Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the healthcare sector. As there are many startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising chronic disease management startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Chronic Disease Management Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 564 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
As the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has hospitals maxing out their capacities globally, self-management, remote-management, and prevention of chronic diseases become more and more important. Monitoring and treating patients with chronic diseases at home via a remote connection minimizes their risk of being exposed to the novel Coronavirus, helps slow the spread of COVID-19, and leaves more capacities for hospitals and medical staff to manage patients infected with SARS-CoV-2.
Below, we take a deep dive into five use cases that become more relevant by the day:
Phable – Digital Healthcare
Chronic medical conditions, like diabetes and cardiac problems, depend on patient lifestyles and may become lethal due to unchecked choices such as unhealthy diets or alcohol intoxication. In such emergencies, bystanders often rush to hospitals to provide proper medical care for the patients. However, the severity of such cases increases multifold due to delays in identifying the condition and consulting a doctor. Telemedicine platforms mitigate this issue by providing a means to consult with a doctor remotely, saving time and life.
Phable is an Indian startup that develops a telehealth platform for chronic disease management. The startup’s smartphone app allows patients to connect with doctors on demand for diabetes, cardiac problems, and cancer treatment, among others. It also offers a marketplace for users to buy Internet of Things (IoT) medical devices for vitals monitoring. The app combines the data from these devices and shares regular health insights with doctors. This, in turn, allows them to proactively identify health issues in patients to ensure timely interventions and prevent hospital (re-)admissions.
Care Clinic – Patient Self-Management
Chronic disease self-management (CDSM) programs allow patients to actively manage their conditions. These programs exist as mobile apps, web platforms, or software and inform users about their medications and the correct way to take them. They also offer appropriate exercise activities, explain diet and nutrition varieties, and describe possible problems associated with chronicdiseases.
CareClinic is a Canada-based startup that offers a self-care health management platform for people suffering from chronic conditions. The application uses artificial intelligence (AI) to track specific symptoms, mood, pain level, and nutrition. It gathers data from wearables and other user inputs to provide reports and logs to help the patient better understand their body and improve their health.
Pathmate – Patient Education
Patient education programs aim to inform patients with chronic conditions about their therapy in an effort to make them adhere to it. They teach skills and techniques to improve self-care and interaction with the doctor to improve the patients’ lives and health outcomes.
The Swiss startup Pathmate, a spin-off of ETH Zurich, builds a personalized digital health coach. The coach supports people suffering from chronic diseases to adhere to their therapies and also offers personalized recommendations that are specific to the disease and the situation of each patient. Users conveniently receive their daily plans with personalized health objectives on their mobile devices.
EveryDose – Medication Adherence
Medications are an essential part of chronic disease management. Adherence to prescribed medications is generally poor because of different factors such as complex medication regimens, poor understanding of dose or schedule, or lapses in memory. Electronic pill monitors, among other solutions, remind patients about their medications and alert healthcare providers or family members when a scheduled dose is missed.
The US-based startup EveryDose focuses on predictive analytics and personalized patient engagement to increase medication adherence. Their AI-based app features reminders, health information and tips, and progress sharing. It helps users stay on track with their daily medications and educates them about their health condition.
TheBigPicture – Chronic Disease Prevention
Modern solutions manage health better and offer personalized care. Moreover, they also prevent and delay the complications of many chronic conditions. Sensors and applications monitor bodily parameters such as heart and breathing rate, sleep patterns, activity level, posture, and stress. This information is crucial for proactive disease management and carries warning signs about potential problems that can arise later on.
TheBigPicture is a US-based startup that creates a health management mobile app. It monitors 12 main human systems, including organs, tissue, and cellular biometrics to help users track, organize, maintain, and improve their health. It offers features like custom meal plans to keep health metrics in check for chronic disease prevention.
What About The Other 559 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 chronic disease management startups showcased above are promising examples out of 564 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.