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Crunchies Awards Highlight Top Health and Fitness Startups

Every year, top Silicon Valley technology blogs host the Crunchies awards, an industry award for up and coming companies who are leaders and innovators in their space.

On Monday, February 10th, the winner and runner-up were announced. One Medical Group took the top spot, with Oscar getting the honorable mention. For this post, we’ll take a quick look at each of the finalists and what they bring to the health and fitness scene from a tech perspective.

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This year, the finalists in the “Best Health Startups” category were these five organizations.

One Medical Group (winner)

The New York Times calls OMG “a new model for primary care that aims to set a nationwide example.” With offices in six cities (San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, this startup was formed by a group of doctors who listened to their patients and built a totally new medial group designed specifically to meet your needs.

Members pay an annual membership of $199 to enjoy benefits that include no long wait times, same-day appointments that start (and end) on time, online services available anywhere, anytime, and the flexibility to work with your existing insurance plan.

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You can find out more about One Medical Group on their website, here.

 

Oscar (runner up)

Grabbing an honorable mention at the Crunchies is Oscar: a new type of health insurance company specifically for New Yorkers. Customers have access to board-certified doctors around the clock, and extra perks like free generic drugs, free doctor visits, and intuitive online tools to get care and save money.

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More than 40,000 providers and 80 hospitals (including all major academic medical centers in NYC) are available to customers without a referral, and getting a quote for coverage can be done on their website in five clicks.

 

You can find out more about Oscar on their website, here.

 

 

Fitbit

We’ve featured Fitbit here on DIR more than once, and with good reason. They’re a seven-year-old company based in San Francisco that manufactures and sells wearable fitness gadgets that track and analyze your physical activity. Their latest product, the Fitbit Force, just became available four months ago and has made big waves with fitness gurus.


You can find out more about Fitbit on their website, here.

 

MyFitnessPal

This is the company behind the wildly popular app for Android and iPhone that helps users track daily diet and exercise. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’re able to input all your food and workout in order to track calories consumed and calories burned. The idea behind it is that if you’re able to visualize the reality of your intake, you’re better able to adjust behaviors to get the results you’re after more quickly.

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You can find out more about MyFitnessPal by downloading it on your smartphone. (Android download link | iPhone download link)

 

Practice Fusion

The youngest among the finalists in the ‘Best Health Startup’ category this year is Practice Fusion, a company that provides free, web-based electronic health records (HER) to medical practitioners. The service is a new one, but a companion to the Patient Fusion service they already offer specifically to consumers.

 

You can find out more about Practice Fusion here, and Patient Fusion here.

 

Also Read:

The Only Fitness Tracker Review Guide You Need

Why Technology Does and Does Not Work for Weight Loss

Tech Gadgets Make Weight Loss More Manageable

 

Source: TechCrunch

February 13th, 2014

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