Our High-Tech Health-Care Future – NYTimes.com

Our High-Tech Health-Care Future – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Contributor

Our High-Tech Health-Care Future

Cambridge, Mass.

WHY can’t Americans tap into the ingenuity that put men on the moon, created the Internet and sequenced the human genome to revitalize our economy?

I’m convinced we can. We are in the early phases of the next big technology-driven revolution, which I call “consumer health.” When fully unleashed, it could radically cut health care costs and become a huge global growth market.

Over the past few years, innovations like electronic health records and the use of mobile computing devices in hospitals have begun to improve medical care delivery. Consumer health information Web sites and online disease support groups have made millions of people active participants in their own health care.

But imagine a far more extreme transformation, in which advances in information technology, biology and engineering allow us to move much of health care out of hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices, and into our everyday lives.

Here’s a picture — inspired by ideas and innovations emerging from university research labs, clinical innovation centers, start-ups and large companies — of how it could work.


Read the full story here: The New York Times


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One response to “Our High-Tech Health-Care Future – NYTimes.com

  1. Pit

    I don’t think this would work, for two reasons:
    (1) That kind of surveillance the author envisages reminds me of Orwell’s 1984 and the nightmarish state it presents, as well as of Huxley’s Brave New World, and I doubt that such an intrusive surveillance would be accepted.
    (2) Even if that kind of surveillance would be accepted, it still rests with the individual to follow the doctor’s/device’s recommendations. And why should people do that?

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