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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