By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
The healthcare industry is overdue for improvement, from tracking expenses to mobilizing health-minded services with new technology. Health startups are being incubated and accelerated by organizations like Rock Health and Startup Health. In fact, PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition finalist Wendy Nguyen, CEO and co-founder of HealthyOut, is being incubated by Blueprint Health in New York this winter/spring.
Here are six women entrepreneurs disrupting healthcare as we know it today – by using new technology to improve healthcare as we know it:
Ann Scott Plante (Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Wello)
Former Bain & Co. consultant and Stanford Business School alumna Ann Scott Plante co-founded Wello to combine the in-gym experience with the best of in-home workouts, raising $1M seed funding in November 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnScottPlante.
Jane McGonigal (Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, SuperBetter)
Designer of alternate reality games designed to improve lives and solve problems, Jane McGonigal co-founded SuperBetter, a game that helps you achieve life goals, or recover from an illness or injury, by increasing personal resilience. Follow her on Twitter at @avantgame.
Kathy Bellevin (Head Of Product & Co-Founder, Wildflower Health)
Harnessing user-centered design and technology to deliver products for smarter healthcare decisions, Kathy Bellevin heads product at Wildflower Health, using analytics to deliver insights and improving treatment and cost-management. Follow her on Twitter at @bellevin.
Leah Sparks (Co-Founder & CEO, Wildflower Health)
With over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, Leah Sparks co-founded Wildflower Health, a mobile-focused digital health platform that helps identify and address health risks throughout pregnancy, with personalized actions integrated with employee benefits.
Leslie Silverglide (Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Wello)
After launching and selling the eco-gourmet restaurant chain Mixt Greens, Leslie Silverglide co-founded Wello, an online marketplace connecting consumers with fitness professionals over two-way video for workout sessions. Follow her on Twitter at @lglide.
Wendy Nguyen (CEO & Co-Founder, HealthyOut)
Pitching live on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference, PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition finalist Wendy Nguyen co-founded HealthyOut to find healthy restaurant dishes nearby with her Top 15 Food & Drink mobile app. Follow her on Twitter at @wdot.
Women 2.0 readers: What is your favorite up-and-coming health startup or entrepreneur? Let us know in the comments below.
Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.