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Former Media Lab director laying groundwork for new healthcare IT startup, Atelion

Posted by Scott Kirsner  January 17, 2013 07:26 AM

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There's no website yet for one of the newest MIT Media Lab spin-outs: Atelion Health, which will commercialize and build upon a project born at the lab called CollaboRhythm. The co-founders are former Media Lab director (and serial entrepreneur) Frank Moss, right, Media Lab researcher John Moore, and software developer Scott Gilroy.

Moss says Atelion is "a cloud-based platform" aimed at helping doctors and patients work together more closely to manage chronic diseases like diabetes, HIV, or hypertension. "We're focusing on how patients can be actively engaged and become part of the team," as well as helping physician practices and a new breed of healthcare provider called an ACO (accountable care organization) use data to keep their patients healthier. "As we move from fee-for-service payment to doctors being paid on performance, and accountable care, there's a real gap in the IT that's available to these ACOs and physican practices," says Moss.

Moore, a doctor who will earn his PhD this June at MIT, has been testing early versions of the software platform with the Boston Medical Center, the Joslin Diabetes Center, and the Mayo Clinic.

Atelion hasn't yet raised money, and it's based in MIT's Trust Center for Entrepreneurship.

Moss tells me he is also involved with a 3-D printing startup that he wasn't ready to name. It'll focus on "infrastructure software" that will simplify the process of "distribution fabrication" using 3-D printers, he says.

I last wrote about Moss in 2010 as he was departing the Media Lab directorship. Below is a video overview of the CollaboRhythm project:

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