Catalyze Innovation that Advances Health

Start Ups

The MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) is committed to advancing health and an innovative healthcare system. MI2 serves as the portal to outside organizations and is opening our doors to the entrepreneurial community - to its people, ideas, and products. Our work with 1776 has exposed MI2, and others from around MedStar Health, to a significant number of emerging technologies and ideas both in the healthcare and non-healthcare space. The following are a few startups that are bringing new energy and insight to MedStar Health's work. 

Rebel Desk designs and sells treadmill desks and adjustable-height desks to help people be more active while working, be healthier, have more energy, and improve their work performance. Rebel Desks have been installed at MedStar Corporate, MI2 Headquarters, MHRI Headquarters, MedStar Washington Hospital Center Executive Offices, and MedStar Franklin Square Office of the President. Learn more about MedStar Health's engagement with Rebel Desk here.


On December 8, 2014, MI2 announced that MedStar Health will be harnessing Ostendio’s MyVCM™ platform to ensure its innovative health IT vendors are managing sensitive health data in a responsible and compliant manner. MyVCM helps MedStar Health assess vendors' security risk, create and manage critical policies and procedures, and monitor continuous compliance with industry regulations. A key aspect of implementing MyVCM is the ability to work with early-stage companies and ensure the highest level of security and regulatory compliance. Babyscripts has been enrolled on the MyVCM platform. Read the press release.

Stories Inc. is an "organizational storytelling" startup. Providing a variety of approaches, Stories works with employees to understand the history of an organization the people in it, and where it is headed. Services might be used for onboarding, recruiting, marketing, posterity or celebrating milestones. MI2 engaged with Stories to tell its history, highlight its capabilities and achievements, and how it fits into the broader organization and mission of MedStar Health. After a series of more than 30 interviews, Stories distilled the magic of MI2 through videos and other graphic depictions.


December 8, 2014, MI2 announced a partnership with 1776 start up Babyscripts™, an app that extends prenatal care beyond the office visit. In order to better monitor pregnant women's weight gain and blood pressure and deliver improved quality of care, Babyscripts™ has partnered with MedStar Health. This partnership will begin as a 60 patient roll-out at three hospitals with the intent to expand to all 10 MedStar Health hospitals. On March 2, 2015, Babyscripts and MI2 submitted a joint proposal to the ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge to potentially receive $50K in funding for the planned pilot. Read the press release. On July 8th, 2015 the White House recognized Mr. Anish Sebastian, CEO and co-founder of Babyscripts Inc., as one of nine "Champions of Change" for Precision Medicine who are making a difference in transforming the way we improve health and treat disease.


BushyTail Health is the first startup member at 1776 founded by MedStar Health clinicians. Beginning in January 2015, Kerry DeGroot MD and Jason Hoefling, MD –both practicing anesthesiologists at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital – have been incubating their new venture at 1776, immersing in the Lean Startup programming and already making connections to valuable mentors in the community. BushyTail's focus is on the challenges faced by patients with chronic disease such as hypertension, diabetes or high cholesterol. Its hard to stay focused - medications, diet, lifestyle changes are hard - but when you don't feel sick its even harder. That's where BushyTail comes in, providing you with both financial and competitive motivation to get healthy. BushyTail will be a social "game" where patients in similar circumstances come together to get well. Everyone puts money into a pot and BushyTail takes over from there. MI2 is continuing to support next steps in development and hopes that this experience will lead to additional MedStar Health members at 1776. Here is a link to the PBS News Hour Story featuring featuring some 1776 startups and MedStar Health partners.