Tech startups across LA have positioned themselves as the answer to decades-old problems like buying a home, analyzing data and looking fantastic, but one industry in particular thrives by helping people stay alive.
Though we might be known as the media capital of the world, healthtech companies in LA are booming. From analytics and staffing to devices that can predict medical emergencies, here are seven local startups making life safer.
The problem: Pre- or post-surgical pain and anxiety
The solution: Virtual reality
VR is certainly on many an investor’s mind, but that doesn’t mean the technology’s potential stops at video games and virtual experiences.
AppliedVR, a member of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator (powered by Techstars) first cohort, uses virtual reality to help patients manage pain and anxiety. Founded in 2015, the company’s platform allows patients to take part in a guided meditation program or even play a game before, after or during a medical procedure.
The problem: Clinical trials
The solution: Artificial intelligence
Formerly known as Deep 6 Analytics, Deep 6 AI uses artificial intelligence to analyze medical records to identify potential clinical trials more quickly. Another member of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator program, the Pasadena-based startup helps doctors and researchers find the right patients for each study, allowing medical professionals to develop processes more quickly.
The problem: Brain injuries and disorders
The solution: Data science
West LA-based Neural Analytics made waves in April after raising $10 million to fight brain disorders, but the startup recently announced potentially life-saving news. After months of trials, the startup found that its Portable Transcranial Doppler Technology was capable of assessing early strokes with more than 95 percent accuracy.
The problem: Healthcare credentialing
The solution: Software
Yet another member of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator powered by Techstars’ first cohort, Silversheet’s software suite helps solve problems many people aren’t even aware of. Their platform helps administrators save time by digitizing documents and automating the medical records verification process, reducing the healthcare industry’s reliance on paperwork and eliminating errors caused by missing documents.
The problem: Medical monitoring
The solution: The cloud
Despite medical advances in even the most remote parts of the world, no one is immune from human error. Dinesh Seemakurty’s grandfather passed away after doctors missed his deteriorating health due to lack of monitoring technology. As a trained EMT, Seemakurty and his co-founder Michael Maylahn set out to find a remedy. Their startup, Stasis Labs, has developed a cloud-based platform that monitors patients’ vitals in real time without having to stop and take a pulse or pull out a stethoscope.
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