Dec 2, 2011

Cosmetic Surgery Apps

Cosmetic surgery
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4 min
Top 10 cosmetic surgery apps for iPhones
This is written was contributed by Penny Cooper exclusively for healthcareglobal.com...

This is written was contributed by Penny Cooper exclusively for healthcareglobal.com. Contents are for information purposes only.

Edited by Abbie Smith

10. iAugment - Free

For those considering breast augmentation this app is an ideal source for information. Designed by a doctor, it provides a comprehensive overview of breast surgery and educates users about tried and tested procedure and recovery methods. They can also upload and modify pictures to see simulated before and after results.

9. BodyPlastika - £1.49/$1.99

BodyPlastika allows users to virtually test cosmetic surgery procedures on their iPads, iPods and iPhones. Using uploaded photos, they can shape various parts of their body to simulate nose jobs, cheek implants, chin and lip augmentation, jawline contouring and a range of liposuction treatments. They can then share the results on Facebook or Twitter.

8. The Plastic Show - Free

With this before and after surgery app, users can watch videos about everything cosmetic surgery-related. In a collection of the best YouTube plastic surgery clips, patients share their personal experiences, results of their surgery and allow viewers to see their start-to-finish transformations. The app also explores the topic of body dysmorphic disorder. 

7. iLipo - Free

The iLipo app can be used on Apple’s three main mobile devices and enables users liposuction to perform virtual procedures on themselves. They can also participate in live consultations with renowned New York cosmetic surgeon Dr Kevin Tehrani to learn more about liposuction and request a price quote from his Aristocrat Plastic Surgery clinics.

6. FaceDecide - £0.69/$2.99

The FaceDecide iPad app is the newest addition to the Decide series by Orca Health. With advice coming directly from physicians’, it details information about common conditions affecting the face and aims to educate people about facial conditions. The app also provides a list of cosmetic surgeons close to users’ current location.

5. RealSelf - Free

This app features a collection of 8,000 before and after surgery photos from the Board of Certified Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists and Cosmetic Dentists and users can vote on which makeovers they think were worth it. The app also includes a link to the RealSelf website where they can read patient’s personal surgical experiences.

4. BuildMyBod - Free

BuildMyBod is one of the most comprehensive apps detailing the estimated costs of a wide range of procedures, including plastic surgery and IPL skin rejuvenation and hair removal procedures without the need for a consultation. The app also features a listing of plastic surgeons in the local areaand provides contact links to their clinics.

3. Cosmetic Facial and Rhinoplasty Surgery with Dr Solomon - Free

Dr Philip Solomon is one of Canada’s leading plastic surgeons and an expert in Rhinoplasty. The app features 50 pre and post surgery images of procedures carried out by Dr Solomon, as well as the Virtual Plastic Surgery tool. Users can also contact Dr Solomon directly for advice on which procedure would be the best for them.

2. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Free

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s own app. As well as offering advice on up-to-date advice on plastic surgery procedures and regulations on patient safety, users can also search a database of reputable surgeons and clarify the meanings of a number of cosmetic surgery-related medical terms.

1. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Free

This is the app for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS) official journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS). Almost everyone involved in the cosmetic surgery industry over the last 60 years has probably accessed this publication for the most up-to-date news, advancements and discoveries in the world of plastic surgery.

PRS subscribers benefit from unlimited access to its recently revamped website featuring podcasts, high quality cosmetic procedure videos and archives of journal material dating back to 1946. The multimedia materials of the journal are available through the app and other highlights include downloadable issues and email and social media article sharing.

In comparison to the other apps featured in this Top 10 list, PRS is very much aimed at the major players in the cosmetic surgery industry as opposed to the market masses, but its comprehensive information and renowned reputation has deservedly earned it its number one position. 

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Dec 10, 2018

Top 10 healthcare innovations for 2019

Telemedicine
medical devices
Top 10
Genetics
Catherine Sturman
6 min
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We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector

We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector

10. Telehealth

The telehealth market is booming. Consumers are leading increasingly busy lifestyles, with up to 60% favouring digitally-led services. Providing clinical care at a distance, increasing accessibility and eradicating potential delays has given patients greater control, boosting patient satisfaction and overall engagement. Such is its exponential growth, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the US has recently released its proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Programme updates for 2019, where telehealth services has been heavily featured, in order to deliver ‘different access points’ for patients.  

9. Mobile technology

Consumers have become accustomed to accessing their data through the use of various digital tools, where the use of mobile and tablet health apps has tripled from 13% in 2014 to 48% today. Catering to this growing market, British based start-up Babylon Health is making waves on a global scale. Partnering with the National Health Service (NHS) and private health provider, Bupa, it has also cemented its presence across the flourishing Chinese market, with a membership base exceeding 1.4mn citizens across Europe, Asia and Africa. By partnering with global juggernaut Tencent, Babylon’s artificial intelligence system has enabled both parties to interact directly with users, identify specific illnesses, deliver health status assessments, and triage necessary actions. The mobile app is available to over a billion users and linked to more than 38,000 medical facilities in China alone.

