HeatlhSpot’s Remarkable Opportunityby Lukas Zinnagl on Feb 1, 2013 • 7:36 pm
HealthSpot, a Ohio based Startup, is about to offer a unique “health station” giving a glimpse into how the future of healthcare may look like. Its futuristic all-in-one box acts as the next generation primary care doctor’s office. The station with be completely unmanned and the patient will be able to communicate virtually with a remote doctor. It will contain all the necessary tests and apparatus to perform standard health tests. HealthSpot’s radical approach is just what the healthcare industry currently needs. The concept of the station takes the idea of “point of care” to an entirely new level. Stations that could be initially funded by the government, could then be rolled out through entire countries, having a chance to really disrupt the way medical services are offered, and how patients are treated on a very basic level.
The HealthSpot Station has tremendous opportunities:
1. Re-defining Primary Care and making the GPs job attractive again
Throughout the last decades the appeal of becoming a GP has suffered. Everybody agrees that primary care physicians are an important part of the medical ecosystem but their job has changed from practicing medicine to rather being a “patient’s manager”, their primary person of contact, their messenger and friend. That being said, their job is as important as high-level medical treatments in clinics. Nevertheless, the station could re-event the job profile of a modern GP. A tech-savvy, young and communicative doctor could treat and manage multiple patients through such a station system. This is a real opportunity for leveraging the GPs job profile.
2. Bringing healthcare to a new level in non-industrialized countries
We are going to start seeing drones delivering drugs and medical supplies to remote areas on this planet and so we may also start seeing ‘health stations’ becoming available in developing countries and in remote or hard to reach places. This would allow access to standarized medical procedures, in a hygienic environment, in places where it is currently not possible.
3. A new workspace & (finally) really kicking off tele-medicine
Practicing medicine is a very location-bound job. Doctors usually do not travel in order to treat patients. Sure, on the one hand, doctors in the country side still do travel, and innovative companies like Sherpaa also do it, but the majority of physicians do not. They do not need to. Innovations like HealthSpot may take away the location based dependency of physicians and finally allow tele-medicine to take off and gain traction in the public sphere.
The company will face fierce naysayers, but rather little competition, mainly because their concept entails all the aspects that make up the future of healthcare, not just one of them. It literally puts all requirements for modern medical treatment into a single cabin and that is pretty exciting.