Spotlight On mHealth Startup Cofounders From NJIT EDC Incubator

March 27, 2014 | Uniphy Health

“Located at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Enterprise Development Center (EDC) in Newark, Navio Health is a digital healthcare startup. The company says it is easing communication between healthcare providers and others with its secure Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant messaging app, Practice Unite.

Cofounders Adam Turinas (AT), president, and Stuart Hochron (SH), chief medical officer, had known each other for many years, and they started Navio Health after attending an American Hospital Association conference in Washington, D.C. A big issue that arose repeatedly at that conference was the lack of communication among physicians, an obstacle to implementing changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“By the time we got back to New Jersey, we had worked out on the back of the sheet of paper what an app to help doctors communicate with each other might look like,” Turinas said.

Turinas and Hochron had been providing consulting services to Jersey City Medical Center and suggested the application to their client, who was “very supportive,” said Turinas. So they developed the app, which they piloted last year. The duo formally launched Practice Unite on Feb.15, 2013 with the medical center and rolled it out to their fifth customer as of this writing. In New Jersey, CentraState (Freehold) is one of the hospitals using it.”


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