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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Service lets cold and flu victims order instant medication from their bed
We’ve already seen dedicated services that aim to deliver specific health products to consumers as quickly as possible — such as Dr Ed, the site that gets morning after pills to those that need them in under two hours on a weekend. Now Walgreens and TaskRabbit have collaborated on a scheme that enables housebound flu sufferers to order essentials without leaving their bed. READ MORE…
Sexual health badges help potential partners share their STD status
Sexual health is a sensitive issue, and many people are embarrassed by it. However, not revealing your status to a bedroom partner can put them at risk of contracting. Luhu is a new service that gives members a digital badge that indicates if they have a clean bill of sexual health — or if they haven’t had a check-up for a while. READ MORE…
Keyring makes medical records portable and secure
When an accident happens, it’s useful for both witnesses and emergency responders to know if the casualty has any underlying health issues that may need to be taken into account when attempting to help. We’ve already seen France’s Code d’Urgence QR code stickers deliver health data to doctors, and now the MedicalKeyring helps anyone to carry their medical records wherever they go, protected by biometric security. READ MORE…
It looks like a cuddly monkey, but this robot tackles depression and dementia
Some cuddly toys can be deceptively useful. We’ve already seen Teddy the Guardian enable parents to check their baby’s vitals without making them feel uncomfortable, and our latest spotting is catering to the other end of the age spectrum. From Singapore, the Huggler is a robot in the guise of a cuddly toy that entertains elderly people, as well as detecting non-verbal emotions and diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. READ MORE…
Wise Words with Dr Josh Landy
While Instagram itself may be seen as a platform for cat photos, food porn and selfies, its photo-sharing foundation actually has practical uses in industry, as evidenced by the medical-based Figure1. Although it doesn’t come with a range of retro filters, the app is helping the medical community to pool its knowledge in a visual and engaging way, giving health professionals a real, living textbook detailing the symptoms of many diseases, conditions and traumas. As well as enabling health professionals to post informative images, the social nature of the app also facilitates medical discussion, education and sharing on a wide scale.
We spoke to Dr Josh Landy – co-founder and CMO of Figure1 – to find out how he juggles his role as an entrepreneur while still serving as an on-call hospital physician. READ MORE…
Defibrillator-equipped drones offer quick response for cardiac arrest victims
We recently wrote about the aeroSee Project, which is harnessing drones to improve search and rescue missions. The devices are now proving useful in another life-saving scenario – the Defikopter is a drone that can deliver defibrillators to heart attack victims much quicker than emergency responders. READ MORE…
USD 15,000 talking robot calms kids during hospital visits
Hospitals are never fun for children, and we’ve seen a number of initiatives to help keep them calm, frommusical dentist drills to interactive LED walls. Now the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada has introduced MEDi, a robot that distracts kids from uncomfortable medical examinations and procedures, and even aids their recovery. READ MORE…
Pen-sized device filters blood of deadly viruses
We’ve already seen how portable medical equipment can be convenient for both patients and doctors, with devices such as the ViSi Mobile System enabling health professionals to monitor patients wirelessly. Now the Hemopurifier is a small pen-sized dialysis device that makes it possible to clear patients’ blood of viral disease outside of the hospital. READ MORE…
With a snap, app identifies any pill
The internet can be a great tool for anyone to learn more about their health conditions and the treatments that may be best for them, especially with personalized platforms such as Medivizor. Now MedSnap ID aims to help patients to accurately identify pills to ensure they take the right ones. READ MORE…
‘Medical Instagram’ helps build a library of reference photos for doctors
The power of the visual sharing that makes platforms such as Instagram so popular has been harnessed by retailers like Ask CT Food to share knowledge about cooking, but could the same be done for the medical world? Figure1 enables health professionals to upload and share photos of conditions, creating online discussion as well as crowdsourcing a database of reference images. READ MORE…
Robot can perform injections better than doctors
Injections are never the most pleasant experience, but we have seen innovations to make it eaiser for those who need to take medication intravenously to keep track of their schedule, such as the Timesulin. Now Veebot aims to automate the process of drawing blood, making it more accurate and less stressful for patients. READ MORE…
Platform harnesses the crowds to solve rare disease cases
We recently saw Israel’s Medivizor platform aim to provide web users with more accurate health data than they would get with a simple Google search. Now CrowdMed is relying on the knowledge of a broad set of people in order to find out the potential causes of rare diseases. READ MORE…
In India, platform offers personalized hospital treatment packages
San Francisco’s BetterDoctor platform has already been helping patients find the best health professionals to see them at late notice. Now India-based Medeel.com is offering a service that matches those in need of surgery with customized care packages based on their medical records. READ MORE…
Outpatient aftercare process streamlined through platform
The creators of the Wellframe app have already recognized the need to connect outpatients with doctors to receive aftercare help once they leave hospital. With a similar aim, Careport is a platform that connects patients, hospitals and post-hospital care providers to make the process easier for those involved. READ MORE…
In Sweden, potential STD sufferers have their condition assessed with anonymous photo submissions
Statistics show that teenagers and young adults are almost around four times as likely to catch chlamydia than the general population. We’ve already seen medical bodies such as the UK’s NHS Hounslow offer chlamydia test results by text message with the aim to engage young people with health issues, and now STDTriage is enabling smartphone users to simply send an anonymous image of their intimate condition to a doctor, who will respond within 24 hours. READ MORE…