BusinessCloud is counting down the technology which could save your life.

When it comes to healthcare, prevention is definitely better than cure – which is where technology comes in.

One of the leading companies in the field is Qardio.

Located in San Francisco with a UK office in London, Qardio produces a range of healthcare monitoring devices allowing users to monitor their heart, blood pressure and weight.

Chief executive Marco Peluso, who has a background in hedge fund investing and banking, established the business in 2012 after his father suffered a stroke, together with friend Rosario Iannella, the company’s CTO.

Their first two products were launched in 2013. QardioCore is a strap providing continuous ECG, heart rate and skin temperature monitoring while QardioArm is a wireless and portable blood pressure monitor device.

Two years later, QardioBase was released – a wireless weighing scale and body analyser focused on providing smart feedback alongside traditional weight readings.

A smartphone app, Qardio App, supports the devices and allows users to track and monitor their readings and the brand’s products are also now compatible with Apple Watch, Android Wear and Google Fit.

There are many other firms changing the face of healthcare with technology.

Heart disease, one of the biggest killers in the UK, can be detected using Alivecor's smartphone system which takes a 30-second ECG reading.

One key area is ensuring that patients are taking the medicines they’re prescribed – which is where eLucid mHealth comes in.

Skin Analytics is a tool which aims to improve the survival rate for melanoma skin cancer by providing users with a low-cost way to identify moles which could be cancerous.

Florence is a telecom-based tech is looking to reduce hospital admissions and keep people in their homes for longer.

Dublin-based start-up Beats Medical helps to improve the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease.

And Eva Diagnostics is a company whose aim is to revolutionise blood tests so they can be analysed without a hospital laboratory - potentially improving the lives of people undergoing chemotherapy.

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