Engineers, programmers and data scientists are poised to revolutionize medicine as deeply as they previously changed and disrupted the automobile, aircraft, banking and telecommunications industries. Emerging technologies are already recasting the roles of doctors, patients and prospective patients in the monitoring, detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and physical conditions. The scope, depth and pace of this revolution are unprecedented. Yet our research suggests that most people remain largely unware of how these changes will impact their lives. It’s all hidden in plain sight.
What’s being revolutionized? Health monitoring and management, points of service and medical intervention, diagnostic processes, access to best care options and even clinical research. In other words, pretty much everything. These extraordinary changes will require limited government funding and involvement, unlike the delivery system envision by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In this context, government’s primary contribution may be to avoid applying archaic regulatory models and obsolete centralized controls that undermine innovation.
What’s driving this revolution? Technology in general and more specifically, sensors, portable and wearable devices, the data cloud, analytics and machine learning systems. The next post will focus on these drivers and their implications, using existing devices and emerging services to illustrate their potential. Innovative companies are already leveraging new capabilities to deliver high value, low cost, targeted services to early adopting clients. They are leading the way to fundamentally different paradigms of health care, management and support with the potential to lengthen lifespans and increase quality of life. Stay tuned!