Nov 5, 2020

Claritas partners with Google Cloud on radiology platform

telehealth
Google Cloud
radiology
covid-19
Leila Hawkins
2 min
Claritas partners with Google Cloud on radiology platform
The new platform will make remote viewing of images possible...

Singapore-based startup Claritas HealthTech has partnered with Google Cloud to launch a new radiology product called tRAD. 

The tele-radiology solution is a medical imaging and collaborative platform for patients and physicians.

tRAD has been developed as a response to the boom in telehealth, as online communication between clinicians and patients has become the norm since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

The platform lets patients have online access to their radiology images and clinical reports, while allowing them to communicate with their doctors through the same portal. 

Dr Vas Metupalle, Head of Business Development of Claritas, explains the reasoning behind creating tRad: “Physicians today are frustrated by limited access to medical images when they are off-site. They receive text-based reports and low-resolution snapshots of images, instead of full access to their electronic medical records.

"If they require similar access to images that the radiologists have, there will be licencing and technical challenges when it concerns the distribution of images from the radiology department. With tRAD, the platform brings a powerful solution to radiology imaging, with an enhanced image viewer and multiple integrated AI tools, accessible to all physicians and patients."

The platform runs entirely on the cloud, and provides patients and physicians with access to radiology images that could previously only be retrieved when they were both on-site. This also enables research organisations to use advanced image enhancement technology, with a growing number of AI tools.

Built with enterprise clients in mind, tRAD has been designed so that any existing telehealth company can add the platform to their workflow. It uses Google Cloud Health's Application Programming Interface (API) for ease of use, and is HIPAA compliant. 

Palvinder Chahil, Head of Google Cloud in Singapore and Malaysia, commented: “Claritas’ work with tRAD demonstrates how Google Cloud can help healthcare organisations leverage cutting-edge technology to gain better insights from their data, and ultimately to effect positive outcomes for patients and providers alike.”  

tRAD is in use in Singapore and Indonesia; next it will be rolled out across North America and the United Kingdom. 

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Jun 14, 2021

Zoom enters the healthcare market - a timeline

telehealth
videoconsultations
covid-19
Zoom
3 min
We chart Zoom's rise and entrance into the healthcare market

Since the pandemic began Zoom has become an integral part of daily life for people working from home, as well as a vital tool for families and friends to communicate. However it's also been eyeing up the healthcare space since 2017, and following the boom in telehealth the company has been rolling out additional services. Here we chart Zoom's move into healthcare. 

2011 - 2013


Zoom is founded in San Jose, California, by Eric Yuan, formerly of Cisco. He got the idea to create a video calling platform from his visits to his girlfriend while he was a student, which would take 10 hours by train. 

A beta version is released in 2012, which can host up to 15 participants. In 2013 this rises to 25. By mid-2013, Zoom has 1 million users. 

2014 - 2017

Zoom attracts investors, including Sequoia Capital, Emergence and Horizon Ventures. By January 2017, Zoom has a series D funding worth $100 million.

2017 - 2019

Zoom for Telehealth launches, including an integration with EHR system Epic. It has cloud-based video, audio, and content sharing features, a "waiting room" for patients, and can easily be integrated into healthcare provider's workflows. 

In 2019 Zoom goes public, with its IPO rising 72% in one day. 

2020

As a result of the pandemic, Zoom gains 2.2 million new users, more than in the whole of 2019. On the 23rd of March alone - the day the UK lockdown was announced - the platform was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world. 

Share prices rise to around $150, and founder and chief executive Eric Yuan becomes one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $7.9 billion. 

Early security issues are addressed by encrypting data with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). By now the the platform allows 99 people to be on a call simultaneously
New features launch, including Zoom Home and Zoom for Chats. Throughout the year the platform is used to replace most kinds of real life events: work meetings, online classrooms, church services and social events. 

2021

Renamed Zoom for Healthcare, users can share secured video, audio, and content through desktops, mobile phones, and conference devices. As well as Epic, it can be integrated with Strmr, IntakeQ, and Practice Better.

It can also be used with diagnostic cameras and other point-of-care devices, including digital stethoscopes.

In an interview with Korea Biomedical Review, Zoom Global Healthcare Lead Ron Emerson said: "Our service is not simply a virtual care and telemedicine platform but a multi-purpose platform that can satisfy the needs of healthcare institutions."

"It can be used for administrative tasks, including telemedicine, medical team meetings, recruitment, medical education, employee training, and disease prevention. Analysing electronic records managed by Zoom could provide meaningful insights into patient care." 

Phoenix Children's Hospital, Belfast's Hospital Services Limited, Butler Health Services and the global Project ECHO are among Zoom for Healthcare's current customers. 

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