Working full-time in the healthcare industry in the summer, I found many healthcare/fitness companies that really do cool things that help people.
The advisory board
The Advisory Board Company is a global research, technology, and consulting firm, a performance improvement partner for 180,000 leaders in 4,500+ organizations across health care and higher education. Advisory create performance technology products that tell members where their biggest improvement opportunities are, and how to get results. Advisory analyze thousands of case studies every year to find and share proven best practices. Advisory offers hands-on training to cultivate leaders and drive workforce engagement. Advisory provide hands-on support and guidance in health systems and physician practices around the world.
What makes it valuable to me is to see the up-to-date healthcare innovations and news. For example, recently articles rise about the transition to ICD-10. Other articles that I read recently talk about AppleWatch on hospital trials and he relationship between patient satisfactory and healthcare outcome.
Googling your diagnoses? STOP that! HOPE Portal developed by Children's Hospital Los Angeles provides the right information for the right people. For whoever wants to know about diseases and treatment with cancer and blood diseases, the HOPE Portal provides reliable resources and information that caters to your need.
The tabs on the top shows which step are you in the overall search. The four sets of filters are: role, age, disease category, and specific diseases. For example, I can pick this route for my imaginary brother's leukemia: Sibling - 13-18 years old - cancer - leukemia. After picking my needs, a list of resources that I can check come to the screen where I can learn about AYA (adolescent and young adult) programs, clinical trials, support communities and so on and so forth.
Remember the Marauder's Map in Harry Porter that shows every thing in Hogwarts? CenTrak does this in real life for hospitals!
Basically, you 'll put a CenTrak tag onto whoever or whatever you'd like to locate, and then this Real-Time Location System tracks all those little tags! Just as shown in the image above, it gets precise location of patient ID 1003. Isn't this cool!
Tags come in different forms for people to wear. For example, staff tags are horizontal or vertical cards that go with their badges; patient tags are designed to be worn with standard hospital identification bands.
If patients can know where their doctors are close by, they won't feel uncertain at morning rounds time. If a little girl see where her mum is, she'll know mum is always there for her. A major potential at hospital operational level is being able to understand the interaction between different parts simply by proximity. It should be able to reports how long and how often Physician A gets in touch with Care Manager B, or Nurse C is supposed to take care of 2 NICU beds while she is attending 4 of them. Thus provides data for the hospital to analyze and improve efficiency.
I didn't know the company name Withings until a recent project while I have long been aware of their classical smart watch, Activité. This France company builds beautiful consumer-level health/fitness products that help people achieve personal goals and maintain a balanced life.
They offer full range of peripheral devices including: Activité (smart watch), Activité Pop (smart watch), Home (security monitor), Scales, Pulse O2 (activity and blood oxygen level tracker), Aura (sleeping analyzer), Baby scale, Blood Pressure Monitor. These devices are wirelessly connected to a personal app that helps track and visualize data.
What's great about Withings is being HIPAA compliant, which opens hospital-level implement in the US.
Two Withings devices are reviewed in peer-reviewed papers: Pulse and Blood Pressure Monitor. Check out these two papers if you are interested: Withings BP-800 blood pressure monitor is clinically proven in adults article: <Validation of four devices: Omron M6 comfort, Omron HeM-7420, Withings BP-800, and Polygreen KP-7670 for home blood pressure measurement according to the european society of Hypertension international Protocol.pdf> Evaluated consumer-level products with research-level products article: <The validity of consumer-level, activity monitors in healthy adults worn in free-living conditions: a cross-sectional study.pdf>