Patient IO Wins Innovation of the Year


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Top Winners Honored with Future of Care Awards at Luncheon Benefitting Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas

Patient IO, an Austin company working to improve how people manage their personal health through mobile technology, received the Ascension Seton Innovation of the Year Award for its trailblazing health application.

“Patient IO allows patients and their caregivers to be on the same page, which enhances health outcomes,” Christann M. Vasquez, president of Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas and University Medical Center Brackenridge, said.

“It makes it easier for patients to follow up on doctor’s orders. And the beauty of Patient IO’s solution is that no matter what system each doctor’s office or hospital is using, they can talk to each other,” Vasquez said.

Founded in March 2013, Patient IO is led by chief executive officer and co-founder Jason Bornhorst. It employs 13 people and is based in Austin’s Seaholm Power Plant building.

The winner was selected from among 10 companies named finalists for Ascension Seton’s The Future of Care: Healthcare Innovation Awards. A field of 85 applicants responded to Seton’s call for entries and submitted their solutions toward solving one of health care’s most difficult challenges: communication.

Recently, Ascension Seton, University of Texas at Austin and Central Health established a nonprofit to develop the eastern part of downtown Austin as an innovation district connecting their health care practice and research with established businesses and enterprising start-ups. The goal is to spur innovation in health care and other sectors.

“Ascension Seton is at the heart of solving real human problems in health care. As the largest caregiver in Austin’s future Innovation Zone, Ascension Seton will be where collaborators physically come together to explore how to care for people in the best manner possible,” Kristi Henderson, Ascension Seton vice president of Virtual Care and Innovation, said. “But in order to succeed at the highest level, the partnership must engage with entrepreneurs to rethink health care and imagine a different – and far better – future.”

Patient IO was honored at the Future of Care: Innovation Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel, which raised more than $375,000 for Dell Ascension Seton and the Ascension Seton Innovation Fund. Additional winners include:

  • Rallyhood, a community collaboration platform which organizes social support around patients during any health care journey.
  • Kanega, a stylish watch designed by UnaliWear. This is the first all-in-one, voice-controlled device designed to keep people safe, while living independently. It provides fall detection, emergency help, “guide me home” assistance, voice-activated directions and medication reminders.
  • VSee’s Cloud Clinic, a secure way for providers to see patients online, offering a complete online medical office for telemedicine video visits. It includes self-scheduling, visit notes, and ePay. VSee is the only video chat on the International Space Station – it’s how astronauts see their doctors.

The four top companies were selected by a panel of judges including entrepreneurs, consultants, physicians, academicians and investors. The 10 finalists were featured in a pre-luncheon showcase where company representatives demonstrated their innovative products and services.

Prizes include mentorships and work sessions with clinical teams, innovation leaders and subject matter experts.

The other six finalists and their products are:

  • Chartpath, offered by Afoundria. Chartpath is a mobile, all-in-one clinical charting and billing tool that helps care physicians accurately capture patient information, saving everyone time and money.
  • Aunt Bertha, an online, easily searchable database for patients in need and their health care providers. The program identifies free and reduced-cost social programs providing food, housing, transportation and other resources.
  • Patient Dashboard, a visual tool by Decisio Health. Created by clinicians, this device provides critical patient data to clinicians at the bedside to prevent medical errors.
  • ePatientFinder, an online platform which allows physicians to learn about new treatment options, including clinical trials and recent FDA approvals. The tool connects patients with cutting-edge treatments.
  • Humm, which provides a platform, via tablet or kiosk, to capture on-site patient feedback for health care providers so they can react and improve patient experience in real-time.
  • ViSi Mobile, a system from Sotera Wireless that allows continuous surveillance monitoring for rapid intervention through early detection when a patient’s condition worsens.

With help of generous donors to a $50 million capital campaign already under way, Ascension Seton and its parent organization, Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health care system, are building the $310 million Dell Seton. Working with Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and Central Health, Travis County’s public health care district, Ascension Seton is developing a new system for integrating health care delivery locally.