It’s almost 2020 and technological innovations are positively affecting nearly every part of our day-to-day lives. We have smart homes, smart devices, and smart driving cars. Using our mobile phones, with a touch of a button, we’re video chatting, purchasing goods, or sending selfies to folks on the other side of the world One of the most important areas where we’ve seen technology change is in the realm of health and wellbeing. Startups around the world are inventing new ways to help us look after ourselves and treat ailments in the most efficient ways. Below are a few of the exciting startups working hard to improve our health.
Entrepreneur Pooja Sachin Duggal grew up in Mumbai and saw first-hand the dangers and risks associated with members of society not having access to relevant health information. She felt that with nearly one in 20 internet searches having to do with health in general, the majority of search results were overwhelming or difficult to understand. This is why Pooja created healthhunt, an online community platform and information portal, delivering relevant health content to millennials around the world. Along with providing approachable information and actionable advice, healthhunt allows users to curate their own content through a personalized board featuring their interests and questions, which other community members and experts can post on or answer. Community members can also share content and recommended products across the platform, which users can then purchase through healthhunt’s marketplace. If you’re a 20 or 30 something looking to take a more proactive role in your health and wellbeing, then healthunt is the site for you.
If you’ve ever been sent by your doctor to get an MRI, you know that this may means having to make an appointment for the scan. Oftentimes it can be miles away from you and there may only be time slots available weeks or months away, and the scan can also be an expensive ordeal. Enter Aspect Imaging, an Israeli life science company manufacturing state-of-the-art MRI systems that are smaller, and require less upkeep than traditional MRI machines. The company’s compact MRI machines can operate in rehab centers or point-of-care facilities that usually wouldn’t have the specialized manpower or budget to run conventional whole-body MRI scans. This mean MRIs can become more accessible to healthcare providers and facilities that would not have otherwise been able to house, afford, or operate them. Aspect recently announced it raised $30 million, adding to its already impressive $120 million of previously raised capital, helping the company make MRI scans more available to patients around the world.
We all have tried ourselves, or know people trying to lose weight and get healthier. As anyone can tell you, the biggest obstacle is motivation; staying on course with your diet and exercise regime, through thick and thin, and rain and cold. Swedish startup, Lifesum, claims to have the tools to help keep you on track, and offers an app allowing users to manage how much they exercise and how much food they eat. The app already boasts more than 15 million users. Lifesum is actively looking at innovative way to spread health awareness and has shared data about nutritional deficiencies to a British juice company, Crussh, to help provide these nutrients to their customers. Lifesum provides users with information ranging from feedback on meals eaten, alerts to drink more water, ways to exercise, and other helpful insights, while also providing a fitness tracker. The app is available on Android and iOS.