How female foundresses heal with technology

An app for medical consultation at any time

To reach a doctor at any time should be possible with TeleClinic. Together with Dr. Reinhard Meier and Patrick Palacin founded the lawyer Katharina Jünger a start-up for medical advice, regardless of opening hours.

Health insurance companies and employers can book the service for their insured and employees. Anyone who wants to talk to one of the 300 doctors available for a short while will pay around 30 euros on their own account.

Some of these doctors are even already issuing eRezepte, which can be redeemed via the portal of the German Pharmacists Publishing in a nearby pharmacy. As a pilot project, the Baden-Württemberg Minister of State Manfred Lucha approved the digital recipes.

He says: “In the future, such approaches can make an important contribution to maintaining high-quality medical care in the future.” The overcrowded waiting room full of coughing patients is likely to be somewhat empty thanks to the innovative solution.

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Start-up builds apps for digital therapies

From sex to incontinence, a strong pelvic floor can improve a lot in life. The start-up Temedica has set itself the task of modernizing health care. One of her apps therefore trains the pelvic floors of her users – Pelvina offers courses via app and a physiotherapist as a contact in the chat. The course is reimbursed by more than 100 health insurance companies and regularly costs about 75 euros.

Founder Gloria Seibert and her Munich team go even further. With their online platform Mineo, doctors and therapists can create personalized treatment plans for users, Massono treats erectile dysfunction and medi companion supports patients with lipedema and lymphedema.

Seibert says: “We want to improve the medical care of patients and contribute to long-term health. Even though we have chosen a tough nutshell with the health care market, we are convinced that we will sooner or later have a permanent place in the system due to our significant added value. ”

A bracelet measures the female cycle

“When it comes to women-specific things, we often seem to get stuck in the last century,” says Lea from Bidder. Together with Pascal König, Philipp Tholen and Peter Stein, she founded the Femtech startup Ava.

Based on a clinical study at the University Hospital Zurich, the mission-driven founders developed a bracelet that measures the cycle and thus the fertile days of women. In contrast to other measurement methods, Ava analyzes nine different physiological parameters and has thus helped more than 16,000 women around the world to choose one, 50 pregnancies a day.

Meanwhile, the Swiss startup has offices in San Fransisco, Belgrade and Hong Kong. The latest version of Ava 2.0 even includes a “pregnancy guarantee” for the US market. Those who do not get pregnant within one year will be reimbursed the purchase price of around 300 euros.

But Lea von Bidder wants to further develop Ava: “The tracking of cycle, fertility and pregnancy is only the beginning of a series of exciting possibilities. We intend to further develop the technology so that the Ava bracelet can be used in the future for the detection of pregnancy complications and as a hormone-free contraceptive method. ”

If the data-based alternative would then be recognized by health insurances, some women could save the daily hormone bomb.

An app keeps track of the cycle

The mother of all Femtechs still sits in Berlin. Clue, the period app by Danish founder Ida Tin, continues to grow. Practical new features, fresh capital, an increasing number of users – the success story has so far attracted more than 10 million women as users.

These must manually enter health symptoms of their cycle into the app, for example, how severe the bleeding is or whether they have PMS. Unlike Ava is the offer first free, but measures only what the users enter themselves.

If enough data is available after some time, the app can also predict symptoms. For such functions users should then pay extra – that’s how Clue wants to monetize.

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