1. Expanding access to healthcare knowledge
Access to health and medical information has become practically possible which was earlier not possible. Anyone with an Internet connection can find detailed information about symptoms, diseases and general health on specific apps and websites. In addition, startups and websites are dedicated to complex healthcare issues and making preventive, diagnostic and treatment knowledge easily available.Because of which there is less need for people to set an appointment with the doctor every now and then.
2. Building communities
The Internet is social. From forums and comments and social media platforms, we create and participate in communities online. Health-tech startups are building and facilitating community groups and networks for specific patient populations.
Individuals struggling with different diseases can find support, seek advice, access resources and share their stories with other patients facing the same issues. Family members and caretakers can also find help and support within communities facilitated by health-tech startups.
3. Increasing accountability
Health-tech startups hold both patients and providers more accountable. Health-tech solutions enable health data and every stage of care to be documented.
Apps and mobile health innovations allow patients to track their medications and receive appointment, prescription refill and dosage reminders on multiple devices.Patients aren’t the only ones who are kept accountable for their health. From general practitioners to nurses to pharmacists, health tech helps keep everyone in the chain of care accountable, reducing mistakes, improving care and saving lives.
4. Advancing research
Bio-medical startups are at the forefront of cutting edge research for cancer and other diseases. Health-tech startups are removed from the traditional big pharma industry, and have the freedom to innovate and take research in new directions.
These startups are receiving funding and training from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Their discoveries and new products are changing and advancing treatments.
5. Driving personalization
Health-tech startups, healthcare is becoming more and more personalized as well. Providers, hospitals and health systems can personalize and track treatment plans to better fit the needs of individual patients. Patients can personalize their personal exercise regimens, diets and health goals to fit their lifestyles.