With the highest life expectancy in the world, Hong Kong knows a thing or two about healthtech. Here are six state-of-the-art healthtech products from Hong Kong’s start-ups that help people monitor their health, stick to their medication routines and know their body’s limits.
According to Deloitte’s 2020 Global Health Care Outlook report, consumers are no longer passive participants in their healthcare and are demanding transparency, convenience, access and personalised products and services. Such change in consumer behaviour not only leads to health systems morphing their strategies accordingly, but also to the development of easy-to-use self-monitoring and screening devices that allow consumers to gather information on their health.
PanopticAI Limited is established by a team with over 25 years of experience in computer vision AI and signal processing research for health applications. Its camera-based health and wellness monitoring solution integrates cutting-edge AI and signal processing algorithms to provide users with a holistic analysis of their health. Users can assess their physiological state (such as the heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate and stress level) simply by scanning their face using the camera of their smart device or computer and get actionable insights.
With the vision of becoming the world’s leading gas detection platform, Qi Diagnostics Limited is developing patent-pending technologies that integrate gas sensing nanoarray, AI algorithms, database and IoT cloud platform to enable it to detect biomarkers in exhaled breath. Following the successful launch of its non-invasive cancer screening i-Nose Sensor, the company’s latest creation is the KetoAir Breathalyzer. The portable breath analyzer measures the ketone level in exhaled breath, so that consumers can easily monitor their fat metabolism and level of ketosis when they are on a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet.
2. Devices for early detection of diseases
Prevention is always better than cure. With this in mind, Gense Technologies Limited develops a low-cost and portable imaging device to display cross-sectional images, waveforms and indicators of various internal organs, all of which can serve as affordable medical diagnostic screening and monitoring tools. Users’ data can be compiled in a cloud system for remote monitoring by medical personnel. Currently, the start-up’s device targets early diagnostic screenings for diseases related to organs including the lung, liver and kidney.
According to the World Health Organization, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685,000 deaths globally in 2020. Fortunately, when the disease is identified early, treatment can be highly effective, achieving survival probabilities of 90 per cent or higher. Enter Hong Kong Biorhythm R&D Co Ltd and its CAREBra breast bio-rhythm monitoring system and CAREDevice smart sensors that can be placed inside normal bras. Based on the theories of cellular thermodynamics and modern biorhythm and supported by big data, cloud computing and AI technologies, the system and sensors are auxiliary tools for early detection of breast cancer and related health issues.
3. Automatic pill dispenser
Self-monitoring and early detection are important, so is taking medications as prescribed by doctors: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the US estimates that medication non-adherence causes up to 50 per cent of chronic disease treatment failures and 125,000 deaths per year in the country.
To assist people in taking their medicines in the right way, Kin Technology Limited has developed the Kindo, an automatic pill dispenser. The device provides reminders and can automatically dispense pills with the right dosage at the right time — with just a click of a button and without pre-sorting. It can pair with the Kin online application for remote monitoring and management of medications, as well as supplements. Caregivers will find the device useful too.
4. Biosensor for tracking muscle fatigue
Taking care of the body is more than just monitoring the heart rate or following medicine and supplement routines. Exercise plays a part too, yet there is a chance that one can get hurt during workouts, especially when they don’t know how hard they can push their body.
To help people effectively lower the chance of injuries during exercise and increase efficiency, PointFit Technology Limited has created a novel biosensor — built with patented ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) — that tracks muscle fatigue through sweat biomarkers. Simply place the sensor on the skin during exercise and it will send the sweat biomarker data to PointFit’s proprietary software to track and analyse the user’s muscle-fatigue level and will send real-time alerts to the user’s mobile phone.