10 Health Tech Companies to Watch in 2019
By Codrin Arsene
February 10, 2019
It’s 2019 and health tech companies are churning out incredible products and solutions, each one better than the last. In this roundup, we take a closer look at 10 of the best healthcare tech companies that are turning heads in the cardiovascular world.
These are the companies driving the future of cardiovascular disease diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and patient care. What’s more, they include established tech firms as well as some of the best healthcare startups to watch in 2019 and beyond.
Omron, a Japanese electronics company, tops our list for the 10 Best Health Tech Companies, making advances in the cardiovascular space. And with good reason. Combining AI, smart wearable, and the latest in ECG technologies, Omron has designed and engineered some of the smartest devices for heart health management. Its flagship product, coyly called HeartGuide, just snapped up the award, Best of CES: most revolutionary wearable.
HeartGuide by Omron is the first wrist-worn personal blood pressure monitor. It is the first of its kind and has already raised a few eyebrows. The device itself is full of beauty inside and out. It can help the wearer not only monitor blood pressure on the fly but also track your fitness (like most smartwatches) and monitor your sleep patterns. Even more significant is the cardiology, the device allows a physician to gather patient data and make better-informed decisions when it comes to treatment and care.
#2. Bay Labs, Inc.
Diagnosing cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) early on is one of the most challenging issues facing cardiologists and doctors across the globe. That’s where Bay Labs, Inc. comes to the rescue. The health tech firm leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence (or deep learning, to be precise) and cardiac imaging to deliver precise diagnosis and improved management of CVDs.
Bay Labs uses its groundbreaking tech to cost-effectively onboard and train more cardiologists and healthcare professionals on how to take and interpret echocardiograms in a snap. In 2017, the company was named one of the most promising artificial intelligence startups at NVIDIA’s Inception Competition.
#3. BioCardia Inc.
While it’s not a health tech company per se, we can’t help but include BioCardia on this list. After all, it’s one of a handful of regenerative medicine companies that are leveraging state of the art technologies to bring stem cell therapies close to fruition. BioCardia was founded in 1999 by the world’s revered cardiologist Dr. Simon Stertzer and his colleagues. He’s well known for being the first person to successfully perform a coronary angioplasty in the U.S.
At the heart of BioCardia is Helix Biotherapeutic Delivery System. It’s the world’s most advanced catheter that allows for targeted delivery of gene and cell-based therapies to the heart muscle through the skin.
#4. iRhythm Technologies
According to Digital Authority Partners, doctors and cardiologists have to know about 7 technologies that’ll shape heart health: big data, AI, chatbots, mobile-based fitness trackers, telemedicine apps, auto text messaging platforms, and telemonitoring sensors. And it looks like iRhythm Technologies read their mind because the health tech company uses wearable biosensing tech, AI (machine learning), and cloud-based Big Data analytics to redefine the way heart arrhythmias are diagnosed and managed. iRhythm Technologies’ mission is to become the go-to provider of first-line ambulatory ECG or electrocardiogram.
Founded in 2014, HabitNu is a healthcare tech company that offers a solution for preventing and managing heart diseases and diabetes. Their platform brings together online coaches, tutorials, forums, and community support for at-risk people.
If you care about your fitness, the chances are that you know about Fitbit. The health tech company was one of the early pioneers of heart health optimized wearables. Its flagship smartwatch, Fitbit Charge 3, now allows you to stay on top of your physical, mental and emotional health. Besides, it now monitors your sleep patterns, helping those suffering from insomnia, sleep apnea, etc.
#7. Cardiac Insight
As you can infer from the name, Cardiac Insight is at the forefront of cardiac disease diagnosis, treatment, and patient care. They develop body-worn devices and solutions that help speed up diagnosis and treatment. In fact, its latest product, Cardea Solo, has been touted as a wearable ECG system that can help reduce diagnosis of heart arrhythmia to under 7 days.
AiCure takes advantage of AI to visually confirm that a patient has ingested medication, which is particularly useful for the success of cardiovascular clinical stage trials. AiCure’s clinically approved AI system works on smartphones to optimize patient behavior and reduce risks associated with clinical research.
#9. Prognos Health Inc.
Prognos is yet another AI-driven health tech company. It leverages Big Data and machine learning in their devices to empower cardiologists and doctors with insights they can use to make earlier and more precise decisions to improve heart health.
Heavy smoking is one of the leading causes of heart attack and heart failure. NicoTrax uses an advanced smartphone app and smart cigarette case to help smokers effectively quit smoking and stay on top of their heart health.