The company received $100,000 from The Social+Capital Partnership to
bring personalized patient engagement solutions to health care
Dignity Health, Box, and The Social+Capital Partnership today announced
WelVU as the winner of their developer challenge, which called for
innovative health applications that will revolutionize the way
physicians and hospitals educate patients. An honorable mention for most
innovative patient education use case was also awarded to CirrusHealth.
The contest, which kicked off at the Health 2.0 conference in October
2013, invited developers to build applications on the Box platform to
help patients consume and interact with educational content related to
their diagnosis, disease, or surgical procedures. Judges for the final
round of the challenge included:
Aneesh Chopra, Former U.S. chief technology officer, White House
Ted Maidenberg, General Partner, The Social+Capital Partnership
Aaron Levie, CEO and co-founder, Box
Rich Roth, Vice President, Strategic Innovation, Dignity Health
As the winner of the challenge, WelVU received a $100,000 convertible
note, a bond that can be exchanged for equal cash value, and one-month
office space and mentorship from The Social+Capital Partnership.
Additionally, WelVU will be featured in the Box
Apps Marketplace, receive marketing and sales support from Box, and
have the opportunity to propose the product or solution to Dignity
Health’s leadership as a potential pilot project.
“Throughout the past six months, we’ve seen a number of impressive
health care applications all designed with a common goal – to improve
patient care with cutting edge technology,” said Rich Roth, vice
president of strategic innovation. “We’re proud to support this
initiative with Box to help companies like WelVU bring their ideas to
life and drive technology advancement in health.”
“Patient engagement is the Holy Grail in healthcare. Providers are
looking for new ways to get patients more engaged around their health
status and patient education is a core piece of this puzzle," said Missy
Krasner, Managing Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences, Box.
“Through this challenge, our goal was to get developers to leverage
hosted content on the cloud so that patient education could be
continuous, extending to all moments of influence with patients, and
accessible on any device at any time.”
is a cloud-based patient engagement platform that allows healthcare
providers to create and prescribe fully customized, patient-specific
educational videos during appointments that capture personalized
clinical data, medical illustrations, custom images, and verbal
“By leveraging Box's collaborative platform, we were able to showcase
WelVU’s personalized patient engagement solutions to meet the forward
thinking vision of Dignity Health, one of the most trusted, innovative
health systems in the country,” said Mark Friess, CEO and Founder of
WelVU. “At WelVU, we are passionate about empowering patients with
customized health information from their chosen healthcare provider that
leads to improvements in patient understanding, satisfaction, cost, and
outcomes. We are honored and excited to be recognized as the winner of
Box and Dignity Health received more than 150 applications, which were
narrowed down to five semi-finalists and one honorable mention in
February 2014. The remaining semifinalists were:
Wellbe: Wellbe’s Guided CarePaths help hospitals improve the
experience and efficiency of patients with their medical treatments
CirrusHealth: A next generation, patient-centered transition-of-care
platform developed by the neurosurgical team at Lenox Hill Hospital,
part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The first product is a
virtual office visit and patient discharge solution.
GenieMD: Personal health management application that helps people
track vitals, store medical records, and other health data, manage
medications, and remotely monitor the health of a loved one. Blue
Button Plus integration allows users to easily collect their medical
records from multiple providers.
LyfeChannel: Mobile programs for chronic patient care that translate a
physician’s instructions into patient action. This helps patients
build better lifetime habits for diet, activity, and drug adherence.
Conversa Health (Honorable Mention): A platform that enables
physicians to gather structured feedback on patients’ progress and
outcomes through “digital checkups” between visits.
To learn more about the challenge, the semifinalists and winner, please
About Dignity Health
Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems, is
a 21-state network of nearly 11,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and
more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational
care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing
compassionate, high-quality and affordable patient-centered care with
special attention to the poor and underserved. In 2012, Dignity Health
provided $1.6 billion in charitable care and services. For more
information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org.
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Founded in 2005, Box provides a secure content sharing platform that
both users and IT love and adopt. Content on Box can be shared
internally and externally, accessed through iPad, iPhone, Android and
Windows Phone applications, among others, and extended to partner
applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite and Salesforce. Headquartered
in Los Altos, CA, Box is a privately held company and is backed by
venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners,
Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, General Atlantic,
Meritech Capital Partners, NEA, Scale Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture
Partners, and strategic investors salesforce.com and SAP. To learn more
about Box, visit www.box.com.
About The Social+Capital Partnership
The Social+Capital Partnership ("Social Capital") is a partnership of
philanthropists, technologists and capitalists utilizing venture capital
as a force to create value and change on a global scale. The Partnership
is based in Palo Alto, California and is on the web at s23p.com.