BOSTON -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The LIVESTRONG Foundation has chosen the leading, free medical text-messaging platform—hippomsg—as a semi-finalist in its inaugural competition of innovators that are changing the way the world lives with cancer.
“We built hippomsg to help medical professionals communicate, especially about patients facing cancer and other complex illnesses,” said Dr. Alex Grilli, hippomsg co-founder and an otolaryngologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. “We’re honored that the LIVESTRONG Foundation has recognized the impact our messaging solution can have on the lives of cancer patients.”
LIVESTRONG’s Big C Competition is providing prizes and mentoring to ventures that ease the burden on cancer patients. hippomsg will compete this summer for one of 20 spots in the contest’s next round, the accelerator program.
“All 168 entries have the potential to be game-changers in improving the lives of people affected by cancer now,” said Heather Wajer, the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s vice president of marketing. “We’re so thrilled with the quality of the entries and are lucky to have so many entrepreneurs interested in helping cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.”
Always innovating, hippomsg is launching a significant update to its HIPAA-compliant platform on June 19 in Boston. The new platform will be even faster and allow medical professionals to share attachments.
“When faced with a cancer diagnosis, patients and their families often have to manage the coordination and communication among a variety of specialists. We want to lighten their load,” said Rahul Shah, hippomsg co-founder and an otolaryngologist at Children’s National Medical Center. “With hippomsg, providers can seamlessly communicate with surgeons, occupational therapists, nurses and patient advocates—no matter the geographic location or practice of the provider.”
The Big C Competition proceeds through several rounds and culminates on Sept. 29 in Austin, Texas, where five finalists will be invited to present their innovations during the Ride for the Roses weekend. Sixty ventures will receive a total of $140,000 in seed funding. The grand-prize winner will receive $25,000.
Grilli and Shah founded hippomsg in 2012 to bring medical care into the digital age by allowing healthcare professionals to communicate instantly and securely using their practices’ computers or their own mobile devices. The company’s leadership brings together six decades of experience in medicine with industry leaders in HIPAA compliance and technology.