-­consults. In the pilot, all Callen-Lorde providers will have access to RubiconMD to submit unlimited consults to top specialists when they need it. RubiconMD will collect data on the impact of these interactions and work with Callen-Lorde to quantify the impact on improved clinical outcome and avoided unnecessary costs and wait times.  

SensaRx, LLC / Hebrew Home at Riverdale

SensaRx’s SafeWander Button Sensor is a secure way to alert caregivers when their patients rise from their beds thus, enabling them  to provide a timely response and to monitor their patients. Their pilot with Hebrew Home at Riverdale will demonstrate the effectiveness of the SafeWander Button sensor in preventing residents’ falls and reducing response time to falls at night.

Sodium Analyte Level Test LLC (S.A.L.T) / Weill Cornell Medicine

S.A.L.T, in conjunction with the Weill Cornell Clinical & Translational Research Center, seeks to pilot a smartphone-based device measuring daily salt intake to enable self management of hypertension for 150 patients over the next 6 months. The S.A.L.T device provides a direct physiological measurement of salt intake at home, once a day, and without physician oversight.

TweeQ LLC / VillageCare

TweeQ combines an easy-to-use patient app that personalizes and motivates home exercise, with a platform that allows therapists to track compliance and gather feedback. In light of new reforms to bundle payments physical therapy, TweeQ and VillageCare will test the ability of their technology to maximize quality outcomes for improving functional gains while minimizing cost to Medicare.

Yosi, Inc. Healthfirst

Yosi is a cloud-based mobile patient check-in and communication platform that helps patients manage their care across various providers, improving patient experience, access to preventive healthcare and provider workflow efficiencies.

Prizes and Perks

$1,000,000 in total awards are available to winners through 2018, plus workshops, recognition, and a major conference demo available to select winners. 

In addition to finding for pre-sale pilot projects, winners also receive the following:

  • In-kind donation of services or resources from your Healthcare Partner or Company, including staff hours, IT resources, physician input, access to data as well as other costs associated with the pilot.
  • Pilot planning and implementation support from the program organizers, NYCEDC and Health 2.0.
  • Be invited to Grantee Day, an exclusive event for winners of the program, where Hosts and Innovators receive additional mentorship, enjoy networking and benefit from PR assistance and legal advice. Grantee Day helps winners ready their pilots for launch, with expert speakers providing guidance on measurement, evaluation and other best practices.
  • For select winners, the opportunity to be featured on the main stage of Health 2.0's Fall Conference in front of 2,500 leaders in digital health.

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2015 Timeline


  • Launch – Tuesday, September 8, 2015
  • Find a Pilot Partner Applications Due – Thursday, October 8, 2015
  • Notification of Match – Monday, October 19, 2015
  • Matchmaking Sessions – Wednesday, October 28, 2015
  • Informational Webinar (online) – Wednesday, November 4, 2015
  • Funding Program Q&A Webinar - Thursday, December 3, 2015
  • Deadline for Funding Program – Friday, December 18, 2015
  • Judging Period – January 2016
  • Pilot Day – Wednesday, February 17, 2016


  • Pilot planning and implementation: March 2016 and onwards
  • Grantee Day – Friday, April 1, 2016

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2015 Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by an expert judging panel using six key criteria and weights listed below:

  • Pilot Proposal & Design (25%): Includes the quality of the pilot concept, feasibility, potential for success and ability to meet all milestones, cost-effectiveness, sustainability and scalability of the pilot to a broader population in the long term
  • Innovator company’s product potential (20%): Includes innovativeness of technology product, capabilities and potential for commercial success
  • Strength of Match (10%): How well the Healthcare Partner and Company fit together
  • Pilot Budget and Scale (10%): Includes the efficiency, completeness and realism of the pilot’s budget. The Pilot Health Tech NYC organizers value a diversity of pilots by size and type
  • Potential for health impact (10%): Includes the potential impact on critical health care needs
  • Potential of Impact of NYC (25%): Includes the potential impact on the creation of NYC-based healthcare technology jobs. This includes existing jobs or plans for presence in NYC with regards to the number of employees, office space, or potential for growth. The highest scores will be reserved for companies that submitted a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties that will lead to a commercial contract, if certain pilot metrics are met.

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2015 Expert Judges

Milena Adamian, Director at Life Sciences Angel Network

Deborah Estrin, Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech

Richie Etwaru, Chief Digital Officer at IMS Health

Richard Forman, Managing Partner at Health Venture Group

Jeff  Frey, ‎IT Director of Digital Experience at MD Anderson

Vivek Garg, Director of Medical Operations at Oscar

Tina Joros, Business Development at Allscripts at Allscripts

Lexie Komisar, Business Development Lead  at IBM Watson

Andy Krackov, Sr. Program Officer at CHCF

Craig Lipset, Head of Clinical Innovation at Pfizer

Cecil Lynch, CMIO at Accenture

Jeff Makowka, Director, Market Innovation at AARP

Sandeep Patel, Open Innovation Manager at US Department of Health and Human Services

Todd Pietri, General Partner at Milestone Venture Partners

Erik Pupo, Managing Director, North America Clinical and Health Management Services at Accenture

Mitesh Rao, Co-Director, Center for Innovation & Scholarship at Stanford HealthCare

Jeffrey Ries, Manager at Intermountain Innovation Fund

Elizabeth Rounsavall, Director, Research & Analytics at Chrysalis Ventures

Sonia Samagh, Director, Innovation and New Market Transformation at DaVita Partners

Shahid Shah, Chairman at HealthIMPACT

Jason Sibley, Director at GE Ventures

Susan Siegel, GE Corporate Vice President and CEO, healthymagination GE at GE healthymagination

Bryan Spielman, EVP Strategy and Corporate Development at Medidata Solutions Worldwide

Tamara St.Claire, Chief Innovation Officer at Xerox

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