Start-ups develop the medical technology industry – Puls Biznesu

Artificial intelligence recognizing changes in brain, bot administering medicine and meals to patients. These are examples of medical innovations that start-ups have created with grants.

The pandemic has contributed to the development of the medical technology industry. Data from Fortune Business Insights shows that a few years ago this market was worth $425 billion, while in 2025 it will reach $612 billion.

Innovations in the medical technology industry:

Grants support start-ups in the creation of digital medical solutions that relieve doctors and nurses.

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– Healthcare leaders see the need to digitize their facilities. They want to introduce modern technologies to them. Innovative ideas from Polish start-ups can play an important role in the medical technology industry. They have a chance of marketing not only in Poland, but also in the world market – says Dariusz Budrowski, President of the Polish Agency for Business Development (PARP).

There is no doubt that our country will have to face the lack of doctors, the diseases of civilization and the aging of society.

– Modern technologies can contribute to this – emphasizes Dariusz Budrowski.

For many years, experts have predicted an increase in the value of the telemedicine market. It’s happened in recent years, and the pandemic has accelerated it dramatically. SMEs working on digital solutions in the medical industry have a chance to grow rapidly. Innovations in this sector are created by at least a hundred Vistula start-ups. Many of them are developing their projects thanks to European funds from the Intelligent Development Operational Program (POIR).

A computer instead of a rehabilitator

One of the beneficiaries of OP SG is the company Titanis from Mazovia. She has developed a digital solution for patients with neurological diseases requiring constant rehabilitation. She created the Neuroforma and TeleNeuroforma software that can be used both in the medical environment and at home.

– It is intended for people who have suffered a stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis. The digital tool is at the service of patients requiring physical and cognitive rehabilitation. Our software are interactive exercises in the form of games with the use, among other web camera – explains Maciej Pawlisz, president of the company Titanis.

According to him, digital medicine is a field of the future.

– There are more and more elderly people in society who need care. TeleNeuroforma is a way to optimize patient access to rehabilitation. They can exercise on their own and be under the remote supervision of a physiotherapist – emphasizes Maciej Pawlisz.

Diabetes is one of the main diseases contributing to the death of Poles. A digital solution that will help diabetics maintain the proper diet necessary in connection with this disease has been prepared by another POIR beneficiary, namely the Mazovian company ate.today. Its representatives have created a mobile application that wirelessly connects to the kitchen scale. Dukrzyk quickly receives information about carbohydrate, protein and fat exchangers and the calories of the prepared meal.

Digital medical visit

Many start-ups are developing projects aimed at relieving medical staff. According to Eurostat data, Poland has the lowest number of practicing doctors per 1,000 inhabitants in the European Union. The nurses are also missing. Therefore, PARP supported the company Małopolska Inmotion Labs. Its representatives are developing a medical robot project that could prove useful in infectious services. The solution makes it possible to limit the interaction between the doctor and the patient. The robot can perform a medical round, conduct an interview, deliver medication or a meal to the patient. It works well when sick patients are in relatively good condition and do not require constant medical supervision.

Another grant recipient is the Gdańsk-based company BrainScan. His solution has a chance to support radiologists in medical institutions. Only about 3,000 of them work in Poland. As a result, patients wait an average of three months for imaging tests. BrainScan representatives, with the help of a grant, have created a tool to support the work of radiologists in detecting pathological changes in the brain. They used machine learning algorithms for this.

– Each tomograph image contains 16 million shades of gray. The human eye can recognize about two hundred of them. The changes in shades of suspicious parts are so small that it is very easy to overlook them. With each image viewed and diagnosed, the evaluator’s concentration weakens. In order to avoid making mistakes, you can protect yourself with the initial diagnosis of pathological changes in the brain performed by our software – explains Marek Trojanowicz, co-founder of BrainScan.

Foreign medical services

The ClinicHunter platform is also an innovative solution. It connects patients with clinics in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey, offering medical services. Patients can choose the best facility for them, which will perform ophthalmic or orthopedic surgery, for example. ClinicHunter is a start-up from Lublin that received a grant and expert support under the acceleration program offered by PARP.

– We help the patient not only to choose a clinic suited to his needs and financial possibilities. We also organize with her all the details of the treatment, organize the trip and the entire stay in a given country. I think that now, when Europe is struggling with inflation, patients will want to save more on the costs of medical treatment – emphasizes Marek Hołówko, President of ClinicHunter.

This publication has been produced with the financial support of the European Union. Bonnier Business Polska is solely responsible for its content and does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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