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Top Healthcare Startups In MENA- Making A Difference

Top Healthcare Startups In MENA- Making A Difference

According to Al Masah Capital’s “MENA Healthcare Sector” study, the MENA region has numerous acute healthcare issues, including access, quality, and cost of healthcare. According to the World Bank, noncommunicable illnesses such as diabetes and obesity are expected to account for 87% of all deaths in the GCC by 2030 and 81% in other MENA countries. As a result, a slew of entrepreneurs and companies have emerged to address these issues by utilising technology to create a range of models and solutions, particularly in the field of health.

Here are some of the best MENA startups in the area, embracing innovations in healthcare

1. AlemHealth

AlemHealth, founded in 2014 by Sajjad Kamal and Aschkan Abdul-Malek, is an online platform that connects developing-country hospitals with a worldwide network of medical experts and services. The startup’s GPU-powered AlemBox enables clinicians at hospitals and diagnostic clinics in Kabul, Afghanistan, to instantly access a global network of radiologists and specialists for accurate diagnosis. Furthermore, by offering these IT services through a 3G mobile connection, it overcomes restrictions on energy and the communication infrastructure. The local facility must first upload pictures to the AlemBox before it can be used. The processor swiftly analyses huge digital files, which are subsequently transferred via mobile connection to an expert in the United States, Europe, or India via AlemHealth’s low-bandwidth protocols.

In as little as 90 minutes, the professionals will analyze the pictures and provide a diagnosis. AlemHealth was the first UAE-based business to be accepted into the famous New York-based start-up incubator Startup Health in February 2015, and the company expanded to Lagos, Nigeria, early last year, with ambitions to reach the Iraq and Sudan markets next. Machine learning techniques are also being used by the team to add additional intelligence to the data sets they are creating from pictures, patient histories, and treatment plans. AlemHealth has received a yearly seed investment since 2015, with the most recent seed money coming in March from Y Combinator.

2. Shezlong

Shezlong (a derivation of the French term “chaise lounge”), founded in Egypt in 2015, is an inexpensive and anonymous psychotherapy platform that connects customers with professional, licensed therapists via a mobile application and website. Ahmed Abu el-Haz and psychiatrist Mohamed El-Shamy collaborated to create the platform, where 14,000 patients from 45 countries, including not just Arab nations but also the United Kingdom and Australia, currently seek therapy via online videoconference therapy sessions and online chatrooms.

To gain access to these sessions, customers must first visit the website, where they will be asked which language they prefer. They can then choose from 88 therapists based on their situation, as well as the therapists’ prices and specializations. Clients can then send a message to the therapist or set up a visual session appointment, which costs between LE50 (3$) and LE400 (22$ per hour, depending on the therapist’s fees).

3. CardioDiagnostics

CardioDiagnostics, founded in 2012 in the United States by Ziad Sankari, is a medical technology business specializing in the development of cardiac monitoring devices and services for doctors and patients. LifeSense Arrhythmia from CardioDiagnostics is a portable wireless monitoring device that automatically detects, records, and sends a variety of cardiac events wirelessly, allowing clinicians to constantly monitor patients for any abnormalities in real-time for up to 30 days.

Cables link the gadget to electrodes, which are attached to the patient’s body and monitor the heart from various angles. It also has a GPS monitor, which enables quick medical help. The business has also created a software platform called CloudBeat that allows medical practitioners to monitor patients’ hearts, generate medical reports, and use cardiac data to make a quick and accurate diagnosis. The platform is also the first HIPAA-compliant, hardware-agnostic cloud-based cardiac monitoring system available on any internet-connected device on the globe.

President Obama acknowledged Ziad at the White House in May 2015, praising his company’s efforts to save lives. CardioDiagnostics is a Berytech Capital I portfolio company that received a seed fund of $540K in 2015 and proceeded through the International Acceleration Phase at the UK Lebanon Tech Hub in London. Currently, the United States accounts for the majority of CardioDiagnostics’ revenue, followed by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Lebanon, with Turkey next on the expansion agenda.

4. Health At Hand

Health at Hand, a telemedicine business located in Dubai, is opening up new avenues for people to seek medical treatment. Since 2015, the firm has run a platform that allows patients and certified physicians to meet through live video. Health at Hand helps patients reduce appointment wait times by making these services available on mobile devices, allowing them to receive treatment whenever and wherever they need it. Patients with non-emergency medical concerns can be treated by certified physicians at Health at Hand. During consultations, physicians collaborate with each patient to design the most effective therapy for their illness, allowing them to feel better faster.

5. Medisafe

Medisafe’s team is reshaping the world of medication for patients throughout the Middle East and beyond. Omri and Rotem Shor, the startup’s founders, came up with the idea when their father accidentally took a double dose of insulin. The brothers built a digital platform that works as a pharmaceutical manager to assist patients like him in adhering to their prescription regimens. The website allows users to examine their prescriptions, doses, and schedules, as well as send reminders, ensuring that they never miss a dose or take more than they should. The platform may give important data on patients’ adherence to drug regimens, comorbidities, and other critical information to healthcare providers.

6. Vezeeta

Vezeeta, which serves users in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon, makes it easier for people to discover healthcare providers and book appointments. Instead of asking friends and family for medical recommendations, people may utilize Vezeeta to quickly connect with doctors in their region. Users may use the site’s search tool to enter their location, kind of insurance, and the sort of medical professional they want to visit. Vezeeta then gives a list of available doctors as well as patient feedback.

Users may make an appointment with a doctor immediately after selecting one. This not only removes the need for patients to waste time waiting for available appointments but also cuts down on the amount of time they spend in the waiting area. Healthcare organizations across the area have shifted their attention to innovation in order to satisfy the requirements. This trend has spawned a slew of game-changing businesses that make it simpler for patients to seek care and maintain their health.

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