June 5, 2013

NOTHING COSTS MORE THAN IT USED TO:

Prepare For A Personalized, Preventative Health Care Revolution : The rumblings have been there for a while, but the pace of innovation in medicine here and in the developing world is about to increase dramatically. (Ben Schiller, 6/03/13, Co.Exist)

If you were to pick a major industry about to see an incredible amount of change, you might choose health care. Vinod Khosla, the venture capitalist, says technology could replace 80% of what doctors do within 10 years. And you can already see it happening. The burgeoning Quantified Self movement is using cheap sensors and apps to monitor health and moods. In the future, we may not need doctors for routine check-ups: all the information will be there on the smartphone.

A new mini-report from trend-spotting shop, Sparks & Honey, gives a good summation of big picture developments, looking at the implications both for people and the health care industry.

Doctors are being disrupted in a very big way.
The key point is that health care is no longer a specialists' domain. The availability of cheap medical devices, like handheld ultrasounds and mobile eye exam machines, means citizens can take health into their own hands. Embedded sensors, on tattoos and subcutaneous chips, will soon transmit live updates to doctors' tablets.

"Doctors are being disrupted in a very big way," says Sparks & Honey founder Terry Young. "And it's being driven by the fact that traditional types of medical approach, where you go to the doctor and there's one person who knows everything, is shifting rapidly."

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