The healthech sector has exponentially grown in the last couple of years, especially after COVID-19 started. The Romanian healthtech sector currently counts over 200 early-stage startups. These startups are developing solutions that could have a positive impact, not just in Romania but also globally.
In this article, we review five of these healthtech startups from Romania designed for patients, families, healthcare professionals, and healthcare organizations.
Five healthtech startups from Romania
According to AMAIS, approximately 93,591 people have sight impairments in Romania. 54% of them are severely or entirely sight impaired. Romanian startup .Lumen produces glasses that can help these people orient themselves.
By using high-tech sensors and a set of five cameras, .Lumen technology understands and maps users’ surroundings. At the same time, it also helps them move by using audio and haptic feedback. Thanks to Lumen, blind and visually impaired people can manage to live a more independent life.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety, and depression increased by 25% worldwide. Consequently, people started to pay much more attention to mental health issues and started to look into tech solutions that could help.
Launched in 2018, I’m Fine is a mobile app that offers a path toward better mental health through a friendly user interface with chatbots. Furthermore, I’m Fine provides tools and resources to understand personal emotions and connect with the right mental health specialist. There are over 240 professionals from over 30 cities in Romania currently on the app.
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VoxiKids is an app at the intersection of education and health. It offers speech therapy exercises to kids with speech disorders. This app has actually transformed the speech therapy sector in Romania. By connecting speech therapists and parents, the app helps kids recover faster from speech disorders, compared to traditional therapy.
VoxiKids app uses speech recognition for specific therapy, has a playful approach to speech exercises, and features machine learning technology for monitoring activities and recommending the appropriate exercise.
Zitamine combines healthcare and tech by delivering patients personalized supplements. Specifically, Zitamine works through an algorithm questionnaire designed and tested by doctors and pharmacists. Users can discover the nutritional profile (vitamins and supplements) that best suits their needs, and receive it right at their door.
According to professor Liheng Fan and Yinling Wang, early childhood is a fragile period for attention deficit hyperactivity and cognitive development disorders. Specifically, the first few years of children with ADHD are the most critical and this could affect their future development.
The Romanian startup TULLY proposes a new model for ADHD treatment through biofeedback and analytic algorithms. Tully’s wearable device is a bracelet with sensors. These sensors monitor the level of attention of children. In this way, these data enable a more personalized therapeutic approach toward different behaviors.
Consequently, TULLY helps children learn how to control and cope with their emotional bursts and attention problems.
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