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Medic Mobile

Isaac Holeman, Josh Nesbit, and Nadim Mahmud created Medic Mobile a company that connects medical mission organizations in developing countries. Medic Mobile is being used in over twenty countries over 16,000 health workers use the information it provides. Medic mobile is an example of a social entrepreneurship venture that is capable of tracking disease outbreaks, resource levels, emergency or danger broadcasting, and pregnancy registration. This data provides statistical data that allows for trends to be determined, which can effect future action plans. The data is accumulated by many organizations thus creating a network which is more powerful than one organization alone. The three co-founders of Medic Mobile founded the company after conducting pediatric AIDS research in Malawi. They came across a physician that was frustrated with the disorganization of relief efforts. The physician served so many, and felt that treatment plans could be developed from trends. Treatment plans could be orchestrated and alleviate possible outbreaks or redundancies.

Smart phone technology connects the world in so many ways, the three co-founders were able use the networking power modern technology provides to cut down on miscommunication, hopefully preventing future disease outbreaks, and proper allocation of resources.

Watsi – Radically Transparent

Chase AdamA few years ago, Chase Adam was serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when a woman boarded the bus and began asking for donations for her child’s medical treatment.  Because panhandling is so prevalent in that area of the world, Adam was shocked to see all of the natives give the women money for her child.  He realized the natives believed this woman because she had the child’s information and had established a sense of trust with them.  Inspired, Adam returned to the United States with the goal of starting a non-profit to provide healthcare around the world.

However, when Adam returned home, he realized that many non-profits weren’t very efficient and were underfunded.  Adam decided to start a company that was built with an emphasis on impact, efficiency, and transparency.  Watsi, launched in August 2012, is a “global crowdfunding platform for healthcare” – basically a Kickstarter for medical treatments.  People can donate any amount of money to fund medical treatment and care around the world.  Once a patient’s funding goal is met, the patient receives the treatment.  Watsi then updates all of the donors with the patient’s treatment outcome.Watsi Logo

Watsi is different from most non-profits because 100% of the money donated goes directly to people in need.   All of Watsi’s operating expenses are paid for by optional tips or other philanthropists.  Watsi prides itself on being “radically transparent”.  In fact, all of their financial information in public knowledge and can be seen on their Transparency Document on their website (check if out here!).  That way, you can see exactly where your money is going.

After a slow start, Watsi was the first nonprofit to received funding from Y Combinator, a tech company incubator program.  Watsi took off and, within 2 years, raised more than $2 million, all of which went to patients in need.  In 2014, Adam was listed on Forbes list of 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs.  Inspired by the woman on the bus, Adam was able to take an idea he was passionate about and use it to help thousands of people about the world.

FITGuard

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “sports related injuries?” Concussions are the first thing that many people think of. There are about 3.8 million sports-related concussions per year, and that’s with only 47 percent of the athletes that have concussion symptoms actually reporting so. Because of this lack of reporting, serious neurocognitive injuries can occur, especially at the high school level a large portion of which can be attributed to the lack of technology available compared to the college or professional level.

Founded in 2013, Force Impact Technologies set out to help eliminate the lack of reporting and lower the risk of neurological damage by creating the FITGuard, a head-injury awareness mouthguard. Founders, Anthony Gonzales and Bob Merriman were college athletes who witnessed the impact of concussions first hand, and with their degrees, decided to make a product that would help them and their fellow teammates to be more aware of each hit that occurred during an athletic competition.

With the technology embedded into the FITGuard, the mouthguard can detect rapid changes in acceleration that breach a predetermined threshold and alert the user through flashing of LED light or by a free app that connects through Bluetooth. Athletes or parents could access this information in real time or even coaches could have their entire team sync to the same cloud and could monitor all their players during sporting events. The FITGuard is only a small glimpse into how technology can and will be integrated into sports in the future.

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Eko Devices

The evolution of smart phone technology  has modified so many functions of everyday life. It started with music, and quickly took over the necessity for computers, and then wallets. Now smart phone technology has the ability to allow doctors to move away from their signature accessory: the stethoscope- to a more modern sleeker version.

Eko Devices allows doctors to use a stethoscope attachment that amplifies the patient’s heart beat into a software program on smart phones. The key to this new advancement is core technology( the amplification device). The Core transmits the sound waves into the Eko application in which the sound is recorded and can be stored and filed under each patient.

Eko Devices was founded by three guys (Connor Landgraf, Tyler Crouch, and Jason Bellet) with a dream to modernize one of the simplest duties of a medical professional. They have received over 800,000 dollars in angel donations to get their company off the ground. The core system is available for purchase, and the application is available for all apple devices and coming soon to android. Currently Eko Devices is backed by countless industry leaders, and well known physicians.

These three young men saw a device that wasn’t dated by any means, but decided it was time to modernize it. I think it will be interesting to see how they adapt their business model to be conducive to other adapters, allowing the medical professional to take other vital signs right from their smart phone.