Blueprint Health, Humana look to drive innovation at summer session

July 17, 2012 in Medical Technology

NEW YORK – Humana has partnered with New York-based accelerator program Blueprint Health to help spur the development of new and innovative healthcare IT projects.

Blueprint Health’s summer session, which kicked off on Monday, connects participants with other entrepreneurs, investors and executives. The program provides seed capital, office space and access to mentors with deep healthcare, start-up and technology experience, officials say. The organization aims to help fledgling health IT firms validate their business models, scale up, secure clients and raise capital.

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“Blueprint Health is focused on identifying partners who have a strong strategic fit with our mission and are interested in encouraging innovations in healthcare technology,” said Brad Weinberg, MD, Blueprint’s founder. “Partnering with Humana, a company focused on innovation, provides a great opportunity for our program participants. There was a natural connection between Humana and Blueprint Health’s goals to facilitate health and well-being through technological innovation.”

Humana will work as an integrated member of the program, reviewing candidates, and meeting with companies during the first week of the program and mentoring participants throughout. The partnership offers Humana an opportunity to work closely with the entrepreneurs and inventors of tomorrow, officials say.

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“We’re excited to partner with Blueprint Health to encourage creativity and innovation in the health care and well-being space,” said Shankar Ram, vice president of innovation at Humana. “At Humana, we believe we must employ a consumer-oriented approach to well-being. And as technology makes its way into more areas of our lives, we must turn to these advances in technology as agents of positive change and take healthcare into the future.”

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