Top 10 Healthcare Websites
1. National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest source of medical research funding in the world and to compliment its operations it boasts one of the internet’s most popular healthcare websites.
Estimates suggest nih.gov receives on average a staggering 20 million unique visitors every month, with over 40 percent of those visits coming from the US. According to Alexa and its three-month traffic rankings, the popularity of the NIH website is ranked as #161 in the US and #354 on a global scale. Alexa data also reveals that visitors typically stay on the site for about four minutes.
The website features a range of content, from everyday health information to details of its grants and funding and training and research programmes. It’s health information is mainly categorised by age groups gender; Child & Teen Health, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Minority Health and Seniors’ Health.
2. KidsHealth (kidshealth.org)
When you search for this website in Google, the phrase used to describe KidsHealth is “the web’s most visited site about children’s health.” It has four different areas to it; advice for parents, homework help for children, advice for teenagers and teaching aids for educators. According to the site, on a typical weekday it gets 700,000 hits.
Another hugely popular pair of websites, WebMD is estimated to receive over 19 million unique visitors each month. Although 70 percent of users are based in America, the organisation teamed up with high-street chain of chemists Boots to offer UK-specific, GP reviewed health information via the BootsWebMD website.
4. Drugs.com (www.drugs.com)
“Drugs.com is the most popular, comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information online,” the website proudly declares. The independent portal presents information and data on 24,000 prescription medications and serves both healthcare professionals and consumers. On average it is estimated to receive six million unique visitors a month.
5. Yahoo! Health (health.yahoo.net)
Yahoo! Health is rumoured to receive over 21 million views a month, attracting visitors with its wide variety of content and health advice. The main features include a symptom checker, a ‘Find a Doctor’ tool and BMI calculator and the website also presents the latest news, articles and expert opinion.
6. WeightWatchers (www.weightwatchers.com)
As one of the most popular commercial diet plans around the world, it is no surprise that the Weight Watchers website has made an appearance in this list. According to web information company Alexa, users spend an average of eight minutes on the site with each visit and, unsurprisingly, it is most popular with women.
7. NHS Direct (www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk)
NHS Direct is the 24/7 advice service of the UK’s National Health Service. On an annual level, five million calls are made to the NHS Direct phone line while its website receives over 18 million visits. One of its premier services is the online self-assessment service, which utilises InferMed’s Arezzo clinical decision support technology.
8. NetDoctor (www.netdoctor.co.uk)
NetDoctor is reportedly the UK’s leading independent health website, which aims to “break down the medical language barrier” between doctors and patients. The content of the website is written and edited by over 250 doctors and medical professionals from across Europe and they also respond to visitor’s health concerns and worries.
9. MayoClinic (www.mayoclinic.com)
MayoClinic is one of the largest not-for-profit medical centres in the world. As well as offering first-class patient care, the organisation’s fully comprehensive website enjoys approximately seven million visits a month. The site features advice regarding wellbeing, information on its services and details of its current education and research programmes.
10. Men’s Health (www.menshealth.com)
Men’s Health is the largest magazine brand in the world, boasting 44 different editions. The publication’s accompanying website attracts 38 million page views a month and 55 percent of visitors are from the US. Its content includes articles on features on all aspects of men’s wellbeing, from health, fitness and nutrition to sex, grooming and fashion.
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Top 10 healthcare innovations for 2019
We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector
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.
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.
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 Group, Humana 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.