Given that diseases are constantly evolving, innovation is crucial to success in the healthcare industry. Each year, hundreds of companies develop new devices to improve human health. The most promising recent innovations include:
1. Edible Sensors from Proteus Digital Health
The human body is coursing with energy, so why not use that energy to power a medical device? Proteus‘s new sensor is made of edible materials that the patient consumes in pill form. The sensor uses bodily energy to measure heart activity, heart rate, and other important health metrics. It then sends real-time health updates to the patient’s phone.
2. Ginger.io Apps
This new line of apps measures patients’ activities on their smartphones. If the patient does something irrational, unusual, or otherwise indicating that he or she is unwell, it contacts the patient’s caregivers and requests swift medical attention.
3. Zest Health Apps
Administrative costs account for a huge portion of modern healthcare spending, so Zest Health seeks to simplify hospital administration. It offers Registered Nurse concierge support, health benefit updates, quick communication with employers and caregivers, and other services to quickly resolve medical and insurance issues.
4. Sproxil’s Drug Codes
Thousands of patients receive the wrong drugs each year, and many die as a result. Sproxil, however, has developed a system of codes to authenticate medications. Patients need only scratch off the label, read the code underneath, and text it to Sproxil. The company will then let them know if it’s the right product.
5. IBM’s Watson Computer
Modern cancer treatment is largely a matter of timing. The sooner the doctor catches it and finds the right treatment, the more likely the patient is to recover. The Watson computer has access to oncology data and experts throughout the world, and quickly giving physicians the information they need to diagnose and treat cancer.
6. Nanobiosym’s Diagnostic Machines
Treatments for HIV/AIDS are more effective than ever, but many patients don’t learn they have the disease until it’s too late. With Nonobiosym‘s handheld diagnostic machines, patients can perform their own HIV tests in a matter of hours.
7. AdhereTech Pill Bottles
AdhereTech has developed new pill bottles that measure how often patients take their medications. If a patient misses a dose, it promptly reminds them.
8. The LiftLabs Spoon
Those with neurodegenerative diseases often struggle to feed themselves, so LiftLabs has developed a spoon that counters that mitigates the disease’s tremors.
Modeled off business networking sites like LinkedIn and Monster, Doximity helps doctors to collaborate with each other. Over 400,000 doctors have already joined, and use the site regularly to share information and obtain second opinions. Each doctor is thus less likely to make a mistake.
10. The Ambir nForm
To ensure prompt, paperless, and effective data collection, the Ambir nForm contains a wide range of digitized documents. Patients and caregivers can sign the forms electronically, ensuring that all necessary paperwork will be filled out. All documents are then stored in an easily recoverable format.
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