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Health Tech Innovation: Not Just for Domestic Consumption

by Caroline Smart, CloudView Editor

Health tech is one of the hottest startup sectors in the US, with venture capital and private equity investing in a new wave of mobile apps, devices, networks, and platforms that promise to make the practice of medicine easier, more profitable, and just plain delightful.  These innovations are revolutionizing the ways in which clinicians work and the outcomes experienced by patients. 

athenahealth is proud to partner with more than one hundred innovators across the U.S. on our More Disruption Please Marketplace, connecting providers on the athenahealth network to elegant solutions and services to their work and ensure their success. But the trend isn’t just for domestic consumption. 

Lest we forget the great contributions other countries are bringing to the table, here are three other heavy-hitting countries bringing innovation to health care’s international doorstep every day:

Japan

Japan has a reputation for being a country of prolific innovation. The country faces an aging population, with more than one-third expected to be over the age of 65 by 2055. As a result, innovations are leaning more toward assisting the elderly.  Triple W, a Tokyo- and California-based venture, is working on a wearable device that assists those with incontinence by letting them know when they need to urinate. Two Japanese companies, Docomo and Omron, are partnering to create digital thermometers which link to smartphones. This can assist women in monitoring their basal body temperature, which aids in tracking ovulation.

Australia

Australia has also contributed its fair share of innovative tech-based health care. Hervey Bay Hospital in Queensland was just named the first digital hospital in Australia. Through wireless technologies, a patient’s medical records, vital signs, test results, alerts and nurse call systems are combined and accessible to hospital doctors anytime, anywhere on site. By being able to access this information in real-time via mobile devices, doctors are able to make quicker and more informed decisions.

Cuba

Although a poor country, Cuba's population is full of healthy individuals with long life spans. This is due in no small part to some groundbreaking technological innovations, one of which is the CimaVax vaccine. This vaccine targets the growth element in cancer cells and ultimately inhibits further spreading of the disease. CimaVax has no side effects and is inexpensive—a major development in relation to current cancer treatments.

Caroline Smart is a Senior PR Associate and CloudView Editor.

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