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Health tech that will transform NZ’s healthcare

New Zealand’s 2019 HealthTech Week was a celebration of how technology has, and will, continue to transform the healthcare.

In New Zealand, high-value research is not only produced from the Universities, but also from genius ideas of everyday people, developing to address global health problems.

This Kiwi innovation is providing New Zealanders with first access to ground-breaking medical technology, while creating high-value local jobs.

As reported, six emerging health tech start-ups showcased their innovations as part of the Callaghan Innovation HealthTech Week activities.

The common aim for all of these technologies is to help medical professionals do their jobs better, reducing bottle necks so that they can spend more one-on-one time with patients.

The six emerging health tech start-ups

  1. The first innovation is about reducing female incontinence.

One in three women suffers from stress urinary incontinence. The innovation aims to help more women overcome this by improving the effectiveness of pelvic floor exercises.

The pelvic floor muscle exercises resolve 80% of issues for SUI sufferers. With the FemFit smart sensor device the benefits of these exercises can be extended to 94% of sufferers.

The device uses a patented configuration of sensors to measure profiles along the vagina, where users get real-time visual feedback on their smart device about their pelvic floor contractions.

  1. The second innovation is about life-saving real-time data analysis.

The innovation brings together the wealth of data created each second by what can be up to 8 different monitoring devices in ICU, for instance, to help clinicians make better and quicker decisions.

It can alert staff to issues that are happening to patient earlier, before typical visible signs.

  1. The third innovation is about digitally connecting elderly to loved ones as well as healthcare.

The innovation is a field-tested device that helps connect the elderly to people in the outside world in the simplest way possible, which is by using the TV and remote that they already use every day.

It is also a platform for delivering a wide range services targeted at this demographic, such as medication management, shopping or ride services straight into their homes.

At the core of the platform is the desire to improve meaningful connections for the elderly, reducing the growing digital divide.

  1. The fourth innovation is an AI-driven app for mental health.

Described as a ‘therapist in your pocket’, the innovation has made cognitive behavioural therapy digital to make it accessible to more people who need it.

Using clinically proven methods and powered by artificial intelligence, it identifies subconscious beliefs that are the roots of stress, anxiety and depression.

It will then suggest actions each day to manage these beliefs.

  1. The fifth innovation is about autonomously diagnosing cardiology issues.

The innovation uses artificial intelligence to autonomously analyse echocardiogram images, alongside the cardiologist, to improve the diagnosis.

This addresses the challenge that south Auckland patients experienced wherein they were waiting for up to 11 months for a potentially life-saving scan.

  1. The sixth innovation is the wearable muscle rehabilitation.

It is a new rehabilitation tool born out of research with elite sportspeople. It delivers Localized Vibration Therapy to muscles, ligaments and joints in a practical, wearable form.

It is the result of many years of R&D by wearable technology experts on performance enhancement in sports.

The vibrations are at specific pulse rates to increase circulation, boost muscle power, relax muscles or ligaments, and reduce pain.

The Agency

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand’s Innovation Agency. It offers innovation, R&D and commercialisation support, connections and co-funding for ambitious New Zealand innovators.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service. For more information, visit www.ibm.com