Another day, another breakthrough in health tech. Keeping up with the ever-evolving state of health and medical tech is an ambitious and necessary task to understand the direction we’re headed in 2018. From ultrasound tech or personalized coaching apps, take a look at the health tech companies catching our eye in this edition of Next Gen: Health Tech.

iSono Health

A San Francisco based medical devices company, iSono Health is a health care platform that incorporates automated 3D ultrasound tech, with cloud computation and artificial intelligence, to empower women, health experts, and physicians with early detection and monitoring of breast cancer. The company’s compact ultrasound scanner captures 3D images through the automatic scanning of whole breast volume in one minute. This data has the ability to connect to various devices, from smartphones to tablets and laptops, and is transferred to a secure cloud for image processing and storage.

The company’s machine learning algorithm uses acoustic biomarkers to identify abnormal masses, and the platform’s automated operation and software then expands ultrasound use in point-of-care diagnostics. This data allows users and physicians to better monitor breast health at home, and in walk-in and mobile clinics.

Founded by CEO and CTO Maryam Ziaei PHD and Shadi Saberi PhD, respectively, iSono presents a highly innovative monitoring system for those who need it without any radiation or patient discomfort. Definitely keep your eyes on iSono in 2018.


Another San Francisco based health and wellness-company that has caught our attention is Optimity, a health platform that is designed to power wellness and habit coaching apps designed to fit the lives of busy people. Using native mobile apps and wearables, the company provides personalized coaching to users who build healthy habits with micro-actions integrated into their existing daily routine.

These micro-actions aim to prevent common chronic disease conditions and injuries, including depression, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, dementia, cancer, COPD, kidney disease, dementia, cancer, kidney disease, and workplace accidents. The company’s algorithm targets different user personas and relevant content for each sort of lifestyle, and uses a novel combination of attributes ranging from work context, wearables, life stage and more to provide personalized micro-actions.

Optimity programs have proven reductions for drug claims costs through predictive analytics using company’s historical drug claims data to do smart customizations of programs. The company has an insurer-back claims reduction of 180% in 2016, and plan to quantify further in the future. Optimity’s work actively helps users become less drug-depended, as well as less prone to muscular-skeletal injuries as well.

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