SmartCamp shines light on healthcare innovation

The prestigious IBM event included a startup competition. Miami’s Consult a Doctor emerged as the winner.

Can South Florida become a high-tech hub of healthcare innovation?

The admittedly partisan crowd of startups, investors, executives and academics who attended IBM SmartCamp last week thinks it’s possible.

“What is there not to be excited about? This is the ground zero for healthcare,” said Jorge Rico, managing director of MBF Healthcare Partners, who participated in a panel at the event Tuesday held at Florida International University. “From a venture fund perspective you are seeing a lot more interest. It’s a great place to invest.”

Rico and others cited South Florida’s demographics, particularly its senior citizen and Medicaid populations, its universities, hospital networks, growing investment community and healthcare companies already operating here as key attractions. That’s also one reason why IBM chose Miami to host SmartCamp, aimed at fostering innovation and collaboration for developing smarter healthcare technology.

IBM SmartCamps are competitions held in 16 cities around the world, from Bangalore to Sao Paulo, said Mike Riegel, an IBM vice president. At the camp in Miami, five preselected healthcare technology startups presented their companies in front of a panel of judges and the audience at the event.

A Miami startup and one all the way from Hong Kong were the winners and will go on to compete in the national competition in Boston next month.
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Read: “SmartCamp shines light on healthcare innovation,“ an article by The Miami Herald.

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