8. Artificial intelligence 

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications, such as predictive analytics for patient monitoring has provided significant financial savings. Applications that target hospitals and medical institutions include patient monitoring and transcribing notes for electronic health records (EHRs). The European Union is set to invest $24bn into artificial intelligence (AI) by 2020 in a bid to catch up with Asia and the US, who have invested heavily in AI and cloud services. This year, Google revealed its plans to harness AI and machine learning across a multitude of consumer technologies, particularly in healthcare. “If AI can shape healthcare, it has to work through the regulations of healthcare. In fact, I see that as one of the biggest areas where the benefits will play out for the next 10-20 years,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously stated.

7. Blockchain

Blockchain is estimated to reach over $5.61bn by the end of 2025, even though it remains dependent on the ability to record and store information conveniently, economically and securely amongst different applications and systems. Providing transparency and eliminating third-party intermediaries, processes are streamlined, reducing healthcare costs exponentially. Unlocking the ability for providers to deliver a value-based healthcare system and enhance patient engagement, blockchain could save the industry up to $100-$150bn per year by 2025 in data breach-related costs, IT costs, operations costs, support function costs and personnel costs, according to BIS Research. Partnering with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ethereum blockchain-based supply chain platform, Viant sought to accelerate the pace of blockchain-based supply chain systems. Accenture and supply chain giant DHL have also developed a blockchain-based serialisation prototype which tracks pharmaceuticals from the point of origin to the consumer.

6. Health wearables

With the rise of lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, more consumers are turning to health wearables that monitor glucose, heart rate, physical activity and sleep to gain a greater understanding of their health conditions. Following on from the release of the first Bluetooth headset back in 2000, the growing interest in wearables has seen monitoring our health and data become standardised. This data can be analysed by sophisticated algorithms to drive long-term diagnosis and support. Partnering with Google, health wearables company Fitbit is exploring the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions. Its acquisition of HIPAA-compliant health platform, Twine Health has seen the business enhance its clinical services by bringing on board a coaching platform, empowering people to seek better health outcomes.

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5. Electronic health records tools

From 2018-2022, the electronic health records (EHR) market is expected to grow at a compound average rate of 6% per year Providers and organisations continue to house fragmented technologies which create barriers towards collaboration and data sharing opportunities. This is further exacerbated if a patient straddles both public and private healthcare. Technology giant Apple has integrated patients’ medical records into its Health App as part of its iOS 11.3 beta. The data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode. Partnering with hospital providers and clinics, patients are now able to view their medical records from multiple providers within one platform. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, UC San Diego Health and even the Cleveland Clinic have implemented this technology.

4. Healthcare transportation 

Non-emergency health transportation remains a key issue worldwide, preventing patients from getting to or from a doctor’s appointment. 25% of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled appointments due to lack of transportation, costing US health systems up to $150bn each year. Transportation companies such as Lyft and Uber have therefore entered the market by partnering with state governments to reduce these costs and deliver personalised patient care.

3. 3D Printing 

Healthcare providers are set to represent the second largest industry sector in 3D manufacturing. The Food & Drug Administration’s decision to release its first comprehensive framework advising manufacturers of 3D medical products highlights its growing impact where more than 100,000 knee replacement surgeries are completed each year using 3D-printed, patient-matched surgical guides, for example. Through this process, surfaces and structures can be optimised for strength, weight and material use. Consultation between surgeons and patients has also been bolstered, where patients can better understand the complexity of his or her specific needs.

2. Genomics

As consumers get more involved in the management of their health, consumer genetics and research companies have grown in popularity and scale. People want to further understand their genetic makeup, leading personal genomics and biotech company 23andMe to become one of the largest consumer-based organisations worldwide. Interestingly, this year, the company has entered a four-year collaboration with GSK to develop new treatments, but using human genetics as the basis for discovery.

Not only looking to develop treatments by analysing human genetics, pharmaceutical companies are looking to even remove hereditary genes which pass diseases down generations. In 2017, human embryos were successfully ‘edited’ through gene editing tool, CRISPR (Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats), eradicating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy within 42 embryos.

1. Vertical integrations

As healthcare providers aim to provide greater transparency, promote collaboration and lower escalating patient costs, 2018 has been the year for a significant number of vertical integrations. CVS Health’s $68mn takeover of health insurer Aetna is a case in point. By influencing more of the supply chain, it will gain significant negotiating power to reduce costs for payers and patients, develop personalised solutions and improve overall outcomes. It will also promote the eradication of delays in process by removing any third parties within traditional business models. Other notable integrations are Optum’s acquisition of the DaVita Medical GroupHumana and Kindred Healthcare and Cigna and Express Scripts.

Reports have indicated that not only has the number of healthcare deals more than doubled in the last five years, the size of deals has also grown as a result of repeat investor interest, highlighting that this trend is here to stay.

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