About Us

The Smart Health Innovation Lab is a market adoption accelerator built for testing, certifying, and advancing new healthcare technologies. At the lab, payors, providers, and technology companies work together to validate technologies and integrate innovations into the healthcare marketplace. Founded in 2017 through a unique collaboration between Aspire Ventures, Capital BlueCross, Clio Health, and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, the Smart Health Innovation Lab brings together different healthcare stakeholders to achieve a common goal: improving the health of our communities through new technologies that enhance the patient and provider experience, lower the cost of care, and improve health outcomes.

We help companies with market-ready healthcare innovations overcome the unique challenges to entering the market.

Aspire Ventures

Aspire Ventures, an Aspire Universal Company, is a venture capital firm focused on transforming industries and impact investment with breakthrough technologies. Aspire Ventures leverages its capital, intellectual property and domain expertise to help bring innovations to market faster and more cost effectively for the benefit of people worldwide.

Aspire Ventures has developed A2I, an adaptive artificial intelligence platform, to help its portfolio companies offer innovative mobile, cloud, and machine learning solutions for a variety of industry sectors, most notably healthcare. Aspire Ventures is leading several initiatives to create a patient-centered model in healthcare powered by precision medicine technologies.

Capital BlueCross

Capital BlueCross, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., is the leading health solutions and insurance company in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. A partner in the community’s health for 80 years, Capital BlueCross offers health insurance products, services and technology solutions that provide peace of mind to consumers and promote health and wellness for our customers.

More than a health insurer, the company delivers innovative solutions through a family of diversified businesses that is creating a healthier future and lowering health care costs. Among these solutions are patient-focused care models, leading-edge data analytics, and digital health technologies. Additionally, Capital BlueCross is growing a network of Capital Blue stores that provide in-person service and inspiration to help people reach their health goals. Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

Clio Health Lancaster

Clio Health is a digital health network, using apps, AI, and revolutionary devices to improve healthy life expectancy and impact population health.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health (LG Health), a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, is a 663-licensed bed not-for-profit health system with a comprehensive network of care encompassing Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), Women & Babies Hospital and the Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital (in partnership with Kindred Healthcare). LG Health’s membership in Penn Medicine joins the strengths of a world-renowned, not-for-profit academic medical center and a nationally recognized, not-for-profit community health-care system. Outpatient services are provided at more than 30 centers and express and urgent-care locations; more than 400 primary and specialty providers participate in our employed-physician network.

At the Lab

Located in the heart of downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania, our 16,000 square-foot innovation lab opened in June 2018 to welcome the first class of startups to go through the Smart Health Certification Program. The lab provides startups collaborative workspace, onsite experts, and a well-structured process for testing and integrating their products into health systems. Our state-of-the-art simulated care environments — including an outpatient clinic, inpatient room, and home setting — let resident companies validate their technologies across the care continuum in real world settings.

Management Team

Board of Managers

Board Observers