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Entrepreneurs Aim to Capitalize on Healthcare Reform

Barbara Miracle | 9/1/2009

THE NUMBERS: RANKINGS

  • stethoscope6th — number of certified nursing homes: 658
  • 7th — nursing facilities receiving a deficiency for actual harm or jeopardy: 8.2%
  • 7th — high blood pressure among adults: 29.3%
  • 7th — high cholesterol among adults: 35.1%
  • 7th — number of certified nursing home residents: 68,580
  • 20th — cancer incidence: 470.9 per 100,000
  • 20th — percentage of Florida adults who smoke: 19.3%
  • 29thhealthcare as a percentage of total employment: 7.7%
  • 34th — obese adults: 22.9%
  • 37th — health spending as a percentage of gross state product: 2.8%
  • 40th — population with serious mental illness: 0.39 per 10
  • 40th — cancer death rate: 183.7 per 100,000 population

THE NUMBERS: DISEASES (State ranking)

  • stethoscope2nd — heart failure death rate: 7.3 per 100,000
  • 4th — prostate cancer incidence rate: 117.3 per 100,000
  • 6th — stroke hospitalization rate: 395.5 per 100,000
  • 9th — breast cancer incidence rate: 107.2 per 100,000
  • 13th — diabetes hospitalization rate: 158.2 per 100,000
  • 18th — colorectal cancer incidence rate: 48.5 per 100,000
  • 20th — melanoma incidence rate: 16.4 per 100,000
  • 28th — coronary atherosclerosis hospitalization rate: 421.7 per 100,000
  • 38th — lung cancer incidence rate: 73.9 per 100,000
  • 38th — cervical cancer incidence rate: 8.6 per 100,000

MEDICAL PRODUCTS

PediaVison's camera
PediaVision’s camera can be used to test children too young to read an eye chart. [Photo: PediaVision]

  • Service: Vision screening
  • Company: PediaVision, Lake Mary
  • CEO: David Melnik, who founded and later sold Kinetics, a developer of airport check-in kiosks and print-at-home ticketing software
  • Device: A digital camera licensed from Plusoptix in Nuremberg, Germany, takes a picture by projecting infrared light onto the patient’s retina.
  • Competitive Advantages: Patients are screened from three feet away, meaning the camera can be used to screen children too young to read an eye chart. Results are available immediately.
  • Capability: Detects myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), astigmatism and other common eye defects.
  • Business Plan: PediaVision is targeting pediatricians, schools and charities that perform screenings at community centers, daycare facilities and shopping centers. A pediatrician pays about $10,500 for the PediaVision system and then $4 for each photo, with the cost per photo decreasing the more the pediatrician uses the camera. Patients might pay between $18 to $50.

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