Most Innovative Companies - Health Care

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1. GE

Its Healthymagination program is investing $6 billion over the next several years in mobile scanners, digital information, and other innovations in health care. Top 50 No. 19

2. PatientsLikeMe

The new model of online support groups, PatientsLikeMe has real-world data on symptoms and treatments. Top 50 No. 23

3. Athenahealth

Jonathan Bush's physician-billing-and-practice-management business is bringing the benefits of cloud computing to the doctor's office. Top 50 No. 43

4. Sermo

Physicans use this free Web service to discuss treatments and other medical issues anonymously. In September, the "Facebook for doctors" became a political force when members amassed 10,000 signatures for a petition opposing the American Medical Association's acceptance of the House health-care reform bill.

5. Kaiser Permanente

It is working with the nation's VA hospitals to launch one of the largest electronic-medical-record pilot programs in the country. Its Garfield Center test lab does research on telemedicine and Wii-based exercise programs.

6. Walgreens

Other pharmacies, including CVS and Walmart, have moved into the low-cost public-clinic space, but Walgreens, with its 350 Take Care Clinics across the U.S., is at the forefront of the trend. This January, the chain announced its Optimal Wellness program, designed to help customers track and monitor chronic conditions such as diabetes.

7. Intuitive Surgical

In 2009, Intuitive introduced a new version of its da Vinci robotic system, with 3-D high-definition imaging and greater magnification.

8. Cisco Systems

Cisco has been positioning itself as a leader in the telemedicine space by partnering with insurance giant UnitedHealth Group to install mobile virtual clinics in under-served areas in the U.S. So far, the program has been tested, with positive results, in rural areas of New Mexico and California. Top 50 No. 17

9. Second Sight

Sylmar, Calfornia-based Second Sight has used its groundbreaking retinal-implant technology to bring (limited) sight to dozens of blind patients worldwide. Now its procedure is on the brink of FDA approval for use in the U.S.

10. American Well

Unlike other telemedicine companies, American Well partners with insurers, including Blue Cross and UnitedHealth Group, to pair patients with physicians via Web consults. Its software-based system has been implemented in Hawaii and Minnesota; the company plans to go nationwide later this year.

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  • George Worley

    I just cannot believe this.  It is very innovative for Walgreens to loose part of it's customer base when they could not come to  an agreement with Express Scripts.

  • Chris LeBeau

    Dear Erica,

    I have been working in the health care field for several years in strategy for a provider of care but feel a calling to work for those companies on the forefront of innovation I was curious if in addition to the list above you had other companies that didn't make the top 10 but were still very noteworthy.


  • Louann Oravec

    God forbid that health care should be modeled after Kaiser Permanente. They were great about making sure annual physicals and routine care was provided; but finding a good doctor was like trying to find a needle in a haystack in the dark, they sucked big time.