Working for Salt has given me the opportunity to work with some of the most innovative companies operating in Australia. It’s also given me the chance to talk with the people who are driving these organisations and the teams that make them what they are.
As a business, we've noticed increasing numbers of candidates wanting to work for companies that focus on wellbeing and the enriching the lives of everyday Australians.
There's no denying that our lives are more hectic than ever, from putting in the hours at work to picking the kids up from judo/gymnastics/ballet (delete as appropriate) or getting home in time to watch the latest home improvement/cooking/dating show (again delete as appropriate). How much of our time is dedicated to that precious commodity we only have one shot at... health?
There are those who say that technology is turning us into a nation of square-eyed zombies with oversize smartphone thumbs only good for scrolling through celebrity prattle. But some of the companies and candidates we have the pleasure of working with flip this 180 and are delivering innovation solutions we wouldn’t have even considered a few years ago.
Here are just a few examples:
· Wearable technology has exploded over the last 2 years and can now measure many aspects of our health and exercise regime. This technology can now link you directly to 1000’s of healthcare professionals without having to visit the Doctor
· Machine learning This is contributing to huge improvements in diagnostics and patient outcomes.
· Robotics Having personally gone through a Microdiscectomy procedure I fully appreciate the use of technology for minimally invasive surgery. Without the huge leaps in technology, my recovery time would have been weeks rather than days.
· Analytics Predictions suggest there will be 30% upsurge in the use of analytics providing huge efficiencies within the healthcare space. Companies are now able to use tools to provide insights into symptoms and medications for individuals.
So, while technology often gets a bad rap when it comes to our physical and mental health, organisations at the forefront of health-tech are redressing the balance.