PSFK Picks: Top 10 Health Innovations Of The Week
From a service that makes the waiting room a thing of the past to tech that may one day control our dreams, we bring you the most innovative stories from the world of wellness research.
PSFK has partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a snapshot of Ten Innovative Ideas each week that are reshaping the health care industry. Continue reading below for the most exciting ideas from the past seven days.
Online Hospital Queue Lets Patients Skip The Waiting Room Health IT company InQuicker has introduced an online waiting service for ER and urgent care center patients that estimates projected treatment times and enables patients to wait from home for their appointments. Though InQuicker does not allow its users to book ER medical treatment in advance, after checking into the emergency room, the service estimates treatment times based on facility conditions and enables patients to wait in line from the comfort of their homes rather than the waiting room. In the event of a projected treatment time delay, InQuicker users are sent real-time notifications via phone call and email so they can continue waiting at home. Statistics show that 8 out of 10 ER patients who use InQuicker spend less than 15 minutes in the hospital waiting room before seeing a healthcare professional. InQuicker is currently partnered with 158 health care facilities in 21 states nationwide.