The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement that in the United States more than one out of every five deaths can be linked to Hospital-Associated Infections (HAI) in the United States. In Australia, HAIs are responsible for approximately 7,500 deaths each year. The most effective way to reduce these figures is to reduce the amount of time patients stay in hospitals. There are a variety of reasons people find themselves stuck in hospitals. Some individuals who find themselves in the hospital regularly are those who need consistent care, such as chemo and dialysis patients. Other patients need constant monitoring, while other patients are stuck in a hospital waiting for a spot in a long-term care facility to become available. In different situations, individuals who are already high-risk such as immunocompromised, high-risk pregnancies, and the elderly, need to go to the hospital for testing that would be safer completed at home.
With the technological advances within the healthcare industry, a wide variety of companies have created ways to reduce time spent in the hospital. Below are some of the Israeli startups whose products will reduce time spent in hospitals.
Chronic Illness at Home
Paragate Medical – Developing an implantable device to treat fluid overload in patients suffering from chronic heart or kidney failure. Their Implantable Peritoneal Ultrafiltration Device (IPUD) is a minimally invasive device that serves as a mechanical bypass to the kidneys to continuously remove excess fluid from the body to keep patients balanced at home.
Pregnancy at Home
Nuvo – Commercializing INVU, the first FDA cleared remote monitoring system for pregnant women. Their belt monitors both the maternal and fetal heart rate. Their product allows for women to complete many of their maternity check-ins from their own home.
Continuous Monitoring at Home
Biobeat – provides an FDA approved, AI-driven remote patient monitoring platform that includes a disposable short-term chest monitor and a long-term wrist monitor. Both monitors accurate provide readings of 15 health parameters, including cuffless blood pressure, pulse rate and respiratory rate.
Testing at Home
Healthy.io – Uses colorimetric analysis, computer vision, and AI to transform the smartphone camera into a clinical-grade medical device. This technology can analyze urine tests and chronic wounds using a variety of devices and under different lighting conditions, making testing as easy as snapping a picture.
Written by Sarah Benjamin, Head of Healthcare and Consumer Goods, Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast, USA – email@example.com