Archive for September 19th, 2008

The Intelligent Cloud – Implications for Health and Medicine

September 19, 2008

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

This phrase describes the future of cloud computing and more specifically, information storage and retrieval.
Predictions from Google:

  • By 2019, parallel-processing computer clusters will be 50 to 100 times more powerful
  • we’ll also see a rush of new devices customized to particular applications, and more environmental sensors and actuators, all sending and receiving data via the cloud.
  • computer systems will have greater opportunity to learn from the collective behavior of billions of humans
  • Researchers across medical and scientific fields can access massive data sets and run analysis and pattern detection algorithms that aren’t possible today.

There are likely other implications for health care, such as, accessing the the cloud (or a secure area of it) to see your medical records or X-rays anywhere and on any device (Google map of your body and DNA?), ability to get answers to complex medical problems from anywhere, intelligent prescriptions with a map to the closest pharmacy or dispensing station of the future. Other ideas?  Need a cloud computing for medicine think tank.

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Project Health Design Conference video available

September 19, 2008

“Design Teams Unveil Innovative PHR Applications that Help People Take Charge of Their Health. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored project demonstrates how a new vision for personal health records can transform the way people engage in health care.”

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Esther Dyson interview about The Digital Health Revolution

September 19, 2008

In an interview from Scribemedia.org, Esther Dyson discusses the problems with the health care system and the limitations of Health 2.0.  She sees Health 2.0 as emphasizing the problems in the system rather than solving them. She promotes the idea of changing financial incentives to promote outcomes.  She discusses the importance of transparency in health care including more specific data about physicians to assist in selection of providers and hospitals. Outcome data needs to be presented in a way that is understandable to the consumer.

“I want people to understand stuff”, she says in reference to her interest in genetics through her investment and involvement in 23 and Me and other ventures.

Another quote: “Intelligence is like the semantic web.”

Worth the 35 minutes of your time.

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