Chile’s Innovation in the health startup space, No better place to be

Editors’ Note: This guest post comes courtesy of Nick Kwan, Co-Founder of Medko. Feel free to send your guest posts to tips@andesbeat.com.

Chileans, Startup Chile entrepreneurs, Medko, and I, myself, have chosen a great time to be living in Santiago.

Motivated by President Piñera’s words, I feel like it is our duty as innovators to focus on fields that we are passionate about that can affect millions of people in a positive way. For us at Medko, it’s health.

Good news: Innovation knows no bounds.  Bad News: Innovation has enemies within the culture, especially the fear of failure. Chile must continue maintaining, and growing, innovation leadership in Latin America.  Time is our judge. – Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, at the LatAm Innovation Summit July 30, 2013

Think about it.  Insurance, billing, patient-doctor communication, and scheduling are bottlenecks all over the world. While processes and organizations may differ, healthcare is healthcare.  I encourage members of AndesBeat to consider joining the growing circle of health-tech startups. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv6RwdqMQJg[/youtube]

Health Innovation Meetups

4 of our Startup Chile health-tech companies presented at July’s Health 2.0 Santiago Meetup.  Our organizing team was very excited to host a 2nd event, bringing together doctors, entrepreneurs, investors, and students to discuss issues the largest issues in healthcare today.  To register and join us at a future meetup, click here.

Health related startups in Chile

Fransiska Hadiwidjana of MedSensation: Creators of the Glove Tricorder, a glove which allows automatic illnesses diagnosing.  Medsensation is a way for developing medical technologies to seamlessly integrate with the timeless physician-patient relationship.

Alex Asher of TopTrainer: 83% of personal trainers and their clients now use smartphones. Top Trainer is an online tool for personal trainers to easily connect with clients between sessions, systemize their business and keep clients coming back.

Aljosha Novakovic and Nick Kwan of Medko: Medko connects you to the right doctor with an emphasis in Chile for free.  Compare between 1100+ doctor created profiles by viewing testimonials and contacting doctors through direct messaging and Telehealth video-conferencing.

Walter Liewald of ClickMedix: ClickMedix provides “One-Click-Health”, we are the “INTELligence inside” mobile telemedicine and care management solutions to enable doctors to serve more patients in less time, and significantly reduce both the cost of providing high quality patient care and the wait time for effective treatment.