Future of Medicine: Why Everyone in Healthcare is Looking at Your Wrist

When you look at your wrist, you’re looking at the future of medicine. Wrists offer the potential that nothing else in the health technology world can offer: round-the-clock, non-intrusive contact.

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Children with asthma, for instance, using a smart device have had 84 percent adherence to prescriptions, compared with 30 percent in a control group, according to a New Zealand study reported in 2015, one of many on this topic.

The wrist is the next leap beyond smart devices that fit in your pocket. Just think about how many calls or reminders or airline check-in times you have missed because your phone is just out of sight — in your bag, in the cup holder in your car or in another room. The same can be said for a medical device such as an inhaler, but in this case, we are no longer talking about convenience, but people’s well-being.

  • Date: 2018-09-10T15:40:09-04:00
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Health meets wealth: tech giants break into healthcare

Technology in healthcare is increasingly becoming big business. According to a recent report from Markets and Markets, the global healthcare IT market is projected to reach $280.25 billion by 2021, up from $134.25 billion in 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate of 15.9 per cent.

It’s not surprising that some of the world’s biggest IT players are turning their attention to this rapidly expanding field. Big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things all have clear applications in the world of healthcare, and the major players are getting in on the act.

Smart Home Technology Becomes a Must

From voice-activated technologies like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, to sensors that can track movement, to smart lights and thermostats, to wearable devices that monitor health indicators, the pieces are now in place to create comprehensive “smart home” environments in senior living — and doing so is a must, if companies want to be well-positioned for the future.

Pulling together these disparate technologies into a single enterprise-level platform will not be easy, but it’s a challenge that providers are taking on in larger numbers, according to panelists who spoke last week at the Senior Housing News Summit in Los Angeles.

  • Publisher: Senior Housing News
  • Date: 2018-09-10T18:16:15-05:00
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Is this $150-a-month holistic primary care service the future of medicine?

The doctor doesn’t quite make house calls, but this “Uber for blood” guy was the first indication that this was going to be an entirely different checkup. My Parsley Health  experience started with a kindly bloodwork technician coming to me to draw a sample, pack it in his duffle bag, and drive away to the  lab. The whole thing took less than five minutes—all while I was still in pajamas.

Once I arrived in the doctor’s office inside an L.A.-area WeWork,  my appointment ran for 1.5 hours. A doctor, with my blood results already in hand, explored the physical and emotional issues affecting my well-being beyond the numbers. That can run the gamut from potential food allergies and environmental toxins to insomnia and stress.

  • Publisher: Fast Company
  • Date: 2018-08-31T08:00:47
  • Author: Rina Raphael
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