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Where Tech Meets Health

In an age where information is readily available at our fingertips, the fitness and health sectors have benefited from new breakthroughs and reports on the latest research. One area of health that has seen recent advances in understanding is the field of micronutrition.

Micronutrition is the study of nutrition for the human body at the micro level – involving cells, hormones and neurotransmitters – and its impact on improving health.

One of the pioneers in promoting micronutrition in the Asia-Pacific region is Symbionat Health. It was co-founded by Dr Samuel Kung, who is an active member of the world’s top micronutrition organizations, such as the Swiss Society of Micronutrition.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Symbionat aims to spread knowledge about the science behind micronutrition and promote the concept of lifestyle correction practices to prevent the onset of chronic diseases.

“We are committed to empowering the healthcare industry with technologies, assisting healthcare companies to grow together, and training healthcare professionals,” said Kung.

As a start-up company, Symbionat Health made use of the disruption throughout 2020 to strengthen its infrastructure and to prepare its development blueprint for the future. In the coming years, the team plans on expanding their services into Mainland China, Malaysia and Singapore, and Europe.

Here in Hong Kong, our healthcare sector faces serious challenges due to a combination of the rapidly ageing population, a shortage of healthcare professionals, and an increase in lifestyle-related chronic illnesses. With an ever-growing reliance on the convenience brought about by technology, and increasingly sedentary lifestyles, the city’s population has been developing some rather unhealthy habits.

Beyond these issues, there is also the dilemma in bridging the understanding between Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

“There is a big gap between Western and traditional Chinese medical philosophies, as well as a big gap between treatment and prevention,” said Kung. “These are both opportunities and challenges.”

Addressing some of the challenges also brought the company to join HKGCC, as the Chamber’s business network can help them to develop their market in the Greater Bay Area. It also gives Symbionat the chance to share their knowledge with members through the Chamber’s platforms.

One of Symbionat’s developments is the “IntraCell” – a non-invasive body check system that enables the company to scan a client’s overall health status within a few minutes, with precision and efficiency. This system has proven to be useful to help those in Hong Kong who believe that many Western medicines and medical procedures may be too invasive.

In addition, Symbionat has also developed its own smartphone app, which can be synchronized with an individual’s health parameters in order to customize personal health solutions.

The company has also been promoting its “Employee Well-Being Programme.” The Symbionat team will station in the client’s premises and use the non-invasive health inspection technology to scan staff members and come up with customized solutions, at both a personal and a company level. This programme also includes workshops that teach employees how to adjust their lifestyles and dietary needs, and prescribes exercise routines.

All of these strategies focus on prevention and lifestyle adjustments to tackle health issues, both in and out of the workplace. Ultimately, businesses can benefit through having a healthier and happier workforce.

Company : Symbionat Health Co Ltd

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