If you want to launch or advance your healthcare career, you’ll need to bring yourself up to speed with the latest technology impacting the field. Being tech and IT savvy will give you a leg up in finding and keeping a job in healthcare. Here are four game changing startups that are on the leading edge of the tech-healthcare boom.
How cool is this. Working for a company that makes robotic exoskeletons for paralyzed people who can’t walk or have limited mobility. Berkeley, CA-based Ekso Bionics has turned electric motors and mechanized joints into a wearable, motion-assist system that replaces human muscles, tendons and joints. Soldiers paralyzed on the battlefield or individuals injured in debilitating vehicle accidents now have a way of regaining some mobility. If you’re a recent tech graduate or have some experience in physical rehabilitation, Ekso Bionics would be a great place to work, combining both rehab and tech in one work setting.
Paper medical records are going the way of the typewriter. And while expensive enterprise systems employing Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are a step in the right direction, San Francisco, CA-based PracticeFusion leverages the power and speed of cloud technology, which takes just minutes to set up and is far easier to use. It’s also ad-supported, so the system’s inherent economy means even small medical practices can take advantage of the technology. No wonder Practice Fusion is the fastest growing EMR community in the U.S., providing over 150,000 medical users with access to 33 million patients’ health records. If you’re a recent nursing grad with some tech experience in medical records, this would be the job for you.
Infertility affects more than 7.3 million women of childbearing age. Cambridge, Mass.-based start up, OvaScience plans to better the odds. This start-up, launched in 2011, uses patented technology to improve the success rate of in-vitro fertilization by enhancing the quality of eggs using woman’s own cellular energy. While mums the word on their technology, the company plans to initiate sites for a product study in select countries outside of U.S. in 2014. If you’re a medical grad who has specialized in IVF or have experience in the field, OvaScience may have a career path for you.
An ideal career launcher for health care grads with an IT background, Silicon Valley-based start up, Comprehend Clinical efficiently unites the growing numbers of IT systems that manage clinical pharmaceutical data--vital information that’s frequently locked in silos. The company’s analytical tool connects the many disparate systems in use today, allowing researchers to analyze data across an enterprise in a variety of ways. Comprehend offers its platform to pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations (CROs), and electronic data capture (EDC) companies. Comprehend Clinical™ can be hosted in the Cloud, obviating the need for costly installations and support. All data can be instantly accessed and functions out of the box with Medidata Rave, Oracle Clinical, CDISC SDTM, and others.
The healthcare field may be booming, but the competition is fierce. Adding IT/tech knowledge to your resume will keep you on the short list of candidates for jobs and promotions.
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