Creating healthier futures for ill children

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Getting a business off the ground comes with inevitable challenges. Triumf is no different. It’s no secret that living a startup life is like taking a ride on the rollercoaster - at one point you’re enjoying the view from the top but before you know it, you’re hitting the bottom upside down at full speed, not knowing if it’s the end of the ride or just a lead-up to another high.

In 2019 we published our research findings (links below) showing the benefits of the Triumf mobile health game among pediatric cancer patients. Furthermore, we started our randomized controlled trials among various disease groups in Singapore, Finland and Estonia. And we are in the process of being listed as the first ever presrcibable digital medicine in Estonia. In addition to accomplishing many wonderful milestones this year, we were also selected as one of the best healthtech companies in Europe! 2019 has definitely been a breakthrough year for Triumf Health. Read about our journey to becoming a top digital health company in Europe.

In November, I spent an action-backed and exciting week in Singapore as part of the Singapore Super Week of Innovation with the Finnish delegation. Triumf was among other innovative companies from health, clean and fintech to participate in a week full of collaboration, networking, learning and research. Importantly, as we are part of the iCory consortium, we had an amazing opportunity to meet with local hospitals, introduce our health app for children and take a step forward with our clinical trials at the National University Hospital of Singapore.

November was a busy month full of travels for Triumf team members. While Kaari was in Singapore with Finnish healthtech delegation, Riin was in Oviedo and Kadri in Munich, all attending conferences and other events. This post gives a brief overview of those (very different) conferences that Riin and Kadri took part in.

Triumf Health was recently at Munich attending the Future X Healthcare conference - an event sponsored by Roche, a healthcare company focusing on pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Various stakeholders were present including investors, startups and established companies, all interested in learning more about the latest trends in health care and understanding where digital health is heading. Here's what I learned.

Triumf Health offers a personalised approach to improve treatment outcomes and empower ill children to live healthier lives by delivering digital therapeutics through a mobile game. But what are digital therapeutics, and importantly, what value do they bring for the patient and the medical team?

Health care systems, such as the National Health System (NHS), are challenging the way health services are provided to meet the increased demand for quality care. Among other thing, the systems have started to focus on reaching out to the patients, before they reach them. In its long-term plan, NHS sets out a wider action for prevention, including reducing obesity and Type-2 Diabetes. Moving from cure to prevention is a fundamental shift in health care, in which the system not only exists to treat but to help people stay well for longer. Why does it matter?

The Triumf health app has been improved with a new feature! We have added a new therapeutic Bubble mini-game that offers endless possibilities for relaxation and challenge. Although it is difficult to tell when playing with soap bubbles began, we know that blowing bubbles was already depicted in the 17th century. Taking into account how much fun blowing bubbles is, one could indeed assume that it must have started centuries ago.

European Health Catapult aims to shape the future of healthcare in Europe by boosting the development of top-notch European health start-ups. The best in three categories - digital health, medtech and biotech - are competing to become the best in Europe in their respective fields. But why are we so excited about it? Keep on reading to know more about our journey as finalists at the Health Catapult competition!

Hi, I’m Emile a 26-year-old French-American hybrid and the newest member of Triumf. Born and raised in Northern California, I have spent the past 10+ years living, studying and working between the United States, France, Brazil, the Netherlands and finally Estonia. Similarly, my educational background is just as diverse, with the experience of studying humanities in the US, business in Brazil and biological sciences in the Netherlands. I am a stark generalist and believe that context is necessary to understand anything. Therefore, Triumf’s interdisciplinary approach, ambitious as it is, is really what drew me to the table.

We're so proud that Triumf Health got invited to Madrid by the Startup Lighthouse team to receive TOP20 start-up award based on our participation in the program. It's amazing to get such recognition in the MedTech category alongside other amazing startups from Industrial IoT, Future Mobility and Traveltech industry. Congrats to MedTech startups SepTec, Innate Repair, Nocturne, OaCP and Radmol AI Systems for this achievement!

WHY

The change in lifestyle and nutrition in the society has been incredibly rapid and cardinal. In only one generation the childhood obesity rates have tripled. Statistics from Finland indicate that every third boy and every fifth girl aged 11 is overweight, at the same time one in three is overweight in the US. Alarmingly, obesity rates continue to rise among children and adults even though there are numerous intervention strategies developed to relieve this problem. Still, obesity continues to be the biggest challenge of 21st century and if this is not successfully handled, average life expectancy will decrease and the rate of lifestyle-associated diseases will increase. These estimates strongly emphasize the need to prioritize obesity prevention and treatment in this generation, which in turn allows us to shift the focus on the prevention of diseases. Our game helps kids with weight issues to find the motivation to control their weight, it helps them understand themselves better and teaches healthy behaviors that are necessary for all kids to stay well and energetic.

Last week, Triumf Health was in Israel as part of the Startup Lighthouse delegation with nine other amazing European start-ups, all from different industries. We spent five days deep diving into Israeli unique ecosystem, learning more about the history of the start-up nation and meeting people who have transformed the vision for technology. For Triumf, it was an amazing opportunity to understand the field of digital health and introduce our health app in one of the most tech-savvy countries.

We are glad to write about our new problem-solving missions and improved health-related tasks that take place in the Triumfland city on our digital health platform. Activity-based learning is an important pedagogical approach and we utilize this method in our Triumf health game where kids are getting new knowledge from the educational module and later on need to apply this information in different activities. This post describes how we have achieved this.

WHY

Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children. It causes swelling of the airways that in turn results in narrowing of the airways and difficulties in carrying air to the lungs. Allergens can trigger asthma symptoms that include trouble breathing, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest. Asthma management usually requires lifelong care, and like other chronic illnesses, asthma places a great mental burden on the patient. Our game helps kids with asthma cope better with their chronic condition, helps them understand themselves better and teaches healthy behaviors that are necessary for all kids to stay well and energetic.