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How Family Offices Can Join The Health Tech Revolution 

Thomas Balkizas 10 May 2021

How Family Offices Can Join The Health Tech Revolution 

Promising European-based IOMT innovators in 2020 
The tech includes diagnostics devices, wearables, rehabilitation aids, treatment implants and patches: 

-- BeFC, France: – Sustainable paper-based energy source;  
-- CRIAM, Portugal: – 5G portable blood point of care diagnostics; 
-- Horizen, Poland: Higo telemedical system; 
-- inContAlert, Germany: – Wearable system for non-invasive measurement of the urinary bladder filling level; 
-- Innovosens, Sweden: SMASH – Sweat Metabolite Analysis for Sports and Health; 
-- Mindpax, Germany: – Wrist-worn monitoring sensor for chronic diseases; 
-- PKvitality, France: K’Watch – Continuous glucose monitoring smartwatch; and 
-- RespMedical LLC, Poland: BreatherOne – Pulmonary rehabilitation system.

Longevity: living longer, more meaningful lives 
There are two types of lucrative investments in the field of extending the lifespan of people to help them live better, fuller lives.

1) Anti-ageing and longevity clinics such as the Merano Palace clinic in Italy and the recently launched London Anti-ageing Clinic - where people receive services to delay the effects of ageing and enhance their immune system.

2) Health tech companies that support the elevation of the human condition by surfacing data and offering continuous monitoring on a variety of topics including genome, microbiome, metabolome and vital signs.

A selection of some interesting start-ups in this area:

-- Insilico Medicine - specialize in using artificial intelligence for drug discovery and ageing research; 
-- Muhdo medical research - DNA and epigenetic profiling;  
-- Nightingale Health - offers preventative care to all based on their accessible specialist blood analysis; and 
-- Mindstrong Health - provides brain healthcare that improves clinical outcomes and reduces hospital visits through improved data measurement and virtual care.

Digital health apps - mobile health technology

This area covers such things as mobile heart and BP monitors, cognitive development apps, digital watches and wearables with fitness programmes. The UK NHS has been promoting the use of mobile care and connectivity devices that it believes could help save over 500,000 lives annually thanks to early disease detection and improved health. The NHS has sought partners to help develop its own digital programme.

The pandemic has highlighted the need for telemedicine and remote monitoring of patients, especially with the ageing population in Europe and the US.

The use of these devices and apps reduce the need for patient visits to clinics and care worker home visits to the elderly. They are also growing in popularity amongst the younger, fitness-conscious generations who use them for training.

Interesting digital healthcare app start-ups:

--mySugr Global -  App allows tracking of necessary data and trending charts (has 3 million registered users); 
-- Mobile MIM allows sharing of images from radiation oncology, radiology, nuclear medicine, neuroimaging and cardiac imaging;  
-- AliveCor AliveCor creates electrocardiograms when attached to your smartphone and can identify irregular heart rhythms; 
-- Diabetes Manager by WellDoc collects and transmits blood sugar level information in real-time; 
-- Welch Allyn iExaminer Adapter and Ophthalmoscope allow detection of conditions like retinal detachment or glaucoma; 
-- Gauss Pixel App allows doctors and nurses to accurately measure the amount of blood loss in surgical procedures; 
-- AirStrip ONE delivers patient data from medical devices, electronic medical records and patient monitors to clinicians; and 
-- ResolutionMD gives access to radiology diagnostic images and reports from mobile devices.
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