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Mobile devices and technological products developed by startups are an important aspect of many of our lives. With the rise of wearable devices and health apps, managing our health in the digital world is becoming a reality. In fact, with the aging of the baby-boomer generation, we are now seeing many more elderly people and these beneficial technologies are improving access to care as well as treatment outcomes.
Furthermore, a 2015 survey led by Salesforce found that 71 percent of millennial patients would like to engage with their healthcare providers through a mobile app. In order to illustrate this current trend, here are four healthcare startups working to improve our lives.
This startup based in California works on identifying people with psychological issues such as anxiety, depression or even substance abuse. They say that more than 50 million people in the United States live with these conditions and most of them go unnoticed. Lyra’s goal is to modify that trend with the use of analytics and screening tools in order to identify and offer treatment to these people. Studies show that employees with depression spend 140% more on healthcare than their non-depressed co-workers showing depression and anxiety to be key factors on workforce productivity and absenteeism. Lyra will help employers identify their employees with certain issues and help boost productivity by connecting people with the proper treatment options. They estimate that their services could save the US economy $20 million dollars a year thanks to improved productivity.
BioBots is a startup that uses a 3D bio printer to recreate organs. This next generation device uses blue light technology, high resolution printing and biomaterials to help create new body parts based on someone’s own genetic code. The use of visible lights to build tissue is ideal because it doesn’t harm cells compared to other traditional 3D printing processes that would kill them. Their primary goal is to build a low cost bioprinter accessible to anyone in the regenerative medicine industry like scientists, biologists and physicians.
This Dallas-based healthcare startup offers technology that connects hospitals to blood centers in order to guarantee an efficient stock of blood products for patients in need. For the hospital this means that they will have access to a database of premier blood centers. As for the blood centers, it connects them to hospitals in demand, nationwide, helping to ensure an efficient flow of blood with no supply shortages. It even aids hospitals (and patients) by preventing over-payment for their life-saving blood. The platform is easy to use, employs meaningful big data analytics, and connects these facilities in a much more powerful way.
This Minneapolis-based startup is primarily focused on helping elderly and disabled people remain autonomous and independent by controlling their surroundings like never before. The Reemo smartwatch tracks and measures health data while also allowing the wearer to control and interact with their home through simple gestures (for example). Their excellent presentation showcases the different possibilities of this device which is compatible with many connected home systems such as Nest thermostats or Hue lights. The first devices will be available by October 2015.
As baby boomers age, there’s no doubt that the number of healthcare startups will continue to grow drastically and make everyone’s lives easier. How do you think your life will be improved by the next wave of healthcare startups?
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