2019: the Year of Social Determinants of Health and Whole-Person Care

The healthcare industry has been a champion of whole-person care for decades, yet we seem no closer to a solution for proactive health management than we were in the early days of nurse advice lines and disease management programs. In the past, public and private healthcare organizations looked toward Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to help […]

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Drones in Human Health: Transforming Life Sciences in the Wilds of the Healthcare Jungle (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed Dian Fossey’s approach to gaining groundbreaking insights on primate behavior by directly observing and documenting the daily activities of gorillas in their natural environment. I described how applying and combining digital technologies such as drones and artificial intelligence (AI) could enable Fossey-style research at scale to improve […]

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Looking to Deliver IoT Value? Don’t Go It Alone

According to Gartner, more than $440 billion will be spent on Internet of Things initiatives by 2020. Yet networking company Cisco recently found that only 26% of organizations so far have completed an IoT initiative they consider a success. That percentage isn’t pretty. And companies don’t have much time to climb a steep learning curve and thus avoid costly failures. […]

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And the Amazon of the Healthcare Industry Is … Amazon?

Healthcare executives often ask us: “Who will be the Amazon of healthcare?”  Our answer: “Why not Amazon?” Recent news reports have suggested that Amazon is developing a healthcare platform that would integrate data from legacy electronic medical records and offer services such as virtual consultation on demand.  The company’s Echo virtual assistant could be part […]

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Intelligent Automation Is Making People and Businesses Smarter

It’s coming into focus that automation and digitization are disrupting business as usual, stoking fears of the massive unemployment (see McKinsey’s take, Oxford’s analysis, and MIT’s view). But while intelligent automation can mean fewer humans required, it also drives productivity to breakthrough levels by empowering people to do more in less time and with greater accuracy, freeing costs […]

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