Imagine a surgeon asking a Siri-like digital assistant in the operations theater about the options available in a risky operation, based on the patient’s medical history matched with a global database of similar cases. The “assistant” comes up with several options in a split second and, the surgeon and his team, choose one that they think is best and proceed.
Jimmy Kimmel made an emotional plea for improving the nation’s health care system on Monday night after revealing that his infant son was born with a potentially life threatening heart condition. The late-night host ignited a new conversation about America’s healthcare by bringing an emotional aspect to the debate.
By now, we have it on good authority that healthcare is complicated. Apparently, many healthcurious tech investors have come to similar conclusions. Healthcare investor Dr. Bijan SalehizadehIt seems that after several years of breathless hype, expectations have returned to earth (or lower) for many healthtech startups.
The United States spends the most on health care per person — $9,237 – according to two new papers published in the journal The Lancet. Somalia spends the least – just $33 per person. The data covering 184 countries was collected and analyzed by the Global Burden of Disease Health Financing Collaborator Network, a network of investigators from around the world with expertise in various aspects of health care. In between those two extremes, the spending is quite literally all over the map.
Did you know that a printer or a surveillance camera can be used to attack your network or that of another company? That’s what happened on October 21, 2016, when a large number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices were used to direct bogus traffic at targeted servers belonging to Dyn, a major provider of domain name system services to other companies. The attack impacted several major websites, including Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, GitHub, Etsy, Tumblr, Spotify, PayPal, Verizon, Comcast, and the PlayStation network.
For most of his life, Carl Goulden had near perfect health. He and his wife, Wanda, say that changed 10 years ago. Carl remembers feeling, “a lot of pain in the back, tired, fatigue, yellow eyes — a lot of jaundice.”
Wanda, chimes in: “Yellow eyes, gray-like skin.” His liver wasn’t working, she explains. “It wasn’t filtering.”
Trials of sensor-packed bandages that are capable of monitoring wounds could start happening within the next 12 months.
The innovative development is being led by Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science that is working on packing the tracking tech inside of 3D printed bandages. Those sensors will be able to monitor the state of a wound and relay that information back to a doctor to help customise the treatment.
I’m a physician at the end of more than a decade of training. I’ve dissected cadavers in anatomy lab. I’ve pored over tomes on the physiology of disease. I’ve treated thousands of patients with ailments as varied as hemorrhoids and cancer.
And yet the way I care for patients often has less to do with the medical science I’ve spent my career absorbing than with habits, environmental cues and other subtle nudges that I think little about.
There’s currently a shortage of over seven million physicians, nurses and other health workers worldwide, and the gap is widening. Doctors are stretched thin — especially in underserved areas — to respond to the growing needs of the population.
Meanwhile, training physicians and health workers is historically an arduous process that requires years of education and experience.
Proponents of consumerism in health care say simple steps can save patients a lot of money. Skeptics say the system is too complex for shopping to pay off in most cases. Patients are told they need to take greater control over their care. But are laypeople capable of sifting through all their choices to make the right decisions—particularly when it comes to costs?