Healthbox Expands Healthcare Innovation Ecosystem into South Florida

Ten Newest Innovative Companies Coming to Miami

MIAMI--()--Healthbox is pleased to announce the brand new class of innovative companies for its upcoming Miami Studio, to be kicked off Wednesday, May 6, at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College. Healthbox selected the companies through a rigorous, competitive process in collaboration with anchor partner GuideWell, the parent company of Florida Blue. Together they selected these ten companies based upon potential impact on care delivery and further advancement of Florida's innovation and economic ecosystems.

Through its partnership, GuideWell and Healthbox are rotating the program across Florida with Miami as the new location for 2015. This is the first Florida program using the new Healthbox Studio model and builds upon its successes over the past three years across the state.

“South Florida has a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, and we have an exciting group of startups joining us for this studio,” says Florida Blue South Florida Market President Penny Shaffer. “These include five companies already based here and others from out-of-state, each recognizing that Florida is a dynamic and growing health market. GuideWell is committed to innovative new solutions, which empower consumers, improve health outcomes and provide economic growth.”

The ten companies will debut at a reception tomorrow, May 6, at Tuyo Restaurant, located at the Miami Dade College Culinary Institute. "We are excited to have the opportunity to work with some very talented entrepreneurs addressing significant challenges in healthcare through our new model. Helping these companies build scalable businesses is our key priority," says Maria Siambekos, Vice President at Healthbox.

In addition to its anchor partnership with GuideWell, other community sponsors will provide support and guidance for the companies during the eight-week program. These include the Lake Nona Institute out of Orlando, the Health Foundation of Florida and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Overview of the Ten New Companies

Avatar DSS – provides the ability to dynamically, and in real-time, simulate multiple treatment options for a particular disease, assess the results of the simulations and determine the optimal approaches for a particular patient.

EHR Works - helps providers manage information; its platform puts providers in control of how they interoperate with technology, giving them easy access to clinical information and better workflows.

HealthCentrix - helps healthcare consumers successfully complete their plan of care when they leave the clinical setting, providing patients with a mobile health assistant that works with providers to execute, monitor and evaluate the completion of the care plan.

Hindsait – uses artificial intelligence software that leverages historical data and clinical algorithms to enable clinicians and managers to quickly flag requested patient services that are likely to be unnecessary.

iCare Intelligence - produces highly focused and actionable dashboard reports that serve as population health and risk management solutions.

Keet - helps patients and physical therapists manage complex therapy programs. For therapists, they save them time building custom treatment plans and deliver them relevant data on the patient experience. For patients, they give them an easy to follow roadmap for success.

Tesser Health – provides a suite of products to improve patient engagement through chronic condition management, smart triage tools and medication adherence.

Transformair – is a technology that completely destroys air pollutants, converting them into trace amounts of water and carbon dioxide. This eliminates the triggers of asthma, allergies and sickness in the air.

Sensentia – works to reduce the cost, and improve the effectiveness, of the healthcare system, through automation, unlocking access to information for both consumers and providers through a new genre of natural-language self-service tools.

Symptify – creates a virtual doctor visit, using a patent-pending, algorithmic engine to help users narrow the causes of their symptoms, find the closest place to get care and give a heads-up when going to a facility.

About Healthbox

Healthbox is the preeminent source of healthcare innovation and drives actionable collaboration between inventors, entrepreneurs and the healthcare industry. Our studio programs offer serious entrepreneurs the candid, unparalleled healthcare industry access and insight needed to succeed in a complex marketplace. We also partner with leading healthcare organizations to advance a culture of idea generation, business creation and external collaboration. With operations in Boston, Chicago, Florida, Nashville, Salt Lake City and London, Healthbox is building a strong, global community dedicated to driving change in healthcare. Healthbox has a portfolio of more than 75 active companies and strategic partnerships with more than 30 healthcare organizations. For more information, visit

About GuideWell

GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation is a not-for-profit mutual holding company that is the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care. The GuideWell companies include: Florida Blue (Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan), GuideWell Health (a health care delivery company), GuideWell Connect (a health care consumer marketing company), and Diversified Service Options (an administrative and claims processing company for state and federal health care programs). For more information, visit


Joanna Weinhold, 312-228-4669


Joanna Weinhold, 312-228-4669