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Four digital healthcare startups to watch

 Digitalization has not only encompassed modes of entertainment such as movies and music. It has also made its way into the hospitals and the healthcare system. This has numerous positive implications for the industry. Not only will service delivery become faster, but it will also translate to a more efficient working framework. This is a most welcome change for one of the pitfalls of healthcare is that it is highly cluttered. That’s why the numerous startups that are popping up in this field are something to truly watch out for.

 

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Zocdoc is one of the pioneers in this field. On average, patients struggle just to acquire a doctor’s appointment. Zocdoc wants to solve this problem by giving patients real time access to their healthcare providers through their app. During their early days a few years ago, they were able to raise $15 million.

Force Therapeutics, meanwhile, is drastically improving patient outcomes by giving them direct communication with their doctors. They take it a step further by educating them through video recordings. They mainly deal with patients with musculoskeletal problems.

 

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The co-founders of Flatiron Health had a first-hand experience of what it means to fight cancer. That is why they launched their cloud-based startup which mainly focuses on the digitalization of oncology. They were able to raise an incredible $175 million in funding.

StartUp Health on the other hand has made their goals a little bit bigger. In a span of 25 years, they are planning to improve the global healthcare system by elevating the wellbeing of all through their network of Health Transformers.

 

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Many more positive changes in the healthcare industry will happen in the next couple of years or even decades, and most of them will be largely based on technological advancements. Thus far, hundreds of millions of dollars have already been spent to develop apps or tools that could streamline data management within the industry.

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Vigor and vitality: The healthiest cities around the world

According to the World Health Organization, a healthy city is a setting wherein there is continual change in the improvement of the physical and social aspect of the environment which its residents occupy. It will also enable them to mutually support each other in the performance of life activities. Ultimately, a healthy city is a place where the people within it will achieve the best quality of life possible. Naturally, people want to spend their days in a happy and conducive environment, and these healthy cities from all over the world are definitely making the benchmark so high for the others.

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In the United States of America, the title of healthiest city would go to Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida. This is based on the Gallup-Healthways’ Community Well-Being Index. When they interviewed the residents of these locations, they were able to find physical, emotional, financial, and social health satisfaction. It certainly is no fluke that they are in the top spot for it is their second year in a row there.

If the US has Naples, then Europe has Copenhagen. It has been dubbed as one of the healthiest cities in the world as proven by its track record. It is an environment which is nearly ‘stress-free’ because only 2 percent of the population are working for 40 hours or more in a week. This translates to residents having more time to do what they want to do, including more time for an active lifestyle.

Moving to Asia, the honor would go to Okinawa. The residents there are so healthy that they are beating the life expectancy average for men and women by a whole decade. It also has the highest concentration of people who are living to be a hundred or more (centenarians). They practice vigorous exercise and a lean diet. That’s why their average body mass index hovers around 18 to 22.

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Among Latin American cities, meanwhile, Havana in Cuba is perhaps the healthiest in the region. The country as a whole has a life expectancy similar to that of the US. Despite being a generally poor city, Cuba has a near-100 percent vaccination rate and health screenings are quite regular. Residents in Havana are taught about proper nutrition, exercise, and first aid from a young age.

In the world’s smallest continent, Melbourne boasts of a quality of quality that is matched only by a few other cities on earth. This Australian metropolis has been named the ‘most livable city in the world’ by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which ranks places based on a number of categories or criteria including healthcare, education, crime rate, and lifestyle. Melbourne is very clean, safe, and hospitable, with a pleasant weather, top-notch infrastructure, and absence of any civil unrest that plague many other urban centers.

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Health and economic performance have direct correlation. Improving the health of a nation’s citizens would most likely translate to economic prosperity because there will be more people in the workforce able to perform effective activities. Policy choices with regard to healthcare should therefore not be taken lightly. Countries with strong health and education conditions may find it easier to achieve sustained growth.

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Fitness advice for the elderly: Don’t stop moving

As one ages, his or her body will inevitably go through several changes—and often on the less delightful side of the spectrum. Such changes can occur no matter the circumstance, and they can get really incommodious as one nears his or her golden years. Apparently (and naturally), the elderly face more health problems than the younger ones. That’s why it is ideal (and often necessary) to keep track of one’s fitness throughout his or her life.

 

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For starters, everyone should watch out for chronic back pain. According to a study from the University of Sydney, senior citizens with back pain are 13 percent more likely to die due to any cause. This is alarming because most individuals think of back pain as a not-so-dangerous condition.  The researchers also stated that the intake of painkillers are not an effective means of treating the condition.  In many cases, such drugs can only lead to a few more conditions. Scientists are urging everyone to keep on moving and partake in a healthy lifestyle—one which involves a vegetable-rich diet and frequent exercise.

 

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A person’s joints and muscle power will eventually deteriorate come retirement age. Many physical activities one might have enjoyed 10 or 20 years ago many no longer be possible today.  For older people who have bad athletic habits, there is risk of unnecessary injury.  Their regimens need to be tailored according to their condition, needs, and goals.  Co-morbidities need to be considered as well. For example, in people who have arthritis, walking could be a viable exercise. Combined with proper diet, chances of age-related diseases are sure to diminish.

 

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An aging population is detrimental to any country’s economy. A healthy and able-bodied population is apparently what should constitute the workforce. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help people stay productive even through retirement. In fact, some of the world’s wealthiest individuals have remained active in the business and investment world up to their 70s or 80s… and these are people who place high priority on their health.

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