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 preventive healthcare startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Preventive Healthcare 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 436 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Udotest – At-Home Testing
A visit to the hospital or laboratory for prophylactic health testing is time-consuming and often inconvenient. On the contrary, at-home testing kits are convenient and easy-to-use. Further, they enable early diagnosis and disease prevention for people who cannot visit the hospital.
Udotest is a US-based startup offering convenient at-home screening, customized for each particular patient’s risk profile. The patient first collects samples with simple screening kits that are delivered to them, these samples are then sent to the startup’s network of 2.500 accredited laboratories that analyze them. The results are communicated to the patient after a doctor reviews them.
Shade – Wearable Ultraviolet (UV) Sensor
Excessive exposure to ultraviolet light is associated with increased risk of dangerous diseases including skin cancer, as well as additional health risks. Wearables equipped with UV sensors mimic the skin’s reaction to sun exposure. These devices also notify the wearer when the sun exposure goes beyond the safe limit.
Shade is a US-based startup providing a clinical-grade wearable sensor. The sensor correctly measures long wave (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet (UVB), mimicking the human skin’s response to sun exposure. The accompanying app allows fine-tuning of the daily UV limit and provides notifications when the user approaches their daily limit.
Changing Health – Behavior Change Platform
Healthy habits are key to the prevention of many diseases and disorders. Behavioral change apps and platforms assist people in building better habits step-by-step, making the process fun, easy, and engaging. These apps connect people with their peers, give them opportunities to compete in challenges, and monitor their progress.
The UK-based startup Changing Health develops a lifestyle coach app. The app helps people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes to prevent the disease by using concepts from behavioral psychology to motivate users to make desired changes in their diet and physical activity.
Chronomics – Epigenetic Testing
Epigenetics determine an individual’s predisposition to specific diseases. Epigenetic testing, thus, informs people about possible preventive actions they can take to minimize the risk of getting these diseases. Insights from epigenetic testing help improve long term health and healthcare from being generalized and reactive to more personalized and proactive.
The UK-based startup Chronomics offers an online digital platform for epigenetic testing. The solution combines Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) and machine learning (ML) to provide epigenetics based insights from a saliva sample. It tracks a user’s risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, liver disease, and dementia and also enables behavioral changes intended to reduce the risk.
Cardiatrics – Cardiac Risk Assessment
Cardiovascular diseases along with other heart conditions are the leading cause of death globally, claiming an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. Preventive cardiology, an interdisciplinary field of medicine, studies the risk factors of heart diseases and suggests possible preventive actions to mitigate them. It comprises of a variety of technologies and applications that enable people to measure their risk of heart diseases.
Cardiatrics is a US-based startup offering a heart disease prevention program. The startup analyzes various factors such as lifestyle, family history, and clinical parameters to assess patients’ risk of heart disease and reveal reversible risk factors. The solution creates a personalized treatment that includes nutritional counseling, exercise support, stress, and sleep management.
What About The Other 431 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 preventive healthcare startups showcased above are promising examples out of 436 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.