The online retailer is pushing hard to expand its foothold in medical supplies, creating a marketplace where hospitals could shop to stock emergency rooms, operating suites and outpatient facilities.
Hospitals discard usable medical equipment worth billions of dollars.
If there’s one business lesson to be learned from the early decades of the 21st century, it is that technology is driving change at a pace that humanity has never seen. And, these advancements are disrupting industries as diverse as transportation and advertising –– even creating new industries like cryptocurrency.
Despite the promise of technology-driven innovations, one industry that arguably is slow to adapt to these trends is the medical device industry.
The nation’s health care tab is sky-high. We’re tracking down the reasons. First stop: A look at all the perfectly good stuff hospitals throw away.
Amazon has been expanding its medical supply business — selling gloves, syringes and other health-care sundries to dentists, doctors and hospitals — in an early sign of its efforts to enter the health-care industry.
Unlike Amazon’s secretive plans to shake up the prescription drug industry, or its initiative to develop technology tools to rein in health costs for its own employees, Amazon has not hidden this effort.
Ultimately, the connected medical equipment of tomorrow will have embedded intelligence at its heart, enabling clinicians and healthcare staff to benefit from improved devices in the field and better care for patients as a result.
The company still faces some obstacles to its widespread adoption, the biggest of which is the medical industry’s slowness to adopt new tech. Many hospitals don’t even have budgets in place for value analysis software like GreenLight Medical, so the company is essentially carving out a space for itself. This has led to slow sales cycles that sometimes last a year or longer.
Despite good intentions, life-saving medical donations often end up discarded or broken. New training programs aim to change all that.
1964...There's no doubt, however, about the healthy state of the medical supply business. It continues to grow at a boom rate and has emerged as a major industry far outstripping the over‐all growth of the national economy.
There is a complex of reasons behind this phenomenon. They include the expanding population, longer life expectancy, a rapid increase in the number of those 65 or over, greater use of private medical insurance and the rising standard of living.
Hospitals account ior the larger portion of the medical supply business and a few striking statistics show why.
Isolated areas that were once left to fend for themselves during medical emergencies will now be able to speedily get the supplies they need with the help of drones.
Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants have transformed the way billions of us communicate, shop, socialize and work. Now, as consumers, medical centers and insurers increasingly embrace health-tracking apps, tech companies want a bigger share of the more than $3 trillion spent annually on health care in the United States, too. The Apple Heart Study reflects that intensified effort.
The companies are accelerating their efforts to remake health care by developing or collaborating on new tools for consumers, patients, doctors, insurers and medical researchers. And they are increasingly investing in health start-ups.
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