Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the healthcare sector. As there is a large number of 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 digital diabetes management startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Digital Diabetes 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 608 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Orpyx – Foot Ulcer Detection
A very common symptom of diabetes is diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). The early detection of complications protects patients from any dangerous stages that may later require foot amputations. Symptoms are usually identified via a thermal imaging system that can be used as an indicator of possible developing ulcers.
The Canadian startup Orpyx produces intelligent insole systems that help manage and prevent diabetic foot ulcers through advanced foot sensor technology and analytics. Orpyx’s technology is monitors pressure, temperature, and activity and provides real-time audiovisual alerts via the inherent mobile app.
One Drop – Connected Devices
Connected devices encompass various wireless devices and mobile apps, including glucose monitors, injectable pens, fitness trackers, etc.. These systems track the body’s vital parameters and other wellness data and analyze this information on the spot. Connected devices thus provide personalized recommendations, coaching and analytic algorithms to identify the most appropriate treatment course for the patients.
One Drop, a US-American company, provides a digital diabetes management solution that consists of a wireless blood glucose monitor, a coaching platform and a mobile application. The platform tracks blood sugar levels, medications, meals, activity, weight, blood pressure, and other parameters and provides personalized recommendations on how to keep a patient’s blood sugar in the target range.
PKvitality – Bloodless Glucose Level Monitoring
Smart sensor technology monitors glucose levels without the need for blood samples. Non-invasive technologies like this measure sugar levels through the skin or by examining other body liquids (sweat, tears, urine, etc.) thereby offering patients an alternative to traditional blood glucose measuring devices.
The French startup PKvitality creates K’Watch Glucose – a glucose monitoring device that tracks glucose levels continuously. The watch features a special disposable K’apsul patch with micro-points and biosensors that measure glucose painlessly through the skin. The sugar level is then displayed on the watch.
GlucoTab – Dosing Decision Support Systems For Doctors
Digital clinical decision support systems assist physicians and nurses in managing insulin therapy. Smart algorithms calculate the proper dose of insulin considering multiple factors such as a patient’s body weight, diabetes type, current insulin requirements, activity level, nutritional status, etc.
GlucoTab, a startup from Austria, builds a decision support tool for medical staff. The system automatically suggests correct insulin dosage and thereby improves blood glucose management control.
Spike – Personal Diabetes Assistant
Personal digital diabetes assistants learn the patterns and habits of a diabetic patient and use them to give recommendations for insulin dosage, food, activity and other useful reminders needed to regulate blood sugar levels. Moreover, these assistants also provide statistics, monitor mood, and communicate with the care provider in the case of an emergency.
The Lebanese startup Spike develops a mobile assistant that helps diabetics manage their condition. Spike monitors the patient’s daily behavior and periodically reminds them with insulin, food, and activity recommendations. The app stores patient data for further analysis and can share it with doctors and caregivers.
What About The Other 603 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 digital diabetes management solutions showcased above are promising examples out of 608 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.