5 Companies Greening Healthcare With Telehealth Services

I do not usually cover healthcare, but as someone who now lives 40 minutes away from my primary care physician, I got interested in how companies are working to increase remote access to healthcare (while decreasing the carbon footprint of our healthcare system). The Health Resources and Services Administration defines Telehealth as “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.” Interestingly, telehealth has modeled itself off the banking industry. When the words “online banking” were first spoken, no one really knew what it meant or what it could do for them. Some people were doing it, here and there, but it had not yet penetrated the market. Once online banking became ubiquitous there was a tsunami of change — people could now manage money from the privacy and convenience of their own home. The online banking movement essentially gave birth to the entire self service industry, which has now made its way to the healthcare industry, known as “telehealth.” While not yet everywhere, telehealth is expanding into the $3 trillion healthcare industry and positioning itself to penetrate healthcare in astonishing ways. Subscribe Now: Forbes Entrepreneurs Newsletter All the trials and triumphs of building a business – delivered to your inbox. Microsoft has been at the forefront of the telehealth industry with their Kinect motion sensor, originally for Xbox 360, built to create an active and immersive game experience. This technology enabled users to control and interact with their console using gestures and spoken commands. It turned out that this human skeletal tracking system, intended to make games active and fun, could also be used for something called musculoskeletal health. “The Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK (software development kit) deliver key features and capabilities that focus on human and environmental understanding. Kinect enables true computer vision, using powerful sensors to see the environment in 3D, and to understand and effectively track up to six people simultaneously. The SDK includes the driver, runtime, APIs, device interfaces, tools and sample code to enable innovative companies to develop powerful solutions to measure human movement and behavior,” said Bill Crounse, MD, Senior Director for Worldwide Health, Microsoft Corporation. He added, “I have seen Kinect being used in applications for physical medicine and rehabilitation, pre and post-surgical evaluations, and many other medical behavioral health problems in countries around the world.”

5 Companies Greening Healthcare With Telehealth Services

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