From the Magazine Healthcare

Why American Healthcare Is So Hard to Heal

It’s not broken. It’s designed that way. And tech innovators alone can’t fix it.
(from the latest Techonomy magazine)   More

Healthcare Innovation

How Data Science Can Simplify Healthcare Payments

Medical bills that come long after a doctor's visit can be an unexpected and very unhappy surprise. But part of the reason is an archaic system that medical providers are required to use by the U.S. government. Now, however, there may be a technology solution. Eligible, whose CEO wrote this piece, offers a service to automate calculation of billing and insurance eligibility.   More

Analytics & Data Healthcare

New Efforts Promote Open Data in Science and Medicine

For American healthcare to improve, institutions must be able to share data. But they can’t. HIPAA and restrictive consent forms are among the challenges to data accessibility. But new approaches are emerging, and it may usher a new open data era.   More

Healthcare

Tech Will Make Lab Diagnostics Better for Everyone

Many devices remain unavailable in low-resource parts of the world. Even in well-developed healthcare systems, we can’t effectively detect and treat many diseases. But new specialized equipment, genomics, and connected diagnostics could lead to breakthroughs.   More

Healthcare Science

How Genomics Can Improve Cancer Care (at Techonomy Health)

Cancer kills millions every year. Advances in genomics and related technologies hold enormous potential for prevention and treatment, but researchers need more data. A Techonomy Health session tackled challenges in our current system, and the case for allowing researchers access to our genomes.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Healthcare: The Final Frontier for Smart Technology

Much of our lives has been made easier and more accessible by digitized services, except in healthcare. The reality is that healthcare is not yet “smart.” Once hospitals can implement a data-driven, secure infrastructure, doctors can use information more accurately to make decisions. Healthcare must catch up to other industries.   More

Healthcare Techonomy Events

The Tantalizing Potential of Technologizing Medicine (at Techonomy Health)

Technology's transformation of medicine was the focus of a panel at Techonomy Health with Brian Donley of Cleveland Clinic and Brent Shafer of Philips North America. They focused on how advances in tech will alter how patients receive care. The optimism was palpable, but for real breakthroughs, players across the American system need to better cooperate.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Soon You Won’t Need the Broken Healthcare System

The tech giants are moving quickly to deliver healthcare. Amazon is hiring leaders to bring it into the pharmaceutical market, sending shivers through executives at Walgreens and CVS. Google and Facebook watch for early-warning signs of life-threatening depression. If you think of healthcare as consumer-driven, you can grasp the future the giants envision.   More

Healthcare Techonomy Events

The Bioethics and Geopolitics of Genomics (at Techonomy Health)

New genomics technologies empower us to understand, manipulate, and even write the code of life. These technologies may produce medicine, biofuels, and bring major benefits to humanity. But they can also be used maliciously, for genetic discrimination or bioweapons. How do we ensure that they are used for good? This Techonomy Health session tackled these gnarly matters.   More

Healthcare Techonomy Events

At Techonomy Health: U.S. System Needs Way More Data

On a Techonomy Health panel on how data can drive healthcare, experts said improving the U.S. system demands lots of new technology and the data to fuel it, none of which is coming fast enough. And it requires innovators–and health institutions–willing to see ideas fail in order to find the greatest ones.   More

Healthcare Techonomy Events

At Techonomy Health: Ubiquitous Frustration and Not Enough Innovation

A panel at Techonomy Health in mid-May tackled the daunting and politically-charged question of how to redesign American healthcare. The best ideas look little like what we have today: universal health coverage, outcome-based care, and hospital systems that guarantee lower costs. Panelists looked to entrepreneurs for innovation. They agreed a huge obstacle is resistance to change among industry leaders.   More

Healthcare Techonomy Events

Techonomy Health Videos

Missed Techonomy Health or want to see it again? You can watch any individual session, in order, or click through with the arrows and select specific sessions. Very shortly the sessions will all be archived and transcribed in our “events” section.   More

Healthcare Jobs Techonomy Events

Huffington at Techonomy Health: Putting JPMorgan Chase Employees to Sleep

Arianna Huffington surprised the audience at Techonomy Health in New York when she and the CMO of JPMorgan Chase explained how an emotionally-sensitive approach to defining “health” was being applied at the kind of corporate giants people often think of as soulless behemoths.   More

Healthcare Partner Insights

Designing the Future of Healthcare

In today’s shifting healthcare landscape, where technology is pervasive and people feel more ownership over their own health, we expect more from products and services. To create meaningful and connected experiences, companies like Johnson & Johnson are rethinking the role and value of design as a differentiator. Design is more than just aesthetics or packaging.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Fun and Games in Medication Adherence

People not taking the drugs they're prescribed is a serious problem – half of all patients with chronic diseases don’t take their medications properly. That leads to 125,000 deaths each year. But a new "gamified" approach allows people to earn points each time they take a medication, obtain a refill, or learn something new about their condition.   More

Community Insights Healthcare Internet of Things

Why Digital Tech Will Create More Jobs than it Destroys

Many worry that new digital tools, robots and artificial intelligence are going to replace entry-level and middle class jobs. I appreciate the concern, but I disagree. Just as electricity created vastly more jobs than it destroyed in the 20th century, the mobile internet will do the same in the 21st.   More

Healthcare Partner Insights

Harnessing the Power of Behavior Change

Changing behavior for greater health is not just a challenge for public health or psychology. We've got to get consumers more engaged in and proactive about their health. But we need more than just innovation. We need holistic solutions that keep the individual at the center.   More

Global Tech Healthcare

China’s Challenges in Healthcare Innovation

China produces relatively few breakthrough innovations in science, medicine, and healthcare technology. But China’s leaders understand that healthcare innovation is crucial for their nation’s continued rise, and massive new investments and policy reforms could soon transform healthcare R&D. In some fields such as precision medicine, it even may become a global leader.   More

Business Healthcare

Impressive Bipartisan Senate Action Promotes Online Healthcare

The Senate Finance Committee has moved legislation to finance telehealth services via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, reports Modern Healthcare. The fact that it was the powerful Finance Committee that took this action is all the more significant, and welcome. Could it portend ongoing support for digital health measures in Congress? It would be wonderful to think so...   More

Government Healthcare

FDA Greenlights 23andMe and Opens New Era for Consumer DNA Info

It was a much-needed breakthrough when the FDA last week OK'd personal genomics company 23andMe selling genetic tests directly to consumers. In 2013 the agency had banned the startup from releasing disease-related information. Now we should finally see a consumer-driven marketplace for genomic data.   More