From bionic organs to medical documents the average joe can read – How Tech Startups have Reshaped Health Care
Launch Wisconsin Technology and Startup Conference aims to connect hungry Startups and Entrepreneurs with opportunities for innovation. While not all advances in technology are obvious and immediately apparent, no other industry has seen exponential improvements like that of modern medicine. Advancements in medicine have immediate effects on the comfort and well-being of our everyday lives, and the healthcare industry is brimming with opportunity to continue to innovate.
Obviously, wearable technology has been around for some time, starting with FitBit-esque health monitors and advancing into smart wearables like the Apple watch. Wearable technologies can do more than just track our steps or heart rates. Wearables can now track movements, oxygen saturation of the blood and blood pressure, the likelihood of stroke or seizure, stability of the respiratory system, etc.
Medical care providers are still tasked with performing tedious tests and collecting data that is often skewed by subjective patient responses. The solution? Wearables! Wearable systems effectively collect medical data unobtrusively and reliably over extended periods of time. Wearable technology allows care providers to gather real-time data from patients and make informed, quick decisions based on medical data. Wearables also allow doctors to monitor patients’ state remotely, allowing patients to recover in the comfort of their homes, preventing further illnesses from hospital stays and shortening recovery times.
It’s not a secret that wearables will continue to be in the foreground of the minds of the tech giants. For example, Apple recently acquired Gliimpse, the startup that aimed to transform the complex, jargon-heavy medical data of medical records and turn it into easy-to-read profiles and charts. Gliimpse also has plans to act as a personal health platform, collecting fitness and health info to allow users to log and track their health info in an understandable format.
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The Other Kind of Wearables – Bionics and Artificial Organs
Bionics and artificial organs are a different kind of wearable that perform in a similar manner to wearable monitors. Technology advancements in 3D printing and real-time biological/mechanical communication have allowed researchers to create working human organs and develop thought-controlled bionic limbs.
For example, technology advancements have allowed researchers to design an artificial heart call The SynCardia artificial heart, which has already been used in 1250 patients desperately awaiting heart transplants. The device allows people to comfortably live at home and even exercise while they await transplantation. The FDA just gave SynCardia the green light to study whether the device could be a permanent solution in people for whom transplant isn’t an option.
Our friends over at The Verge featured a piece about a man who received the SynCardia heart as a permanent heart replacement. Read about his journey here.
Do you ever wish you could FaceTime your doctor from the comfort of your house instead of going in to see your doctor? Advances in real-time communication, such as video chats and instant messaging, have impacted more than just our office productivity and telecommuting options. Certified physicians can now reach their patients via the same technology that allows for video conferencing, rendering the doctor “house calls” now totally obsolete. Video chat can be immensely helpful for bed-ridden patients, parents of children with serious illnesses, or even emergency situations. Want to test it out? Check out Doctor On Demand.
Startups have also discovered the major need for innovation in indirect medical sectors as well as hands-on care. Aimed at organizing, streamlining, and simplifying jargon-heavy and fragmented medical records, startups like Aver are taking electronic medical records one step further. Users can input their medical information, get simplified reports and a clear understanding of healthcare procedures, and receive easy-to-read billing and payment options. By reinventing medical documentation methods of the past, startups like these continue to improve the well-being of medical patients around the world.
Many of the advancements in the medical industry today have come to life due to the tech startups and entrepreneurs that set out to improve the well-being of others. Hungry for more innovation? Don’t miss the Launch Wisconsin Tech and Startup Conference 2016!