Connected Health: How mobile phones, cloud, and big data will reinvent healthcare
Our current healthcare system is in need of a radical reinvention. Traditional approaches have not brought the rapid change required by aging populations and the rising costs of healthcare, and government efforts too often get bogged down in partisan politics and fail to address systemic issues.
Thankfully, there is hope on the horizon. New approaches that embrace game-changing technology — mobile networks, big data, social media, and the Internet of things — could completely disrupt the status quo and transform the healthcare system. For this change to occur, we must create new institutions and collaborative markets and promote a cultural shift in how we think about medicine, health, and the body. Only then will the path to disruptive innovation be able to overcome its many obstacles and reach a future where health strategists are conversant in the tools and technologies of cooperation.
This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the emerging connected health ecosystem, including the startups and traditional technology players shaping the future of healthcare and innovative approaches by the government that demonstrate the need to move beyond the tired rhetoric of big government versus the market in healthcare.
- Frank Moss, managing partner of Strategic Software Ventures, LLC, and a part-time professor of the practice at the MIT Media Lab, where he heads the New Media Medicine group
“Jody Ranck weaves a cogent and compelling narrative capturing the essence of the escalating super-convergence occurring between the digital revolution, personal health, and healthcare delivery. Echoing Dr. Eric Topol’s “The Creative Destruction of Medicine”, Ranck succinctly lays out the current challenges plus the great opportunities in the emerging new world of digital and connected health, where wireless sensors and devices, mobile connectivity, genomics, health information systems, the Internet, big data, and social networking are empowering consumers and democratizing medicine. This is real healthcare reform and it’s well underway!”
- Paul Sonnier, Founder, Digital Health group on LinkedIn and Head of Digital Health Strategy, Popper and Company
Publisher: GigaOM Books