We are happy to announce a new corporate member at the Chamber, Hela Technologies!
Despite new treatments, heart diseases continue to be a leading cause of death worldwide.
But it doesn't have to be. Hela helps patients change the odds in the
comfort of their own homes.
Hela is the Swedish word for heal or whole, and that is also the name of a new app
developed by the health tech startup Hela Technologies.
"We give the support heart patients need to take control of their health," explained Asmen Gul,
co-founder and CEO. Still, the dropout rate from cardiac rehabilitation programs is alarmingly
high both in the U.S and worldwide.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised physiotherapy program, usually prescribed
after a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, or heart surgery.
"Research shows how essential it is to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program,
but it is difficult when someone is scared and still in shock, which is common after a
serious cardiac failure," Gul said.
The team behind Hela has put effort into understanding all aspects of heart diseases, including
their impact on the patient's quality of life and its toll on emotional well-being.
After a thorough evaluation, Hela gives the users a customized program for a new healthier
lifestyle with supervised live-streamed rehabilitation group sessions, health recommendations,
"One group consists of eight users and a physiotherapist that makes sure the patient does the
exercises correctly without putting too much effort on the heart. The platform will immediately
let the therapist know if a patient has deviating vital signs," Gul explained.
The users also get support to improve their knowledge of their condition and how minor
changes could drastically improve the odds of avoiding future cardiac diseases. Further, the app
helps patients keep track of daily health parameters and understand what changes mean for
their health. One of the main reasons patients drop out from programs is lack of insight to how
their health is improving. We draw insights from data which only used to make
sense for cardiac nurses, and visualize them for patients.
The next step for the development team will be to add artificial intelligence such as computer
vision and machine learning, allowing Hela to even more efficiently guide patients to a more
Hela is focusing on the U.S. market due to the demand for an easy, efficient, and affordable
solution for cardiac rehabilitation, and openness for online health care.
Facts about the app Hela
● Live-streamed medically supervised group sessions
● Customized rehabilitation program
● Health advice
● Buddy support system
Read more about Hela here