Making strides in mobile health care

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Perfect the bionic eye – check. 3-D-print other body parts – done. Cancer immunotherapy that empowers the immune system to fight cancer cells on its own – so close.

Technological advances have contributed to countless medical breakthroughs. Even the most imaginative of us are wowed by the concept of producing a fully functional bionic ear on a printer.

Yet, step out of exploratory labs and into the consumer-facing side of health care, and things sometimes seem less advanced. Many doctors still rely on fax or mail requests for medical records, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg in an industry where spending is expected to balloon to $4 trillion by next year.

At the Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, 10 startups from all over the world are working tirelessly to put the power of health care into the hands of its consumers. The Sprint Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is an intense three-month, immersive, mentor-driven program focused on health startups.

Last September, the Accelerator began accepting applications from tech-powered startups with innovative ideas to build the future of mobile health. It sought focused, well-rounded companies with strong, thoughtful ideas and an ability to execute.

The 10 startups selected are diverse: wearable fall-detection technology for seniors, an aggregate health-records app, a Doppler radar for sickness and a wearable health and activity monitor for dogs.

“Sprint could have easily locked 50 engineers in a room to build products for a changing landscape but instead elected to tap 50 entrepreneurs tackling the mHealth market in 10 completely different ways,” says Erik Wullschleger, general manager of the Sprint Accelerator.

“Sprint has always been a catalyst for change in how the world utilizes telecommunications, and we’ve always maintained our commitment to the community we call home.”