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SA-based HealthLeap raises $1.1m pre-seed to build clinical AI assistant to fight malnutrition

ByJoan Aimuengheuwa

Jan 6, 2022

Dietitian-focused healthcare startup, HealthLeap, has closed a $1,100,000 pre-seed round led by deep tech investor, Fifty Years.

HealthLeap will utilise the pre-seed capital in hiring software engineers and data scientists to continue creating smart tools to help clinicians prevent and treat hospital malnutrition.

Founded in the helms of expertise across clinical diets, software engineering and product management, HealthLeap was built with a goal to improve global health through adequate nutrition.

HealthLeap is solving the problem of inadequate response to malnutrition across and beyond Africa and is building AI-assisted tools to enable healthcare professionals place more focus on this aspect.

Jemima Meyer, Josiah Meyer and Ray Botha launched HealthLeap in April 2021 and together, they built an AI-based clinical assistant product called NutriLeap.

The company’s products and services offerings include determination of precise energy, protein, and macro needs in one logical flow with automatic calculations and smart predictions, storage of patient information behind secure encryption, incorporating up-to-date clinical guidelines into decisions for the condition of each patient, among others.

The HealthLeap app is used by 50 dietitians in a private beta programme and has a waitlist of almost 1,000 dietitians, pharmacists and physicians. Although the company targets eradicating malnutrition globally, its focus is on the U.S. for now. This is due to the possibilities the new United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) standards unlocks.

In addition to helping clinical dietitians and other healthcare providers such as hospital pharmacists, physicians and nurses, identify patients at risk of malnutrition, HealthLeap prescribes daily quantities of oral, tube, and IV feeding to the patient’s ever-changing needs and treats patients even after discharge.


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