Many definitions have been attached to being an entrepreneur, but the most common is the beginning of a business or organization in an attempt to make a profit. A difficulty arises when someone tries to make money in the world of healthcare because people at large find it offensive that someone would try to make a living off of the pain and suffering of another individual. However, that is not what healthcare and entrepreneurship are about.
Technology is helping the wave of healthcare to advance, but so are the doctors working with patients every day. Although there isn’t a hologram that can scan the body and project all the problems on a life-sized computer yet, there are simple devices that were created by curious and inventive minds. Here are some examples of what entrepreneurs and businesses combined to create that enhances the healthcare industry every day.
Addiction is difficult to understand and more difficult to treat, but some creative individuals have taken the treatment to a new level with forums, communities, and tele-care. Since addicts can check in with their healthcare supervisors from the comfort of their own home, there is less stigma or shame attached.
One curious business person came up with the idea of charting healthcare results so that they could be commonly understood. With the use of charts, graphs, and straightforward explanations of lab results, the information can more easily be assimilated into your medical folder by a doctor located anywhere you visit.
Genome testing is available from one company that takes the results to another level in order to help individuals that are struggling with their nutrition and weight. With personal nutrition ideas, DNA based exercise, and individual meal planning, the genetic services company hopes to be the wave of the future as people integrate their lifestyle with their clinical data.
For those that have Celiac Disease or gluten allergies, one entrepreneur started a company that used science to create a food sensor that can be taken anywhere. Using a complex chemical reaction, the sensor can tell if there is gluten in food that claims to be gluten-free. Great idea for anyone dining out that needs to know if there is gluten in their diet.
Biotechnology is difficult to understand for most people because using technology to manipulate the biology of an individual to create medicines, hormones, or injections is complex. With the help of living cells, companies like those Harry Stylli directed are beginning to develop materials that can help humans in their search for better health, stronger bones, and a longer life.
With the rise of health-related diabetes and associated health concerns, entrepreneurs are creating medicines that can control sugar levels and keep them more even for more extended periods of time. These groups are also working to improve the diabetic’s understanding of food choices and obesity.
Robotics may sound more technological than biological, but the two are combining in rather unusual ways to make rehabilitation more exciting. Using the body’s nerves, robotics has begun to develop methods to drive the motors using human chemical reactions. From care management to movement, robotic developments play a significant role in the future.
Combining pharmaceuticals, biology, and technology, some charitable foundations have begun studying cancer on a sub-molecular level to understand its stages. Since each step of the growth goes through is unique growth, chemists and scientists are beginning to understand how the many drugs on the market work for different phases of the disease.
Sometimes misfortunes lead to great inventions. That is what happened to one entrepreneur when he broke his leg. The crutches he was given were uncomfortable, so he made some that didn’t hurt his armpits when he walked. This entrepreneur has gone on to make many medical devices to help those in discomfort.
When one entrepreneur heard about the problem biotech startups were having to find lab space they could afford, he founded a large complex of labs that startups could get into. With testing centers, clean rooms, and a facilitator on-site, many innovations have been allowed to flourish into thriving businesses.
When you combine a medical need and an experienced doctor, the world can be changed in an instant with technology that saves lives. By creating an accurate detector to chemical threats, one entrepreneur is estimated to have saved thousands of soldiers’ lives. The same team invented novel ways to run samples for analysis using mass spectrometer instruments.
Each year new entrepreneurs delve into the mystery of the body and combine it with the latest technology to discover new ways to alleviate pain, study disease, and prolong life. Those same entrepreneurs are altering the way mankind sees the possibilities within the medical profession. It will be exciting to find out what creations, inventions, and technological advancements come in the next year.