When Covid-19 struck, the use of telemedicine exploded. At Los Angeles-based UCLA Health, for example, the average number of telehealth visits went from roughly 100 to 3,000-4,000 per day between March and May 2020.
As with much of our “new normal,” consumers’ newfound telehealth habit won’t be going anywhere. Demand for telemedicine is expected to rise by 38% over the next five years as more and more patients become eager to take advantage of the convenience of digital healthcare.
Let’s have a look at how some of the startups are emerging with the technologies revolving around telemedicine:
A startup from Turkey, builds an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based platform to continuously stream patient vital data from the bedside. The solution integrates with the hospital monitoring systems via a purpose-built two-way platform that does not need any additional hardware. The platform features a smart scoring and alarm system that helps clinicians identify patients at risk or those who are demonstrating signs of deterioration.
This is an Irish startup developing a remote patient monitoring platform for telehealth. The platform integrates its proprietary device, a mobile application, and an electronic health record (EHR) dashboard that helps clinicians periodically track a patient’s vitals and movements.
US-based Synapse Healthcare Solutions
It provides mental health services and neurological care to hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The company’s solutions are incredibly useful in cases where fast response is essential, such as in the treatment of a stroke.
The Mexican Startup Lumed
It creates telemedicine solutions for healthcare professionals. These allow doctors to attend and support telemedicine consultations that enable direct, real-time interactions between patients and physicians through telepresence. The digital collaboration platform allows the exchange of medical information from different geographic locations to provide medical care to patients.
The US-Based Startup Assayme
It offers a digital health diagnostics platform based on an at-home urine test. The app scans the test strip and analyzes the discolorations of the reagents to interpret the test results. It then provides an average health score based on 10 health indicators. The solution empowers users with recommendations regarding a range of medical issues, such as diabetes, women’s health, keto focused diets, wellness, and others.
Regardless of how it manifests, there’s no question that telemedicine is the future of healthcare. Digital doctor visits and advanced medical software makes healthcare more efficient and more effective. Over the next few years, this sector will likely continue growing in new and interesting ways.