KPN continues e-health push with Sensara investment

Sensara

KPN has backed another e-health startup, with an unspecified investment in healthcare monitoring company Sensara.

The Dutch operator’s KPN Ventures took part in a €3.8 million funding round for the company, which is a provider of lifestyle monitoring services for senior citizens.

The platform provides preventative care and personalised alarm services, using movement sensors and automated programmes that detect deviations from behaviour patterns.

This can then provide status updates and alerts to caretakers through an application.

Reinout Engelberts, CEO of Sensara, said: “There is a big demand from elderly-care institutions, local governments and insurance companies for preventive healthcare and smart alarm services that can support the professional caretakers and keep family informed as well.”

KPN said in a statement that the investment was “in line with KPN Ventures’ strategy to invest in e-health and connected home services and KPN’s conviction that innovative ICT solutions can contribute significantly to improving healthcare services and increasing people’s autonomy even in the face of illness or old age.”

Engelberts said the investment would allow the company to scale up sales, continue product development, broaden its customer service and expand abroad.

KPN Venture backed Personal Medsystems, which produces health monitoring equipment for smartphones, in January.

Other targets of the Ventures fund have included cyber security, with an undisclosed investment in SecurityMatters in September 2016.

KPN also provides the E-Zorg network, which is used by doctors and pharmacists in the Netherlands to communicate.

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