13 digital health crowdfunding projects: connected CPAP, breathalyzers, mental health apps and more

By Heather Mack
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It's been a few months since MobiHealthNews last put together a digital health crowdfunding roundup, so there are several ongoing Indiegogo and Kickstarter projects to peruse. Read on for our latest rundown, which includes a connected CPAP machine, mental health apps, a small breathalyzer, and various other digital health devices and offerings.


Shae, which bills itself as “Siri for Your Health,” has raised $71,23 by 268 backers, far outpacing its $25,000 goal. It still has 16 days left. The app uses interactive voice and text conversation to communicate a personalized health plan via smartphone, tablet, desktop, smartwatch or any connected device. It can integrate with wearable fitness trackers or wellness apps.

One Drop Premium is a glucose meter with companion app. This one has almost a week left to reach its $50,000 goal and is currently at $38,031 from 179 backers. The offering consists of a lancing tool, drop meter, test strips and vegan leather carry case. The meter connects via Bluetooth to an iOS or Android application. Users sign up for a membership that offers 24/7 access to certified coaches and unlimited testing strips delivered each month.

Remora Tracking. This campaign is for a standalone tracking device to put on people, belongings or pets. Remora has 143 backers who have thus far pledged $22,276 of a $100,000 goal, with 32 days to go. It uses a built-in cellular signal that connects to a database using Google Maps. It started as a way for athletes to track themselves, but expanded to include just about anything. The device also has an impact sensor, which sends a notification to whomever may be tracking you. Users can put up “geo-fences” that alert the supervisor when those wearing Remora happen to move out of a preset area, like a preschool doorway, a yard, or anywhere else.

Airmony is a battery-powered hoseless CPAP machine designed with portability in mind. Five backers have contributed $3,447 to its $180,000 goal, with 18 days left. The idea came to CEO Jaume Palou after he had to cancel a trip due to an inability to carry and plug in his CPAP machine everywhere he went. Airmony doesn’t need to be plugged in, fits into hand luggage, and is purportedly user-friendly enough that it can be used by children. It continuously records physiological sleep parameters, providing data that can be stored on a smartphone or tablet, or sent to the doctor online.


WearSmith, a Bluetooth-enabled breathalyzer, is made by CoAsia Microelectronics in Taiwan. It has raised $2,929, from 32 backers, with a month to go to meet the $35,000 goal. The alcohol breath tester is a standalone device with a smartphone application that will analyze how long it takes the user to recover, counting down until they are sober enough to drive. The app will notify the user by linking to the tester via Bluetooth, or it can be used by itself, with the result shown on the OLED display. It’s designed to be slipped into a pocket or bag before a drinking occasion, and it only weighs 19 grams. 


nestCare
This suite of devices has raised $2,545 of its $50,000 goal, from eight backers, with 2 months left. The Bluetooth-enabled devices measure key vitals – a blood pressure cuff, smart scale, pulse oximeter and wearable activity tracker and medications reminder, come with an app for smartphones and tablets that aims to be a personal wellness coach and communication hub.

Mevo 
This fitness and health app for iOS and Android has 18 backers pledging $2,085 so far of a $20,000 goal, with 23 days to go. The voice-controlled app is aiming to replace several others. Tell it what you ate, what you plan to do for a workout, how many reps you do, etc. It will feature automated coaching based on goals and data you provide, quizzes and competitions, a library of recipes, meal plans, exercises.


Phyzit is a cloud-based solution for tracking the metrics surrounding transitional care management. The Kickstarter fund has raised $775 by seven backers, with a goal of $50,000. 35 days to go. Aimed at patients, hospital systems, family practice providers, internal medicine providers and cardiologist, the intuitive dashboard to track patients and help clinical staff stay on top of transitional care management deadlines or tasks.

Fit2U is an app to bring instructors of popular fitness programs and dance classes to the app user, wherever they are. It caters to the “non-gym-going individual” or those who are simply too busy. Eight backers have raised a total of $805 of the $25,520 goal, with 27 days to go. The app will connect users with an instructor in a variety of exercises or dance classes.

Alc Accounting 
This Kickstarter project bills itself as “An accountant in your pocket” – if the accountant only tracked alcohol. The mobile app has raised $625 from three backers, with 57 days to make its $10,000 goal. Alc Accounting is designed to keep track of drinking habits, whether its your blood alcohol content, calories consumed, or when and where you drank. The user selects the type of alcohol, then the specific brand or cocktail name from over 1,000 listed, the size and then scrolls through graphs, charts and maps to log everything about their drinking. The main reason the app needs funding is to cover the expenses of drafting “necessary legal documents for an app of this sort,” which includes privacy policies, terms of use and disclaimers.

SnapClarity, is a mental health app to reach a community with a suicide crisis. The project has 8 days left to reach a flexible goal of $25,000, $616 so far. The Terrace Wellness Group is working on the app to make therapy convenient and easily accessible to 100 kids in two at-risk Canadian communities, and it is crowdfunding to soft launch this summer. A pre-loaded smartphone will be given to the youth, with the ability to have an online chat with a professional therapist at any time. Healthcare professionals in the community will have access to the Terrace Wellness experts.

Never Be Alone
This is a heart attack app that works with smartphone and wearable heart rate monitor to constantly keep track of heart rate has raised $217 so far with a month left on a $50,000 flexible goal. If Never Be Alone detects an abnormal heart rate, it will initiate a countdown, and will end in a call to emergency services unless canceled by the user, family member or healthcare professional. If a user’s heart suddenly stops beating, Never Be Alone will immediately call 911 and dispatch emergency responders using the phone’s GPS. Medical data, current location and other information is converted from text-to-speech so the app can communicate over the phone on the user’s behalf. At launch, the company wants to include the Apple Watch and heart-sensing Fitbit devices. 

Warrior Distress App for Veterans 
These founders are working on an app to get mental health care to veterans, with the goal of ending the nation’s current rate of 22 veteran suicides per day by getting distressed veterans in touch with a peer counselor via text, email or phone. No one has pledged any money yet for this Kickstarter fund, which has 42 days to go to reach its $14,000 goal. NIKE HYPERLIVE EP