Democratization of healthcare innovation: Stethocloud

StethoCloudHere is a summer story that is a counterpoint to the daily gloom and doom in the news. It’s about healthcare innovation, unlocked by some of my favorite trends: democratization of innovation;  low-cost startups; and the “death of geography”. On reflection, I am reminded of just what powerful drivers of better medicine and reduced healthcare costs these trends can be if they are allowed to flourish.

The story starts in mid-July, when I saw these two thought-leader tweets:

Second opinions, IBM’s Watson, and Crowdsourcing

Second opinions in medicine have always been a good idea. With the rise of artificial intelligence, and crowd sourcing, the concept of a “second opinion” is changing in some interesting ways.

I spent last week at Singularity University’s FutureMed, which I thoroughly recommend. It was a densely packed week full of exposure to emerging technologies like 3D tissue printing, synthetic biology, and real-world applications of genomics and pharmacogenomics. Far too much stuff to try and summarize here. A particularly interesting theme was the rise of artificial intelligence and its potential applications to medicine. [Read more…]

Primary care health, USA: the 401(k) model?

I have been spending a lot of time recently exploring Health 2.0 (digital health, quantified self, wireless health, etc) and trying to read the tea leaves about how the US healthcare system is likely to change, as total costs continue on a seemingly unsupportable long term trajectory. I see an interesting analogy to the history of retirement finance in the US over the last 50 years. If I am right, this has some intriguing implications. [Read more…]

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