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ny is creating Green Parking Zones that will make the city a cleaner and more sustainable place (like HEVO Power), intuitive and inviting healthcare-data solutions (like Mana Health), or any number of other innovative products and services, an NYU Incubator can help it grow.
Forging a Physician-Patient Partnership “Data can save lives.” This simple statement is the principle that guides the work of Christopher Bradley and his team at Mana Health. “We believe that data-driven decision processing can make medicine work better, for [both] patients and clinicians,” Bradley says. The sheer volume of medical information produced on a single patient can be overwhelming, but Bradley and his team are finding ways to turn that raw data into information that can be “leveraged to increase the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery” by organizing it in coherent and informative ways. The company was recently awarded a contract to build the Patient Portal for New Yorkers, a website through which state residents will be able, starting in early 2014, to access their healthcare records safely and securely online. "New Yorkers do everything else online. It’s imperative that they also be able to access their healthcare data online, 24
whenever they need it. This is the most important information a person has about him or herself," says David Whitlinger, the executive director of the New York eHealth Collaborative, the agency that worked with the New York State Department of Health to choose Mana for the project. Users whose clinicians participate in the program have ready access to their lab results, lists of medications, radiology reports, and other important information, making them true partners in their own healthcare. Partnership and collaboration have long been important to Bradley, a native of Hawaii and the son of two physicians. After earning an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and cell biology from Rutgers University, he received a master’s degree in computer science from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, where he and a group of fellow students began exploring the realm of health IT and realized that there was a great need for both patient engagement and clinical decision support. Together, they created a “Roadmap for Medical Care,” which employed a proprietary analytic engine that allowed physicians to gain new insights from patient records, improve di(left to right) ACRE’s Emily Wheeler, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Micah Kotch, and Steve Kuyan, Assistant Director of the Incubator Initiatives
agnostic accuracy and make recordkeeping simpler. They entered their program in the University's 2012 Inno/vention Competition and took first place. Bradley named the newly formed company Mana Health, because in native Hawaiian, the word “mana” means healing energy. The thriving enterprise, which now counts entrepreneur Reggie Bradford as a board member and investor, is a graduate of the NYU Incubator, where, as Bradley explains, he received “a ton of support and resources” that helped him get his idea off the ground and into the marketplace faster. Bradley is now combining his love of data analytics and healthcare to meet a practical, real-world need, and Mana Health stands as a prime example of innovation, collaboration and incubation in action.
Working Together to Alleviate Pain—at the Pump and the Plug With the average price of gasoline hovering at close to four dollars a gallon, it’s easy to see why consumers often feel pain at the gas pump. Electric vehicles can help, but they come with their own set of headaches— mainly because there is little public infrastructure here in the U.S. to support their widespread use. There are now fewer than 1,000 plug-in recharging stations through-