The Smart Health Innovation Lab, which seeks to bring innovative health-care technologies to market faster, opened in downtown Lancaster last week.
The lab was developed collaboratively by Aspire Ventures, Capital BlueCross, Aspire affiliate Clio Health and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.
It will focus on assisting startups that offer technologies to improve outcomes, lower costs and enhance the experience of both the patient and provider.
“Technology startups often have difficulty getting their products integrated into clinical workflows,” said Dr. Michael Ripchinski, physician executive for quality at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.
“Our certification process will ensure that these innovations work well for the health-care team and drive exceptional value and quality outcomes for the patient,” he said in a prepared statement.
Plan for the lab were unveiled in March 2017.
The Smart Health Innovation Lab occupies 16,000 square feet on the second floor of the Wells Fargo building, 100 N. Queen St. The lab’s founders declined to disclose the cost of the lab.
Startups selected to participate in the lab will work in a variety of simulated care environments in order to demonstrate and sharpen the efficacy of their technologies.
These settings include a hospital room, physical therapy gym, clinician’s office, self-service kiosk and home.
Upon successful completion of the 12-week program, technologies will receive Smart Health certification, entry into partnering health systems and a path to payor reimbursement.
The first two startups selected to go through the lab, picked from more than 30 finalists, are Montreal-based Emovi and Philadelphia-based NeuroFlow.
Emovi, a medical device company, has developed a knee-assessment device named the KneeKG. The device provides views of the knee in 3D while the patient is moving and putting weight on the joint, allowing for faster, cheaper and more accurate diagnosis of knee problems.
NeuroFlow, a mental health technology startup, optimizes mental wellness and patient engagement between clinical sessions. It provides reminders and rewards for patients to perform mental-health exercises and uses wireless sensors to measure relaxation and stress levels during the exercises.
Other health-care startups also demonstrated their technologies during the Smart Lab open house.