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Health for America Selects Louisville for National Program

Thursday June 6, 2013

Fellows will work with XLerate Health

Louisville was selected as one of two cities by Health for America for its 2013 Summer Fellowship Program, which will bring entrepreneurs and the healthcare community together to focus on health information technology (IT) opportunities and challenges.

Health for America Fellows will partner with XLerateHealth, Louisville’s first health IT accelerator, where they will work on the business and clinical aspects of health IT, and provide some supporting work around the community’s Asthmapolis project. Asthmapolis is a joint project with the city and Code for America, which is collecting new data about the day-to-day management of asthma among Louisville residents.

“Getting the recognition and assistance from Health for America Fellows brings more exposure and opens more doors for the advancement of health technology in Louisville,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “This two-month effort will raise the profile of XLerate and health tech entrepreneurs, which will attract tech startups from all over the country to our already strong business sector of Lifelong Wellness and Aging Care businesses.”

“XLerate Health was selected as a partner on the basis of its breadth of expertise, broad network of mentors, as well as its location in Louisville, a rising hub in health care innovation,” said Dr. Kapil Parakh, co-founder of Health for America.

To learn more, visit: http://www.healthforamerica.org/fellowship/summer-program.html

XLerate Health is a healthcare accelerator based in Louisville, Kentucky that supports early stage startup companies build out their commercialization strategy and their interface with payers, providers and customers. Located in a 3,500 square foot space in Louisville’s downtown Medical Development Research Park, XLerate Health supports a range of pre‐venture from ideation to those with beta products and strategic relationships, helping rapidly grow and obtain institutional funding. XLerate Health is funded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the City of Louisville and various corporate and non‐profit sponsors.

Contact: Bob Saunders, executive director, 502.396.3495.

Health for America is an audacious attempt to use America’s greatest strength – entrepreneurship to address its greatest challenge – health. Health for America mobilizes recent college graduates to create innovative, sustainable solutions for chronic disease. Fellows partner with physicians, community leaders to understand root causes and assess available resources. Working with private sector partners in an innovations framework, fellows create and rapidly iterate upon community-based technology solutions, evaluating the impact on health metrics and working with the community to ensure sustainability.