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- Mar 16 2017
The Medical Progress of Nanotechnology
As technology continues to infiltrate the tired old world of healthcare, the average patient stands to benefit in a big way, but doctors are struggling to keep up with a changing world. With origins dating back to 2004, Kareo has been on a mission to help doctors manage the increasingly complex business of medicine. Through its cloud-based practice management software, Kareo has worked to enable small practices to simplify day-to-day operations by taking the paperwork and administrative hassles out of the hands of their doctors to free them up to do what they do best: Work with patients.
In working with over 20,000 doctors at small practices in the U.S., says CEO Dan Rodrigues, the company quickly found that practices would rather turn to one provider for their digital needs, rather than deal with one provider for electronic health records practice management and another for billing, for example. So, early last year, Kareo expanded beyond expanded beyond its flagship practice management software for the first time, allowing its customers to access both cloud-based Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and billing services as part of an integrated suite.
With over 800 paying doctors joining the platform every month and now generating “several tens of millions in recurring revenue,” most of which has come since the expansion, Rodrigues says, Kareo is taking on a big new round of funding to help it fully integrate its new business lines. The new $29.5 million in growth capital brings the startup’s total funding to $72.5 million and follows the $20.5 million Kareo raised in January of last year.
Nanotechnology in itself is a new technology, under developmental phase, but it has shown some very exciting possibilities and promises in the field of cancer treatment. Nano devices are of the magnitude of ten to thousand times smaller than human cells and are similar to the size of biomolecules.
Currently the treatment of cancer is limited to surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. All of these treatments possess some or other risk of damaging tissues or not eradicating cancer completely. But recent developments in the field of nanotechnology have shown that it can be used to selectively target the damaged cells in a controlled fashion. Some of the ways it can be used in cancer treatment are:
Nano enabled immunotherapy:
This technology is still in very basic forms of application and development. The fact that nano devices are so small in scale, it can be used to directly target the cellular workings. Nanotechnology is being used to deliver immunotherapy. The required molecules are targeted to the affected cells and tissues. Immunotherapy also includes imaging of the cancer cells and the tumor and this has deepened our understanding about cancer.
Radiotherapy is a very common way of approaching and eliminating cancer and roughly half of people with cancer receive some or the other form of it during their course of treatment. With the help of nanotechnology, the radiation therapy has become more effective and enhanced. The dosage remains the same, but the interaction of x-rays with nanoparticles increases the efficiency of the process.
Help in chemotherapy:
Chemotherapy is again a very effective way to target and eliminate cancer cells. The benefit of nanotherapy is mainly due to its size as using nanosized devices, anti cancer drugs can directly be administered to the tumor affected area. The nanoparticles accumulate in the affected environment and can be effectively controlled. This reduces the toxicity of the process while increasing the overall efficiency.
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