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These health-tech startups were the showstoppers of Y Combinator’s Demo Day

The summer 2018 edition of Y Combinator’s biannual Demo Days brought together the best healthcare startups. Dozens of entrepreneurs had the opportunity to give their seven-minute elevator pitch to a select crowd of angel investors.

Among the hottest healthtech startups featured at Y Combinator’s Demo Day, these are the ones that really stood out:


Bot M.D. created a free app that gives doctors instantaneous information on drugs, complex diseases and even medical calculators. Two key features of Bot MD? An automatic voice detection transcription and a chat which allows doctors to have a secure conversation. The app has already raised $700,000 in seed funding and is being used in 52 countries.

Curebase developed a software that streamlines clinical trials by taking care of patient recruitment and letting drug companies distribute their trials to clinics. Curebase also eliminates paperwork. Health providers can manage all their data from the cloud, while participants have the option to scan and upload documents directly through the app.

Togg is another promising health startup. Its smart sensors are meant to be installed into nursing homes where they would make health predictions based on residents’ indoor activities. “It’s like a Fitbit that you place on a wall,” the Palo Alto-based company says. Similar in appearance to a smoke detector, these $150 devices could alleviate the impact of nursing shortages in retirement centers.

It’s no surprise that most of these startups employ artificial intelligence to power the digital transformation of healthcare. AI-fueled chatbots and software can’t replace human empathy, but they can help doctors solve complex health issues faster and better.

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