For a long time, wearables were limited to fitness trackers and smartwatches. However, these small, networked computers have now become a significant segment in the digital health market. This was also confirmed by DMEA 2023 in Berlin, where we met exciting startups pushing the boundaries of wearable technology at the health IT trade show from April 25 to 27. We engaged in numerous interesting conversations and exchanged ideas about their groundbreaking technologies.
In this article, we introduce you to five of these innovative companies.
Wearables are smart devices typically worn on the body, designed to support their users in everyday life. Equipped with sensors and advanced technologies, they collect and analyze health data, revolutionizing the way modern healthcare is delivered by enabling personalized and remote care like never before.
Our Top 5 Wearable Innovators
HEI Therapeutics - Self-Monitoring for Hypothyroidism
Our first discovery at DMEA is HEI Therapeutics, a digital therapy company based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The startup is developing the world's first medical monitoring technology for patients with hypothyroidism, using state-of-the-art microfluidics, microtechnology, and artificial intelligence.
More than 200 million people worldwide suffer from hypothyroidism, with many either undiagnosed or improperly treated. HEI Therapeutics' wearable allows these individuals to track their hormone levels, well-being, and symptoms anytime, anywhere.
Nuanic - Early Detection & Prevention of Mental Disorders
We also learned about Nuanic, a Finnish startup based in Tampere, which develops wearable biosensors and software for mental health professionals in medicine, research, and R&D labs. Their platform is designed for the early detection and prevention of mental disorders.
Many mental disorders develop over months or even years, often due to chronic stress. While questionnaires and clinical observations are used for diagnosis, prevention remains challenging. Nuanic addresses this issue by screening electrodermal activity, enabling laboratory-level measurements in daily life.
KENTAGO - Back Measurement Device for Increased Mobility and Well-Being
Paragit - Early Detection & Personalized Treatment of Parkinson's Disease
We also met Paragit, a Danish MedTech startup based in Frederiksberg, developing wearable technology for individuals affected by Parkinson's and other neurological disorders. Their product supports research, accurate assessment, early diagnosis, and personalized treatment of these conditions.
The patented forearm cuff consists of sensors and a textile and patch system that detects early individual symptoms. It collects data on muscle function, movement patterns, sleep, grip strength, and abnormal sweating. AI models analyze these data, facilitating clinical decision-making.
RooWalk - Electric Walking Aid for Hands-Free Mobility at Any Age
Conclusion: Revolutionary Wearables at DMEA 2023
Wearable technology is paving the way for the future of healthcare, and these five startups are at the forefront of this revolution. With their innovative devices, they are tackling critical challenges in the healthcare industry, from managing chronic diseases to improving mental health and mobility.
As wearables continue to evolve and become increasingly integrated into patient-centric processes, we can expect to see many more exciting innovations in this space. Keep an eye on our DMEA finds. Their wearable wonders will undoubtedly continue to make waves in digital healthcare.