Apple Ranks No. 1 in ‘World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies 2018’

Fast Company this week published its 2018 list outlining the world’s most innovative companies, with Apple scoring the top slot for its role in “delivering the future today,” according to the publication.

“The 2018 edition of the World’s Most Innovative Companies spans more than 350 enterprises across 36 categories,” Fast Company noted. “From the world’s most valuable firm and its continuing transformation of consumer electronics, to a small outfit selling natural gum to preserve rainforests. We hope you’re as inspired learning from these businesses as we were in selecting them.”

Of the top ten corporations on this year’s list, Apple was given the No. 1 slot for its unique “approach to the hardware and software engineering that creates its experiences,” which according to Fast Company “has never been more ambitious.”

“Our North Star is making the best products in the world,” said Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook.

In its extended company profile praising the tech titan, Fast Company noted how “Apple has continually revolutionized the consumer electronics industry.”

Who Else Made the List?

Other companies who made the top ten include Netflix, Square, Tencent, Amazon, Patagonia, CVS Health, The Washington Post, Spotify, and the National Basketball Association (NBA) — in that order.

Each firm who made the list is accompanied by an extended profile on its history, including its most notable achievements, as well as commentary on its potential to maintain its current level of innovation.

To view the complete list, be sure to visit Fast Company’s website.

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Apple Named World’s Most Innovative Company Due to Focus on Hardware and Software Integration

Fast Company today published its annual rankings of the 50 most innovative companies in the world, and this year, Apple is the number one company on the list for “delivering the future today.”

Apple was picked for its impressive list of accomplishments in 2017, which included the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3, ARKit, and its unique focus on hardware and software integration that sets it apart from its competitors. Apple designs its own chips that are optimized for its operating systems, resulting in performance that blows the competition away.

But creativity is more than skin deep–and Apple’s approach to the hardware and software engineering that creates its experiences has never been more ambitious. Other makers of phones and tablets buy the same off-the-shelf chips as their competitors. Apple, by contrast, designs its own chips–so an iPhone packs a processor designed specifically optimized for Apple’s operating system, apps, display, camera, and touch sensor. The company has gotten so good at chip design that the A10 Fusion inside the iPhone 7 trounces rival processors in independent speed benchmarks.

Apple also topped the list for its focus on privacy-based artificial intelligence advancements, its growing entertainment business, and its work to improve medical care with CareKit and ResearchKit. Its accomplishments boosted it up three spots from last year, when it was ranked the number four most valuable company in the 2017 list.

To create these rankings, Fast Company says that more than three dozen editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies to identify the most notable innovations of the year and trace their impact on businesses, industries, and the larger culture.

Other companies that made the top 10 list include Netflix, Square, Tencent, Amazon, Patagonia, CVS Health, The Washington Post, Spotify, and the NBA.

In addition to a master list, Fast Company publishes a breakdown of most innovative companies by sector. Apple also topped the list in the “Consumer Electronics” category, beating out companies like Amazon, Nintendo, and Sony.

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Innovative Technology Fights Back Against Flu Season

This year’s flu season in the United States is trending worse than the 2009 swine flu pandemic, as evidenced by the number of Americans visiting clinics or emergency rooms and crowding hospital beds and hallways with flu-like symptoms.

The flu season usually frightens those who suffer with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — people who have compromised lung function and are at a high risk for getting influenza. But a number of COPD patients in Philadelphia and in other parts of the country who are usually scared of the flu, are less anxious.

They’re using advanced mobile technology developed by Philadelphia-based HGE Health and offered through subscriptions paid for by hospitals like Temple Lung Center at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and payers like Health Partners Plans of Philadelphia, coupled with a communications regimen that’s keeping them healthier and much less anxious about the flu.

And, therefore, keeping them out of emergency rooms, hospitals and doctor’s offices.

“COPD patients in general experience fear and anxiety about breathing every day, 365 days of the year,” said Michael J. Markus, PhD., CEO of HGE Health, a healthcare technology company that works worldwide with pulmonary surgeons and physicians. “The flu season usually takes that anxiety to another level. When the flu is prevalent and COPD patients have trouble breathing, they often panic, which leads to heightened anxiety, making it even harder for these patients to breathe. This breathlessness-anxiety-breathlessness cycle drives many patients to the doctor or the hospital more often than needed because they can’t distinguish the symptoms of anxiety from the symptoms of COPD. But we’ve found a way to effectively break that cycle.”

Following a decade of clinical research, HGE Health launched a digital telemedicine platform and mobile app that enables physicians to remotely manage patients more closely and make it easy to adjust treatment therapies as new or differing COPD and medical issues arise. With or without the flu.

The technology and process are simple. Pulmonary patients use their smartphone, which securely communicates to the HGE Health platform, to report their daily COPD symptoms to their physician who has the option of making immediate changes in treatment. A prospective, randomized, controlled study found that patients who did this and received same-day treatment experienced more symptom-free days and fewer, typically less severe, exacerbations (a worsening of symptoms) when they do occur.

The easy, quick response by both physician and patient makes all the difference.

“Our technology has enabled patients and physicians to monitor these symptoms daily and change care plans rapidly, addressing medical issues before they get more complicated,” Markus explained. “The daily connectivity with physicians, which the HGE Care Plus platform encourages, means better management of symptoms and early warnings on any new symptoms, far less patient anxiety and dramatic decreases in the need for patients to seek other medical help during flu season. Our patients feel reassured that their caregiver is engaged and that any flare-up will be tackled same-day. It keeps patients in a better state of mind and health and out of the hospital, meaning lower medical costs for everyone.”

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