Tech Disruption: How technology plays a role in changing health care

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How Tech Is Disrupting Healthcare

TechCrunch Disrupt will be taking San Francisco by storm this week, and with it, one of the nation's biggest industries -- health care.

Although one top firm official told TechCrunch that health care is, "the last industry to be disrupted," it's still come a long way.

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If you think America's health care system is bad now, just imagine what it was like before, when things weren't digitized and paperwork was a long, manual and physical process. Patient information was lost in the shuffle, and managing your insurance gave you a bigger headache than before.

Now, thanks to the help of computers, the internet and startups like Simplee and Oscar Health, paperwork and staying on top of your health care is slowly becoming a less chaotic process. But the most disruptive changes have probably come from the companies that are actually addressing people's conditions - and changing what it means to have them.

Remember the days of going in to the doctor to get tested for diseases like HIV and AIDS? Thanks to Nanobiosym's cool, gene-testing tech, all you have to use is an iPad-size device, and you'll have your result. And let's not forget the advances that tech has made to research for big illnesses like cancer.

As for people with disabilities -- robotics have literally transformed what it means to be handicapped. From bionic eyes to robotic and 3D-printed limbs, the tech world is helping bring people back to "normal." But despite our achievements, we still have a long way to go.

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LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 21 : 9 year old Josh Cathcart from Dalgety Bay shows his excitement during the final fitting for his new bionic hand at Touch Bionics' headquarters on August 21, 2015 in Livingston Scotland. Josh, who was born with his right arm missing from the elbow down, became the first person in the UK to receive an i-limb quantum, and also became the youngest person ever to wear one of Touch Bionics advanced prosthetic devices, Controlled by the wearers muscle signals the i-limb quantum is the first prosthetic hand that can change grips with a simple gesture. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
A robotic arm grinds the edges of a foot part for a symbionic leg prosthetic limb at the Ossur HF manufacturing plant in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. Ossur produces state-of-the-art bionic prosthetic lower limbs, which the wearer can control using his or her mind. Photographer: Arnaldur Halldorsson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Amputee Pierpaolo Petruzziello touches a robotic hand during a press conference in Rome, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Petruzziello took part in an experiment in which a group of European scientists say they successfully connected him to the robotic hand, using electrodes to his body, allowing him to control the prosthetic with his thoughts and feel sensations in the artificial limb. The experiment lasted a month. But scientists say it marks the first time an amputee has been able to make complex movements using his mind to control a biomechanic hand connected to his nervous system. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Robotic suits named HAL, or "hybrid assistive limb," are worn by models as Yoshiyuki Sankai, right with a microphone, a University of Tsukuba professor and new company Cyberdyne chief executive who designed HAL, explains during a press conference at the headquarters of Cyberdyne in Tsukuba, outside Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. HAL, that reads brain signals and helps people with mobility problems, will be available to rent in Japan for US$2,200 for both legs and $1,500 for a one leg a month starting Friday _ an invention that may have far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly. Listening to Sankai is Cyberdyne chief operating officer Mitsuhiro Sakamoto. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Robotic suits named HAL, or "hybrid assistive limb," are demonstrated during a press conference at the headquarters of Cyberdyne, a new company in Tsukuba, outside Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. HAL, which reads brain signals and helps people with mobility problems, will be available to rent in Japan for US$2,200 for both legs and $1,500 for a one leg a month starting Friday -- an invention that may have far-reaching benefits for the disabled and elderly. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Employees at Haneda international airport wearing HAL (hybrid assistive limb) devices carry heavy loads during a press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, July 2, 2015. HAL, developed by the robotics company Cyberdyne, assists workers by reducing loads on their lumbar when they lift heavy items. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
3D Printing, E-Nable Prosthetics, E-nable project puts volunteers with a 3D printers in touch with handicapped children who need a hand prosthesis, website provides the dimensions of the prosthesis, as well as design the child selected. Volunteers print and assemble the prosthesis free of charge. The 3D plans for the prosthesis are open source, everyone has access and can improve them. Thierry joined the community of volunteers in 2014, He is working on producing the prosthesis for a 5-year old girl who lives in England. (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
3D Printing, E-Nable Prosthetics, E-nable project puts volunteers with a 3D printers in touch with handicapped children who need a hand prosthesis, website provides the dimensions of the prosthesis, as well as design the child selected. Volunteers print and assemble the prosthesis free of charge. The 3D plans for the prosthesis are open source, everyone has access and can improve them. Thierry joined the community of volunteers in 2014, He is working on producing the prosthesis for a 5-year old girl who lives in England. (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
3D Printing, E-Nable Prosthetics, E-nable project puts volunteers with a 3D printers in touch with handicapped children who need a hand prosthesis, website provides the dimensions of the prosthesis, as well as design the child selected. Volunteers print and assemble the prosthesis free of charge. The 3D plans for the prosthesis are open source, everyone has access and can improve them. Thierry joined the community of volunteers in 2014, He is working on producing the prosthesis for a 5-year old girl who lives in England. (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
A Virtu-Limb artifical hand is displayed on one of the exhibition stands at Celtic Manor Resort on September 3, 2014, ahead of the NATO Summit 2014. Running over the 4th and 5th of September, the NATO members will gather to discuss issues such as the crisis in Ukraine and the threat of the Islamic State (IS). AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
An employee of Japanese robot venture Cyberdyne demonstrates new robot suit Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) for medical use, developed by University of Tsukuba professor Yoshiyuki Sankai, at the Cyberdyne headquarters in Tsukuba, suburban Tokyo on August 5, 2013. The HAL, which is designed to learn the user's motion and assist their movement, can be used for the rehabilitation of disabled and assist elderly people, was authenticated as a medical device in Europe by European certification authority. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
An Orthopaedic technology specialist assembles a 3D-printed artificial limb at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Uganda (CORSU) in Wakiso on April 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
3D Printing, E-Nable Prosthetics, E-nable project puts volunteers with a 3D printers in touch with handicapped children who need a hand prosthesis, website provides the dimensions of the prosthesis, as well as design the child selected. Volunteers print and assemble the prosthesis free of charge. The 3D plans for the prosthesis are open source, everyone has access and can improve them. Thierry joined the community of volunteers in 2014, He is working on producing the prosthesis for a 5-year old girl who lives in England. (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
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