Next-generation patient care
With technology promising to help improve global health, companies using artificial intelligence to contribute to the cause are on the rise.
Startups and entrepreneurs backed by Concordia’s District 3 Innovation Hub are among those at the centre of AI and health care. District 3 provides tools, programs and mentorship to help startups make critical advancements with a global impact.
Meet three successful businesses making their mark on the future of medicine.
With the help of AI, Plakk quickly analyzes medical images to accurately predict how dangerous a plaque — the buildup of cholesterol or fat — is on artery walls. Geared towards prediction and prevention, it can detect areas for concern early by marking medical images, allowing for researchers and clinicians to then take action sooner.
Continuous monitoring can go a long way in improving everyday health — and can also anticipate future concerns. Vital Tracer, co-founded by Zahra Zangenehmadar, PhD 16, does just that with a smartwatch designed to help prevent cardiovascular disease.
The watch uses multiple sensors to constantly track, record and analyze a wearer’s biological signals, which are then translated into vital-sign measurements such as blood pressure, heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. It can also help with home-care monitoring, sending out alerts to caregivers if signals start to become unusual and concerning.
Approximately 280 million people globally suffer from depression — one of the most common forms of mental illness — says the World Health Organization. Aifred Health aims to better manage and personalize the treatment of depression with the help of AI.
Using an app powered by machine learning, users are sent a short weekly questionnaire that helps assess their mental health. The AI collects and analyzes the data and uses it to make adjustments, anticipate remissions and determine optimal treatment.