September 29, 2020 | 4min read
Top 10 Canadian Healthcare Startups You Should Know in 2020
We recently presented lists of the best startups in two major tech hubs in the US, namely New York City and the Bay Area. This time, we thought, let’s look at the northern border and the quintessentially friendly nation of Canada. What we found couldn’t fit in just one article. (Article on the wearable sector is coming soon). That is why, today, we present the top Canadian healthcare startups, which are crucial to facilitate continuous treatment at home.
Orpyx aims to help people with diabetes stay active. How? By decreasing the probability of diabetic foot ulcer recurrence. After the trials, the company has proven a 86% decrease in that regard. Again, how? By developing a custom shoe insoles that monitor movement, pressure, and temperature. With the connected mobile application, the user will know in real-time if some areas of the foot are strained. The information stored in the app also helps healthcare providers to adjust foot care plans.
If you are interested in that subject, you can read our interview with Lise Pape, founder of Walk With Path. It’s a Canadian healthcare startup striving to help people with another diabetes condition—neuropathy.
eSight is an all-in-one low vision device designed for over 20 different eye conditions. The device stimulates synaptic activity to enhance users’ sight. What’s interesting, eSight can be used in various life situations, such as walking indoors and outdoors, seeing from up close, and what’s in the distance. Apart from helping those visually impaired see clearly, the device can also save images, stream movies just like on a Virtual reality device—all thanks to a connected mobile application.
Hexoskin is a smart textile designer and manufacturer. A wearable device that is at the same time an apparel? Yes, smart shirts. They record health information, which is sent to an iOS or Android device via Bluetooth. Shirts record heart rate, heart rate variability (for measuring stress), breathing rate, activity, and sleep. The data is supported by the Hexoskin Connected Health Platform. The information helps to track the users’ physical health, but it’s also used by researchers and first responders.
What’s more, in a true #CodeLeadership spirit, the Candian healthcare startup open-sourced their Android SDK, the web (REST) API reference, and demo client written in Python.
TENZR is a wrist trainer device that makes physical therapy both fun and data-driven. With a small smart device, those suffering from wrist fractures, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or other wrist-related issues can do their rehabilitation from the comfort of their homes. TENZR provides professional guidance via remote sessions with physical therapists. Training your wrist doesn’t have to be dull as the company prepared games to ease the therapy. All movements are recorded for later analysis and progress monitoring.
Plantiga, like Orpyx and Walk With Path, has created a smart insole. The smart wear can help practitioners assess rehabilitation progress in the ankle, knee, and hip injuries. However, the insole has many more applications. With the use of Plantiga insoles, athletes can obtain risk assessments, training consistency with load monitoring. The dedicated platform will help practitioners and users to get the most of the data.
Doc.ai offers a range of healthcare solutions. The Passport health signature is a solution tailored to our times. Through a mobile application, you can check your health status available only to those you’ve granted access to. It’s designed to facilitate coming back to work, joining your friends, or a sports team, without the fear of spreading the virus. App users can check the safety guidelines in their locations as well.
Doc.ai also offers a solution for a healthy mind. With the Serenity app, you can monitor your mood via quick updates with a chatbot. Based on the information, the users receive clinically validated therapy plans if needed. Last but not least, Doc.ai’s health companion is aimed at providing valuable research material for scientists.
Steadiwear is another company trying to lessen the difficulties for people with Parkinson’s disease. This time, it’s all about counteracting tremors—shaking of the hands. The Stedi-One device is designed to counter-weight the movement of the hands to provide more stability. It goes to show how wearable devices have advanced healthcare and science—#PositveTech at its best!
Zennea’s goal is to provide an FDA-approved, clinically tested solution for chronic snorers and those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. A smart, wireless device is placed under the user’s chin and managed with a connected mobile application. The device aims to help snorers and their partners, as getting a good night’s sleep is highly beneficial for our immune system.
HelpWear developed a wireless device called HelpWear. It’s designed in comfort in mind to monitor heart rhythm twenty-four hours a day. In the case that a user suffers a heart attack or other striking irregularity, the device will immediately contact emergency services, providing name and location information. That’s why people with heart conditions don’t need to be afraid to be on their own.
LocateMotion offers two interesting solutions. The first one, called Safe@Home, is designed for remote patient monitoring. The provided healthcare devices monitor the user’s condition and send the data to a cloud via a tablet. Building on the first solution, LocationMotion developed the SenSightsTM health intelligence platform. Its aim is to monitor the user’s condition and contact emergency services if required. With an open API, the LocationMotion solution can be customized to various healthcare systems and applications.