5 Technology Companies Changing The Medical Field

Technological advancements in medicine have been altering the landscape of health care as innovations converge in the information, mobile, and engineering sectors. This list, presented in no particular order, features companies striving to improve the field.

First up, at #1, is Aiva, a virtual health assistant that remotely connects medical professionals and caregivers with patients in hospitals or senior living facilities. The company seeks to increase satisfaction for patients with hands-free communication and remote control over lighting, temperature, and entertainment in their rooms.

"Increase satisfaction for patients, seniors, and caregivers with hands-free communication and room control using enterprise voice assistants."

Aiva's proprietary mobile platform enables caregivers to respond to requests immediately while working with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Requests can be managed via app and caregivers can program reminders and respond to messages, improving the experiences of both patients and medical professionals.

Next at #2, we have the Bionics Institute, a biomedical research institution that creates, designs, and improves devices that interface with the human body to restore impaired senses or other functions. The institute is located in Melbourne, Australia.

The organization carries out a wide range of research projects that may one day improve the lives of those with conditions such as hearing impairment, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy. These projects have resulted in the creation of several bionic devices.

Coming in at #3 is Amwell, a telehealth software platform that connects patients to health care providers via mobile app and allows them to communicate with doctors at any time for virtual consultations. Patients can choose from a database of board certified physicians, and make an appointment at their convenience.

Amwell supports medical needs such as urgent care, behavioral health, and chronic care management. Pediatric telehealth offers children access to expertise that may not be available where they reside, empowering parents to collaborate remotely on a treatment plan.

Arriving at #4 is Qardio, makers of mobile health monitoring devices that record health information such as body weight or blood pressure, and allow patients to analyze their measurements and forward them to medical professionals.

One such device is the Qardio Arm, a smart blood pressure monitor with wireless connectivity. It measures systolic and diastolic blood pressure, heart rate, and the regularity of heartbeats. In conjunction with the app, the device stores measurements in the cloud, and results can be shared with doctors and family members.

Finally, at #5, is Unbound Medicine, a company that produces mobile and web applications that give medical professionals and students convenient access to medical reference information via a digital publishing platform.

Nursing Central is one of Unbound Medicine's premier digital publications. This comprehensive mobile solution allows nurses and students to look up detailed information on diseases, tests, and procedures. In addition, a database of pharmaceutical information and a reference dictionary are accessible by mobile device, making it easier for students to learn and nurses to do their jobs.