In 2018, Accenture received more than 2,200 applications and invited 90 startups to compete, translated to a 4% acceptance rate - making the challenge one of the most competitive in the country. Mira's participation in the competition is a confident vote for the company's mission of simplifying healthcare.
Mira's Innovation Thesis
There is no lack of innovation in the U.S. Approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month in this countrywith one of out ten in the healthcare sector. But where it goes wrong, however, is the way some innovations make it more complicated instead of simplifying things for the patients.
Adding more on top of an already-convoluted consumer journey doesn't help. People don't care about adding another device nor they know enough to store gigabytes of medical information - those are features. If anything, the average consumers want to make healthcare an invisible part of their lives, to live, and not have to worry about the nitty-gritty. For healthcare innovations to succeed, companies should build a business on eliminating frictions and wasteful processes, instead of adding more to it.
"At Mira, simplicity is the very philosophy behind our mission: bringing a Prime-like experience to healthcare - predictable price, reliable caregivers, and affordable services. But making things simple in healthcare is very complicated. And, that is why our diverse team with deep industry experience is perfect to tackle this problem." - Khang T. Vuong, Founder & CEO of Mira.
Accenture Innovation Challenge Commands An Impressive List of Alumni
b.well Connected Health was recognized as a Top Innovator at the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge. Based out of Baltimore, b.well provides an integrated platform that connects consumers with a single, curated digital experience to manage all aspects of their health. Kristen Valdes, founder and CEO of b.well, said, “We intend to maximize the incredible relationships we have developed through this challenge.”
Newtopia was also recognized as a Top Innovator at the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge. Based in New York City and Toronto, Newtopia focuses on preventing the onset of chronic disease for individuals currently at risk of developing obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Jeff Ruby, founder and CEO Newtopia, said, “We aspire to leverage the amazing judges to help scale our disease prevention solution and partner with as many of the incredible innovators as possible to redefine healthcare.”
Overall, the weather in San Francisco is pretty awesome. Even in January, you’ll probably catch some days that are 60 degrees and sunny. All the more reason to take an urban hike! I’m sure you’re familiar with the amazing hills of San Francisco, giving you both a site to see and a workout. This is also the perfect opportunity for some “alone time”. Absorbing the city, taking your own route, and just appreciating the views. This site has some great suggestions for urban hikes in the city.
Put your sneakers on and head up some notorious staircases! These aren’t just any old staircases. San Francisco is home to many amazing, artistic staircases- including, the Sand Ladder near Baker Beach, the Filbert Street Steps near Coit Tower, plus a few more here. Some of them can even take you to different parts of the town!
Use your alone time to hop on a bike and explore the city! Bike riding has multiple mental health benefits such as reducing stress, better sleeping habits, and more. There are plenty of places to rent a bike in San Francisco such as San Francisco Bike Rentals or use Bay Wheels via the Lyft app!
San Francisco has many amazing museums- most of which would be quite peaceful attending alone. Whether you prefer contemporary art or if you’re more of an exploratory science person, we’re sure you’ll find at least one worth a visit.
So what do you say- ready to head out into the exciting city of San Francisco? If you do, we’d love for you to snap a pic, post on Instagram and tag us @talktomira and use our hashtag #TalktoMira. Happy exploring!
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