13 CEE startups that rock the healthcare sector
The healthcare industry has been a multi-billion business ever since. In recent years, more and more startups have been exploring the sector and are advancing in it with innovation, passion and expertise. Here is our selection of some of the teams to keep an eye on. Do you have more startups on your radar? Let us know!
The Viennese startup founded in 2011 is providing healthcare solutions as a web and mobile application and has a comprehensive databank with all of the licensed medications in Austria and is internationally connected. The system is designed especially for doctors, who can use it to check medications and possible side effects with prescriptions a patient already has. More on the team can be found here.
The Vienna-based startup tries to turn the cumbersome supervision of diabetics’ blood sugar into an easier routine. By now, mySugr has entered the American market and has over 100,000 users. They have also developed a specialised version for children that should make keeping an eye on their blood sugar fun and less annoying. Read more about the venture and their founder here and here.
With the Austrian startup Symptoma, patients and doctors alike can type in a symptom, add additional parameters such as sex and age, and can so find the possible causes for a certain symptom. Among the information they get is statistics such as the incidence of a disease, distribution of the disease among the genders, distribution of age and geographic indicators. Read our profile on founder Jama Nateqi here.
Bucinator, supported by Innsbruck-based incubator CAST Tyrol, is an alarm system for nurses and other caretakers in hospitals and retirement and caretaking facilities. It’s a fall prevention system attached to matrasses that sends off an alarm signals to the nurse’s station if a patient e.g. sits up or is in danger of falling off the bed. Bucinator has won the Newcomer Innovation Award for Geriatric Care 2014.
Also a CAST Tyrol-supported venture, Vira Therapeutics raises the bar: The startup that has its roots at the Medical University Innsbruck seeks to fight cancer the innovative way. They are developing a highly potent oncolytic virus that can be used for cancer treatment. It has so far helped the biotech startup win first prize at the Best of Biotech business plan competition in 2012. Read more about them here.
The Bulgarian team of Smart Hand has an ambitious goal: to produce the perfectly usable hand – artificially. To help amputees, the team wants to engineer the ultimate robotic hand, minimise the risk of phantom pain and – literally – give amputees their limb back. Read more about them here.
The Slovak startup specialises in giving patients the possibility to get a second opinion on their radiologic diagnosis. Via their website, patients who want to have their X-ray, MRI or CT scans looked at by radiologists other than their treating physician can send in their images and get a second or third opinion. For that purpose, Diagnose.me has partnered up with radiologists from around the globe and employs medical interpreters to translate medical reports so people can be helped in confirming, editing or correcting their initial diagnosis.
The Slovaks from Asana have created a special chair inspired by the ancient tradition of Yoga (Asana is also an expression from Yoga, frankly just meaning “sitting down”) that allows people to solely sit on their hips and part of the buttocks. Thus they create a very comfortable seating position, with one of their main goals being to prevent hemorrhoids.
The Slovenian startup Mediately has programmed an app that contains basically all relevant drugs and medications available. With it, doctors but also patients can cross match prescriptions and check if the drug the doctor is going to prescribe could interfere with another one the patient already takes. Read their Startup Pick here.
The Serbian enterprise, founded already in 2007, wants to fight skin cancer and other dermatologic diseases with high tech. TeleSkin develops and produces hard- and software for tracking moles and provides the infrastructure to share the newest findings on one’s skin with a doctor. In 2013, they won Microsoft’s healthcare innovation award and now have partner clinics throughout Serbia.
Cognuse is management and aid software for healthcare administrators in hospitals, as well as experts and patients undergoing rehabilitation. The CognuseManager programme collects data about the progress of a patient and provides medical professionals with viable information about how rehabilitation exercises are working on their patients. Originally from Estonia, the team of four has in the meantime made it to California and has international distributors in Japan, Hong Kong, China and the US.
The startup from Croatia has developed an online service available for computers, tablets and smartphone that allows nutrition experts or dietitians to optimise nutrition counseling processes virtually. Dietitians, nutritionists or doctors can track the progress of their patients online, give them advice or set new goals for them by editing their nutritional schedule.
The Zagreb-based startup created an app that lets doctors easily keep track of their patients. Appointments can be scheduled, postponed or rearranged as well as prescription plans updated or edited. Doctors can directly communicate with their patients, give them advise on their treatment or use a database connected with the app for research. The duo Ana Burica and Josipa Majic are also on the forefront of Teddy the Guardian, a plush teddy bear toy that monitors a child’s vital signs. Catch up on them here.