Innovation in Minnesota’s Medical Alley

It’s easy to focus on the shortcomings that currently exist in healthcare. Big data offers challenges and opportunities. So does predictive analytics. Despite the potential to improve, there’s already progress to showcase — especially reviewing startups and innovators operating in Minnesota’s Medical Alley.

The following regional companies or programs show promise applying digital health to the existing healthcare space. They offer examples for other businesses to emulate and build on. If these businesses are indicative of what’s to come, the complexity and reactivity present in healthcare today can only improve.

Be The Match — Formerly the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), Be The Match® manages the largest bone marrow registry worldwide, critical in pairing patients with compatible donors.

Zipnosis — The Minneapolis, MN company offers a 24/7 service to diagnose and treat common medical issues allowing users to complete a survey for $25 and receive a diagnosis from a clinician within an hour between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

FocusStart — The medical tech development incubator in Saint Paul, MN aims to reimagine what early stage medical device development looks like.

Optum — One of the world’s largest health tech companies and major investors in Minnesota startups maintains an office in Golden Valley dedicated to working with complex medical conditions.

StemoniX — The Eden Prairie startup developed a quick, low-cost process to grow and differentiate stem cells allowing for human testing before clinical trials occur.

Preventice — Since its beginnings in 2007 as a software company, Preventice has gained traction as a mobile health solutions provider in Minneapolis, MN and collaborated with the Mayo Clinic, Merck and Medtronic to develop remote patient monitoring systems.

Evolution1 — The Healthcare solution provider operates offices throughout the country, including Minneapolis and offers cloud-based payment software options intended to simplify the administration of HSAs, HRAs, FSAs, VEBAs, PRAs, wellness plans and transit plans.

Perkhealth — The Minneapolis-based wellness startup provides corporations an integrated wellness management solution to help employees sustain physical fitness.

Spōk — The Eden Prairie critical communications company provides a HIPAA-compliant, secure texting and alert system for teams working in Healthcare among other industries.

Walkasins — The Minneapolis, MN innovator developed the first sensory prosthesis that provides increased balance and mobility for elderly users through vibratory cues. An integrated software system analyzes the gait of the wearer and alerts providers of future falling events.

Hennepin Health — Hennepin Health, an initiative within the Metropolitan Health Plan, represents an award-winning regional example of population health management and offers Hennepin county residents access to medical, behavioral, health and social services.

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