With a new era of health care on the door step and more than three out of four consumers unaware of the role of the 2012 tax return on their health care coverage next fall, H&R Block and early-stage business incubator and startup accelerator, Think Big Partners, created Hackovate Healthcare 2013. The competition is designed to identify innovative mobile, online, social and other applications that help consumers navigate the new healthcare landscape.
Over 130 applicants applied Hackovate Health and eCaring is proud to be selected as one the six alternates for the competition. The alternates submitted business plans that stood out among all other submissions.
The top 10 finalists are:
- Anant Vinjamorri, Aavya Health (Boston, MA, USA)
- Tami Hutchison, eLuminate Health (Kansas City, MO, USA)
- Liam Ryan, GetHealth (Dublin, Ireland)
- Scott Speranza, inAssist Health Management Solution (Torrance, CA, USA)
- Asher Hasan, NAYA JEEVAN REJUVENATE: Transformation Healthcare for the Uninsured (New Life) (Karachi, Sind, PAK)
- John McCluskey, OkCopay, Inc. (Seattle, WA, USA)
- Matthew Kafka, ReMARK Health (Kansas City, MO, USA)
- Karan Srivastava, SHHADE (Miami, FL, USA)
- Jug Stanovcic, HealthPlan Select by Strenuus (Overland Park, KS, USA)
- Chrys Sullivan, My Healthcare Reform Guide by eXperient Interactive & Useagility (Kansas City, MO, USA)
The six alternates are:
- Shilpa Tiwari, CareDock (Malvern, PA, USA)
- Shantanu Pathak, CareMother (Mumbai, Maharashtra, IND)
- Melody Wilding, eCaring (New York, NY, USA)
- Narcisse Mbunzama Lokwa, e-InsuranceConnection.com (Kinshasa, Kinshasa 11, COD)
- Ryan Beckland, Healthspire by Motivation Science (Durham, NC, USA)
- Vishal Arora, textMEd (Cambridge, MA, USA)
“There are significant financial considerations for millions of consumers under the new healthcare rules, including who qualifies for subsidies,” said Bill Cobb, President and Chief Executive Officer of H&R Block. “Technology-based innovation has the potential to address many of the consumer-based financial implications that stem from the rollout of the new healthcare law.”
The Hackovate Health innovation competition yielded submissions from 11 different countries and 22 different states. The Finale will take place on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, in the Union Station Extreme Screen in Kansas City, Missouri. At the Hackovate Finale, the top 10 finalists will present to a panel of judges including Kush Saxena (H&R Block), Anna Haghgooie (Sandbox), Rachel Hack (Google), David Edwards (Cerner) and more.
Visit Hackovate Health to learn more about the 10 finalists and 6 alternates selected for the competition and to view a live streaming broadcast of the finale event.