Many startups are emerging to make not only tracking your health, but diagnosing health issues on your phone a reality. Mobile health has already been successful in facilitating communication among medical professionals and in the developing world. And what’s on the horizon for healthcare is exciting.
As billions of dollars is invested into health startups by VCs and the likes of Google and Apple, many are betting that it is the next big industry to be disrupted by the little guy. Even the federal government is getting involved by trying to encourage commercialization of emerging technology. But perhaps the biggest gain will come from reduced burden on the healthcare system.
Performing clinical trials for small pharmaceutical or medical device companies is often cost-prohibitive and time consuming. CliniOps set out to try and solve this problem by leveraging cloud and social technology to lower the cost and time needed to perform these trials.
One big reason you need to go to the doctor’s office and cannot diagnose your problems online or over the phone, is the diagnostic tools doctor’s offices have. With Medwand anyone can have access to stethoscope, blood-oxygen sensor, thermometer in one. This could potentially lower the cost of the healthcare system on the United States for unnecessary appointments.
Physical therapy is often the most important parts of any operation that requires it, but it is a long process and one that requires regular visits and can be very costly. RespondWell is gamifying PT and trying to create a system where the work can be done at home
Too much of a doctor’s time is spent writing and transcribing notes for electronic health records and not enough time is spent with patients. Augmedix leverages Google Glass to interface with most EHRs to give doctors the ability to push and pull information from them seamlessly.