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4 Aspiring E-health Start-ups

Improving patient care journey, exchanges between healthcare professionals… Here are fourstart-ups that could promote the development of E-health and ultimately the efficiency of the health system.


In 2015, Safia Slimani, an emergency physician, created Medpics. This tele-expertise application allows sharing photos taken by smartphone of clinical cases between healthcare professionals. With this offer, Safia Slimani aims to remove temporal and geographical constraints.

When admitted to an emergency department, healthcare professionals can take pictures of challenging, difficult to treat clinical cases, ones that require the expertise of the Medpics subscriber community.

As such, this has been especially beneficial for some medical institutions hoping to remedy the lack of doctors specializing in certain medical fields. Some rules however must be respected: the photos are anonymized thanks to a retouching software provided by Medpics to hide the face or even possible tattoos. Medpics also promises the security and confidentiality of health data, which can be a problem if health professionals publish their clinical cases on social media or show them to their colleagues via SMS. Some health professionals also use Medpics to train, learn about clinical cases they are not used to working on.


Created by Dr. Jean-Marie Castellucci, this startup provides an application that, depending on the symptoms indicated by the patient, can tell which diseases he is likely affected with. This diagnosis is made possible thanks to a medical questioning algorithm carried out by a doctor. 

By indicating a symptom that the patient feels on a part of his body, a series of questions is asked, and must be answered with either an affirmative or negative choice. According to the answers, either the most likely diseases corresponding to these symptoms will be diagnosed to the patient, or he will be shown that the symptoms mentioned are not clear enough to determine a disease.

DocForYou has also launched a chatbot that can be used via the Messenger app: a virtual doctor will ask several questions to determine the condition the patient may potentially be suffering from.

Therefore, this initiativeencourages patients to see a doctor in case of symptoms. The company also provides a complete list of diseases that the user can learn about, as well as the adequate preventive measure that a patient can take in order to avoid developing certain pathologies.


After only six years of its creation, Rythm has already raised €45 million and as of June 2017, marketed more than 500 copies of its sleep band, Dreem. With around 70 employees between Paris and San Francisco, the young company has already launch the second version of its wearable.

When they launched their startup, Hugo Mercier and Quentin Soulet from Brugière, France quickly found strong support. Basing their solution on recent discoveries in neuroscience, the two Polytechnique students were pioneers. They quickly gained the support of Xavier Niel, CEO of Free, and Laurent Alexandre, founder of Doctissimo and head of DNA Vision.

To obtain a wide range of users, Rythm selected candidates to purchase its first model according to their profiles and sleep problems. Today these 500 users feed the database of some 30,000 nights to help improve performance. Our approach combines basic research and cutting-edge technologies, says Hugo Mercier.

“Through sound stimulations synchronized with certain sleep phases, it has recently been discovered that the quality of deep sleep can be improved. Our headband stimulates the brain and a machine learning program improves the relevance of these stimulations based on real-time analysis feedback.” Hugo added.


With Qalyo, the patient collects data on his or her weight, body mass index, physical activity, cholesterol, blood pressure and nutrition on a smartphone. Data analysis is then established by the startup and recommendations are sent.

The startup, created in 2014, says it wants to promote a healthier life style, so that people can stay healthy for as long as possible.

The health status of every user “is analysed according to the medical rules established by the WHO” Qalyo said. However, the startup recommends using “more specific analysis in the context of a patient’s follow-up organised by healthcare professionals or healthcare institutions”. We can show the data to the patient’s doctor, hoping this can help improve the diagnosis and treatment processes.

Craig Ruiz

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