Business meetings, educational courses and long-distance relationships can all be easier facilitated through the use of the internet and a webcam. Physician consulting is no different; telemedicine now promises to remotely diagnose and treat patients by means of telecommunication technology. While there are some drawbacks, including difficulty in properly physically assessing patients, patients can now access physicians across the country and receive medical opinions that would otherwise require a flight and other extraneous measures.
Often, health conditions are left untreated or misdiagnosed as a result of a patient’s limited access to well-trained medical professionals in their area. InfiniteMD, a Cambridge-based healthcare startup, looks to solve this problem.
How can practitioners hope to integrate, fund, and evaluate the constantly-evolving healthcare landscape into clinical practices? The ACC has an answer. Following the association’s first annual Healthcare Innovation Statement in 2016, members created the 2017 Roadmap for Innovation in November. The statement identifies three primary fields of focus: Digital Health, Big Data, and Precision Health.
According to the CDC, over 28 million Americans are uninsured, and approximately 70 million Americans are covered by Medicaid. There is a growing, unmet need for access to specialists and primary care doctors in medically underserved communities. The MAVEN Project is on a mission to change this.
Boston-based startup Nutrimedy connects patients and registered dietitians for virtual nutrition counseling. Its innovative approach to telenutrition landed it a coveted spot in the MassChallenge accelerator, which will begin this month.