Japan Ahead on Home Healthcare

October 7, 2021


Portable home health lab launch is a potential turning point for Japanese healthcare startup Bisu

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things when it comes to the way health care works. It has forced experts and patients to rely more on technology. Setting Japan ahead on home healthcare.

In some areas, it has been a blessing. For example, a few psychiatrists have reported hearing more often from their patients, thanks to telehealth. The use of telehealth was multiplied by 38 since the pandemic started.

The number was even higher in April 2020, but things have stabilized in recent months.

Bisu raises $4.3 million for lab-on-a-chip device

Some companies are sensing the momentum in this field and are trying to invest in delivering more services.

That is the case of Japanese healthcare startup Bisu, which has raised $3.2 million in the latest seed round for a lab-testing device that can be used at home for diagnostics. Observers say there will be a rise in the production of similar devices.

The ultimate goal is to provide better care for patients and offer options that will empower them more in the process. With the money raised that has reached a total of $4.3 million, the company will launch Bisu Body Coach, a portable home lab.

The lab-on-a-chip testing device will use saliva and urine, and from the data, patients will receive nutrition and lifestyle tips that correspond to their situation. Results will be available in just two minutes. The test stick and its reader are linked to a smartphone app.

Bisu Body Coach is hoping to ride a wave | JAPAN AHEAD ON HOME HEALTHCARE

The innovation in this area is appealing to many, which explains why investors rushed on the opportunity. Moreover, a partnership with sports equipment designer ASICS confirms that this is just the beginning and that the potential is real.

Bisu Body Coach is set to hit the U.S. and European markets in 2022. It is currently in the beta phase in those places.

The industry is expected to grow exponentially in the upcoming years, and the possibilities are almost limitless. The concept of health care has changed in the past year, and businesses are determined to catch the wave. Waiting rooms are shrinking, and mobile health care services are on the rise. Many experts say things are probably never going back to the pre-pandemic era.

Despite rapid rise, telehealth still faces challenges

While telehealth is promising and has helped many new people, it has also confirmed the urban-rural divide that exists in developed countries when it comes to access to the digital world.

In rural areas, full access to technology is lacking. Forty percent of people in Mississippi cannot connect to the Internet. Some are pushing the federal government to invest more in this area.

However, with a U.S. Senate split 50-50, consensus on major legislative endeavors is hard to reach. It will also take time for those who provide telehealth services to gain the trust of patients.

While telehealth has been on the rise, patient satisfaction is declining because it takes time to familiarize with a new system.

Patients say that the services are still limited, and the level of care is not constant.

However, people, who were asked, said telehealth is very convenient and safe.

Despite a few minor setbacks, telehealth is seen as the future for many.

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