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Disrupting health care and education: Local innovators share their startups

NEW CASTLE - Without disruption, systems will not change. That was the message offered in breakout sessions and workshops focused on innovation in health care and education during the second semi-annual 'Disruptivate!' conference at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel on Tuesday.

About 200 people involved in the fields of health care and education participated in the daylong conference, and learned about new innovations that could change health-care delivery and education delivery systems in the near future.

Twelve innovators presented their technologies during the 'Disruptivate! Goes Vertical' conference organized by the New Hampshire - Innovation Commercialization Center.

One of those innovators was Monica Chandra, who launched the program 'TurnRight' at the University of New Hampshire within the last month with co-founder Bob Phillips.

Their goal is to broaden the base of advisers for college students through a network of alumni, industry professionals and others who can guide students from college to career with confidence.

In another breakout room, Michaeline Daboul was talking about her company's launch last year and how it is helping pharmaceutical and medical device companies comply with the 'Sunshine Act,' one of 27 acts that make up the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and requires those companies to disclose any financial or value-driven benefit given to physicians in an attempt to get them to use their products.

Daboul said the data MediSense is compiling has never been available before, and help consumers make more informed decisions and companies comply with the new federal law, but will make a new set of 'big data' available for innovators to mine.

Since launching last June, her New Hampshire-based company MMIS has displaced the number one and number two market leaders in this area, she said.

They are looking to lead in the health-care transparency market.

Many health-care innovators talked about the need to access more data. One of the conference speakers was 'e-Patient' Dave deBronkart, who is helping to lead the participatory medical movement.

He said there is a universal desire from patients to be allowed to help with their health-care process.

'Disruption is driven by more directly connecting capabilities with the people who need it,' deBronkart said via videofeed.


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