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Who Is Transforming Healthcare Today?
Healthcare’s future is going to be determined by the companies and individuals who are able to innovate, find new treatments, improve how information is shared, and make everything more cost-effective and accessible to the average person. With costs literally spiraling out of control and fewer people being able to access the level of healthcare they need, these companies are helping to make the dream of finding the right treatment a reality.
Here are the top innovators in the healthcare industry today:
Epocrates: Nearly 200,000 people died last year because of basic medical errors, such as drug interactions, because of a lack of information available at the time of treatment. Epocrates is a mobile application that is available on all smartphones and tablets, no matter what platform they run, and connects users with drug-to-drug information from an interaction standpoint. With over 1 million active users and half of them registered physicians, it is estimated that nearly 16 million negative drug interactions were prevented in the last year alone thanks to Epocrates.
SafePoint: Because of the rising costs of healthcare supplies, some communities are finding that their medical providers are recycling their medical supplies. SafePoint works to help educate providers and the general public about the importance of not using recycled needles by providing affordable, single-use syringes. Almost 3 people die every minute around the world because of unsafe injections, and those that don’t die often find that they’ve become infected with HIV or a form of Hepatitis.
GE: GE has a product on the healthcare market today called VSCAN. It is a palm-sized ultrasound machine that will allow doctors the ability to quickly check out someone displaying severe symptoms so they can have a more immediate access to the advanced levels of healthcare they may need. It is perfect for pediatric applications, while it also gives an efficient response to cardiac, abdomen, and OB/GYN concerns a patient may have.
Ossur: Smart prosthetics are the future of being able to help amputees live a more normal life. Ossur designs prosthetics that are adaptable to each person’s unique lifestyle and gait, making them usable on many different types of terrain. Thought control is the future of prosthetics, and when combined with the smart computer technology of Ossur, realistic limbs are not far off.
Athena Health: Using a cloud-based system, Athena Health is working to make access to healthcare records be universal. Nearly 40,000 providers are currently using the system already, and those that are have found that they have increases in revenue, more overall patients, and fewer no-shows. That’s because these providers have the ability to access more data, provider a better diagnosis, and give an overall better level of care.
Voxiva: Many people end up forgetting appointments, not realizing they need an appointment, or are just generally unaware of symptoms they should be on the watch for. Voxiva sends out text-alert reminders and messages, while also providing education on diseases like diabetes to pediatric health.