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August 28, 2015

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Categories: Health, Technology

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Tech Companies Bring Disruptive Thinking to Health Care

Google is no stranger to making headlines, but the recent reshuffle to a holding company model – under the Alphabet umbrella – and spinoff of the Life Sciences Unit has no doubt piqued the attention of the health care industry. Google has been working for a few years to establish a solid presence in health. Remember Google Flu Trends and Google Health? Or the use of Google Glass by surgeons in the OR? In fact, health is an area of passion for co-founders Sergey Brin, whose mother suffers from Parkinson’s disease and Larry Page, who struggles with vocal cord paralysis. In 2013, the company created the Life and Sciences division at Google X, with the goal of developing major health care innovations. Since then, we’ve seen the creation of Calico, focused on the biology of aging; Google Ventures, which has invested more than one-third of its funds in health care; and a slew of partnerships with big pharma – most notably, the collaboration with Novartis to develop a smart contact lens for diabetes. All signs point to the fact that we should be taking this announcement seriously. But Google isn’t the first, and certainly not the only, tech company toContinue Reading

May 7, 2015

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Categories: Digital and Social Media, Health

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Companies Launch New and Evolved Digital Health Platforms at ATA 2015

Companies have been battling for years to dominate the digital health space, and identify how health care and technology can converge to provide more options to physicians and health systems, and ultimately, better care for patients. At this year’s American Telemedicine Association (ATA) conference, it was clear that many companies have joined this race and that the end goal is continuing to evolve. Triaging care sooner The traditional story around digital health is moving health care from the hospitals and into the home, where the patient already is. Now, digital health companies have identified a new entry point to deploy digital health technologies – in the ambulance and among first responders. Companies like swyMed and ViTel Net have identified ways to connect first responders to the point of care while the patient is in transit, thus eliminating the need to debrief the ER upon arrival and thereby allowing diagnosis and treatment to begin sooner. The Uber model for health care Patients can now connect to their doctor on-demand, from the comfort of their home via a mobile device. Teladoc and Doctor on Demand are well known for these types of services, and newcomers such as SnapMD continue to grow theContinue Reading