Healthcare Startups You Should Know AboutBy Hailey Robinson on April 3rd, 2014 /
Imagine a world where medical technology helps patients manage their healthcare information, catch costly billing errors, and get proper care when they need it. In that same world, medical professionals get paid for learning from each other and sharing their wisdom on a global scale. You’re not dreaming: That world is here, now. Here are five cutting-edge healthcare start-ups you don’t want to miss.
Do you know how much your family spends on medical costs each year? Simplee takes the hassle out of home medical accounting by keeping a convenient, running tab of how much you shell out for healthcare. With the click of a button, the app will also inform you of your deductible and HSA balances. Best of all, Simplee serves as a watchdog for billing errors, which occur on up to 80 percent of all medical bills.
Electronic Medical Records offer a convenient, paperless way to store important medical data. Thanks to PracticeFusion, these records can now be stored for free. This cloud-based medical record service makes its money from ads, not users. Over 33 million patients’ records now reside with PracticeFusion, and that number is likely to grow as more practitioners discover the complimentary service.
Eliza Corporation spent 10 years interviewing and analyzing patients and their medical behaviors. Through a sociological and demographic lens, the company determines which types of medical support/intervention individuals need the most. Whether it’s a reminder call to about a colonoscopy or a recommendation for depression screening, Eliza’s complex analytical algorithms pinpoint patient needs and implement positive solutions for a healthier world.
Who says you need to be in the same room as your mental health provider to receive counseling? This app lets people get the therapy they need on their own couch. Paired by the experts at iCouch.me, a therapist and their patient can converse via webcam for about an hour; rates run the gamut from $64-$90. About 5,000 patients use the app now, but as insurance companies and employers link up with this valuable service, the market is expected to explode.
Because doctors and nurse practitioners attend specialized medical school, patients expect them to have an answer for everything. When answers don’t come quickly, many professionals turn to apps like Medscape to help fill in the blanks. Doximity allows medical professionals to stretch their abilities even further.
The “LinkedIn” of the medical world, Doximity is a professional networking site where medical professionals share knowledge and collaborate with a global network of their peers. The result: Better service and care, especially for patients with rare and difficult-to-manage health problems. What’s more, Doximity partners with market research firms who pay medical pros hundreds of dollars per hour for their input.
Medical technology grows more sophisticated each day. Today’s doctors, nurses, and patients are blessed with a rich pool of resources that will continue to expand as time marches on. We are fortunate to live in such a world, and our luck — like our technology — can only improve.