Role of Tech Companies in improving healthcare

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Tech companies have realiszed how much they can contribute towards healthcare.

Google, Apple, Macintosh, and IBM all these companies showed much interest in medicine and healthcare. Google has made an advanced step with Calico.

Advancement of Tech Companies in healthcare:

Tech companies are making advancement in healthcare. Therefore there is an exciting collaboration between technological and medical companies.

Qualcomm; a world leader in 3G, 4G, and next-generation wireless technologies,

Walgreens; the greatest drug retailing chain in the US are collaborating to power device connectivity in remote patient monitoring, transitional care support and chronic care management.

Company Organovo, which works on printing out biomaterials, incorporates with L’Oréal to focus on printing out synthetic skin.

French beauty and cosmetics giant introduced its wearable sensor for measuring the sun exposure. It also notifies the user when they are about to get a sunburn.

German car manufacturer, Mercedes think that future involves driverless cars. Therefore, these could act as a personal assistant to the owners. They involve a great opportunity for the health sensors.

Medical Advancement

Contributory role of Tech Companies:

Google:

AI research branch of Google launched its Google deep-mind health project. It is used to mine the data of a medical record in order to provide better and more suitable medical facilities. This project is in its initial phase.

At present, they are cooperating with the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This one works to improve the eye treatment.

Google signed an agreement with Novartis to develop and market the digital contact lens. That the tech company patented in 2014.  Their idea is to use the lens for measuring the blood glucose levels from tears. The technology could completely transform diabetic management.

In the field of robotic, Google acquired one of the most promising companies in developing robots, Boston Dynamics, in 2013. Since then, they have only released a video about animal-like robots. So, we are impatiently waiting for the big announcement about their inspiring robot.

Microsoft:

Hololens is the augmented reality-based device developed by Microsoft. It has a huge impact on the medical fields. It could help the medical students do dissections for many hours without the pungent smell. Imagine studying anatomy by looking at the 3D body parts in front of your eyes.

Microsoft has also introduced its own wearable; Microsoft band. Its objective is to target the people who want to live a healthier, pure and balanced life.

Those, who want to acquire and achieve their health with a fitness goal by tracking heart rate, exercise and calorie burn. At the same time, the user can be notified with email, text and calendar alerts on the waist.

IBM:

IBM tech company has been developing its artificial intelligence-based IBM supercomputer. This has been used in oncology to assist the medical decision making  Treatment is cheaper and efficient in this system.

Another development is the IBM Medical Sieve project which aims to diagnose the majority of the lesions using a smart software. Therefore, it focuses on the most important cases for radiologists.

IBM and Pfizer in collaboration have developed innovative remote monitoring solutions. Their aim is to mold how clinicians deliver care to patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Apple:

Apple introduced the health kit as an app for measuring the physical activities.  Apple has also introduced other health trackers like the Nike fuel band, Withings or Fitbit to the system.

Apple has also developed iPhones within built-in healthcare sensors and trackers called “Health book”.

Medical Software Companies:

Public Sector

McKesson Corp:

Mckesson Corp software company works at multiple levels. It interconnects the patients, the doctors, the hospitals, nurses and pharmacists. They have an excellent role in providing solutions to the pharmaceutical industries across the healthcare industry.

Therefore this technology, in turn, can flourish the competitivity of the health industry and hence the better patient care.

Cerner Corp:

Cerner Corp software company is one of the most popular among all the reputable names. It offers numerous clinical solutions like in:

  • Ambulatory.
  • Continuum of care.
  • Critical care.
  • Device connectivity.
  • Emergency care.
  • Health system operations.
  • In the fields of oncology.
  • Pediatrics.
  • Virtual health etc.
  • It also helps in the optimization of healthcare processes. Moreover, other than the software support it provides hardware devices.

All scripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc:

All scripts Healthcare Solutions provides a diverse range of health care system solutions like the electronic record of the patients. It is the most effective when it comes to hospitals and health systems. Other than the effective electronic record, All scripts offer financial management, population health management, and precise medical solutions.

There is an efficient platform for physician-community interaction. It is one of the most important requirements for managing a patient’s health as well as the follow-up.

Quality Systems, Inc:

Quality System software company provides operating systems for administrative purposes. It provides the administrative purpose for the health systems, hospitals, and pharmacies. By the use of these systems and the applications provided by the system, the users can enhance the patients’ care.

Athena Health, Inc:

Athena Health is a software company which offers internet and services. It offers for business, billing and practice management solutions.

GE Healthcare:

GE Healthcare is a well-established name in medical imaging, medical research, and analysis systems.

Merge Healthcare, Inc:

Merge Healthcare offers help in health information transfer such as the electronic sharing of medical images, diagnostics, and similar solutions.

Computer Programs and Systems, Inc:

As the name indicates, it manufactures, designs, and supports healthcare systems. It also offers the management of clinical and financial information for hospitals and medical enterprises.

Private Sector

Epic System Corp:

Epic System Corp offers an amazing operating system to the healthcare facilities. This operating system provides an organized and well-structured approach to patients’ electronic data.  Therefore it contains all the information of a patient such as:

  • Complete bio-data
  • History by different doctors
  • Investigations
  • All the hospital visits

It provides access to all the previous medical records as well. This for sure provides an effective health care plan.

One of the very efficient ways of an epic operating system to provide help is the interaction and adding consult to medical specialists. It provides access to a patient’s information which can help the medical doctors. It helps to reach the diagnosis in a better way and manage the patient’s condition effectively.

The doctors and other medical staff are provided personal accounts which are password protected. This helps maintain patients’ confidentiality as well.

eClinical Works:

eClinical Works is a private software company that provides medical software operating systems. It assists in administrative management such as record keeping.  It serves small and medium-sized healthcare establishments.

Greenway Health LLC:

Greenway Health LLC provides administrative and clinical solutions for the healthcare sector.

Practice Fusion, Inc:

Practice Fusion claims to be the largest cloud-based electronic health record company in the US. It also provides solutions to connect patients, doctors, and data.

Future of Health Care in light of Tech Companies:

Cerner’s Senior Vice President of Population Health John Glaser at the 2017 Cerner Health Conference said:

The industry is shifting from reactive sick care to proactive health management, from fragmented niche care to a cross-continuum care system and from reward for volume to reward for quality, efficiency, and safety.

People of modern society nowadays are well aware of their medical conditions. They want to know all the precise details and want how their data is being used and shared.

So, the healthcare now is more consumer-centered. There is going to be the establishment of apps in which patients will have access to their records and can join the healthcare team.

Other than this, the Internet of Things can be used for virtual care for chronic condition management. Artificial Intelligence can be used for precision oncology and genomics.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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