5 Burlington Startups to Watch

Given Vermont’s reputation for snow sports and miles of mountains, one might expect the Green Mountain State to be full of startups that live up to it.

That expectation is true; but it’s not the end of the story.

Take Burlington, for instance. The state’s largest city is home to several interesting startups, in fields ranging from space systems to yoga and meditation services.

Here are five Burlington-based startups to watch:

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Healthcare IT News: HIPAA-compliant text messaging helps doctors, patients with care and recovery

Mel Viney, MD, is a hospitalist with emergency room responsibilities at Artesian Valley Health System and is on the front lines of the opioid crisis. He treats patients addicted to opioids every day.

One such treatment includes the prescription of Suboxone, a narcotic medication used to aid recovering addicts with the symptoms of withdrawal from opiates. The medication is used as a form of detox, where patients ultimately are weaned from the Suboxone so they are drug-free.

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TechCrunch: A Prescription for Healing the Healthcare Industry

Some of the biggest opportunities to improve the world exist in healthcare. The more smart people we entice to work on these problems, the better our world will be. Winning in healthcare can be building a billion-dollar company, while also tangibly improving and saving lives.

OhMD — a HIPAA-compliant texting app — is intelligently targeting their marketing efforts towards residents, the youngest and most innovative thinking of all doctors. Eventually they or someone has the potential to grow into a full scheduling platform for residents. The big picture here is getting residents to love your software and then expand to other functions throughout the hospital (doctor to doctor messaging, patient to doctor messaging, nurse scheduling, etc.).

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AllYouCanTech: He Took His Last Business From $1.5M to $10M/Year Helping Doctors. Now He Wants to Change Healthcare Communication

Meet Vermonter Ethan Bechtel, internet entrepreneur since 2000 and founder of healthcare text messaging platform OhMD.

Hello Ethan! Thanks for chatting with AllYouCanTech. Can you please introduce your company to our audience?
OhMD makes healthcare communication simple. We believe that improved communication improves patient outcomes while making physicians and healthcare providers more efficient and better at what they do.

The OhMD app on iOS, Android, and Web is free, and enables doctors to text message with each other in a secure/encrypted way. It also allows patients to text message with their practices with that same level of security. Regulations like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) require software solutions to adhere to a certain set of guidelines to protect patient privacy, so OhMD was designed to be easiest to use HIPAA compliant texting app for healthcare.

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Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review: Solving the Interoperability Crisis in Healthcare with Consumer Tech

On June 15, 2017, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced that the FDA is preparing to launch a Digital Health Innovation Plan.

The DHIP will resolve some of the ambiguity that exists regarding how the FDA approaches new technologies, allowing innovators to invest their time and resources more wisely. This is an exciting development in digital health because strong, safe health tech software will now have a quicker path to market.

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HealthIT Security: Utilizing Secure Texting for Efficient, Simple Communications

Maintaining HIPAA compliance in provider-to-patient communication and even in physician-to-physician communication is critical, which is why secure texting has increased in popularity.

With technology evolving, organizations cannot afford to compromise PHI through SMS texting or an unsecured email. However, covered entities also desire a simple and efficient way to transfer information that does not hinder daily workflow.

athenahealth, Inc. recently partnered with OhMD to utilize the secure texting platform in the athenahealth More Disruption Please (MDP) program.

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Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review: Health IT Key Notes

OhMD, a HIPAA-compliant texting platform, joined athenahealth’s ‘More Disruption Please’ program.

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mHealth Times: OhMD Partners with athenahealth’s ‘More Disruption Please’ Program to Bring Secure Texting to Patients and Physicians

OhMD, a HIPAA-compliant texting platform for patients and healthcare professionals, announced a partnership with athenahealth, Inc. through athenahealth’s ‘More Disruption Please’ (MDP) program. As part of the athenahealth® Marketplace, this newly integrated application is now available to athenahealth’s growing network of more than 99,000 healthcare providers for more efficient communication between patients, colleagues, and other healthcare professionals through secure text messaging.

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Modern Healthcare: Engaging with patients to keep them happy and healthy

OhMD integrates with EHRs and is a secure texting platform for both patient-provider and provider-provider communication. “We view texting as far and away the preferred platform for communication these days,” said Amelia Coleman, vice president of business development for OhMD. “This is going to become second nature for providers across the board.”

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