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

Internet of Things

Wired Wineries: IoT Fine-Tunes Ancient Processes

Making wine has become as much science as art, and tech is playing an increasing role. Hahn Family Wines in California partners with Verizon to deploy sensors throughout their vineyards. The sensors collect data that is analyzed and used to increase output and improve flavor.   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

Techonomy Events

A User’s Manual to Techonomy Health and NYC in Mid-May

Techonomy's conferences about tech's impact are absurdly ambitious. But that's what makes them unique, useful, and fun. To understand what's happening because of tech in the world you need to discuss way more than the next iPhone or what's happening in the tech industry. We like to say every company is a tech company. Our Health and NYC events May 16th & 17th are for anyone who wants to understand where the world is heading and what it means for business.   More

Community Insights Transportation

Railways on Track for Digital Transformation

The internet of things (IoT) is beginning to transform railroads, despite the industry's longstanding conservatism. The amount of data trains generate is measured in “brontobytes” (millions of times more than a petabyte). It's full steam ahead on all fronts for analytics and increased efficiency. It will all make a real–if hard to notice–difference in our economy.   More

Cities Community Insights

Disrupting Concrete with Code

The construction industry is less productive than it was 60 years ago. Software and digital tools are either absent or extremely primitive. But new software could help this industry finally catch up to the rest of the economy. The mobile devices that are in every construction workers' hands should help them get their jobs done.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Rwanda’s New Medical School Reflects its Values and Aspirations

Rwanda has achieved some of the most dramatic gains in health and poverty-reduction in the world. This small, landlocked African country has developed a primary health-care system with near-universal access to clinical care and insurance. Techonomy Health speaker Agnes Binagwaho and the University of Global Health Equity are paving the way.   More

Analytics & Data Finance Security & Privacy

The Fin-ternet of Things: Connecting Everything Means Rethinking Money

The coming world of the Internet of Everything means driverless cars making per-minute toll payments, lightbulbs that pick an energy vendor, IP royalties paid by devices themselves in real time, and investment decisions made by robo-advisors. This more efficient world will mean changes for banks, investment, and the way all of us live.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Artificial Intelligence: Healthcare’s Next Big Opportunity

Healthcare innovation and investing goes through cycles, and this will be the year of healthcare artificial intelligence. AI will both increase access to medical care and and lower its cost, at a time when we're facing a growing shortage of U.S. doctors. Chatbots, or “symptom checkers,” are already being developed by digital health companies.   More

Healthcare

How Tech Will Propel Asia’s Insurance Explosion

Asia may be the insurance industry's biggest opportunity for growth. Many companies there are betting on new "insurtech" innovations. China's online-only insurer Zhong An is the world’s most well-funded such startup. Singapore, and Hong Kong have also become centers for tech targeting the region's vast and growing middle class.   More

Community Insights Global Tech The Internet

Fighting ISIS in the Cyber Age

While the world looks at ISIS as a military challenge, it is instead best considered a "militant brand," with its own powerful marketing agency. There is no grey-haired terrorist management leadership. Instead, over 500 social media experts recruit globally. Welcome to Terror 3.0.   More

Arts & Culture

At Eyebeam, Tech Meets Poetry and Aesthetics

A hadron collider for art and technology, Eyebeam is a Brooklyn incubator that launches companies and art projects, benefitting both. Its aesthetic centers on the rapid-moving world of technology. This institution doesn't care if you call yourself an artist or an engineer, so long as you're making things that matter.   More

Government Healthcare Science

Act Now or Forfeit Privacy for Genetic Data

A new bill making its way through the House of Representatives would allow employers to require genetic testing for employees. It would be a massive setback, stripping Americans of genetic nondiscrimination protections that took years to put in place. If you value your right to privacy, contact your Congressperson.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Why Tuberculosis Persists

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the great scourges. Amazingly, one of every three people in the world is infected. Why it persists: political leaders do not understand its sociology; scientists lack effective paradigms to attack it; and the rich and famous no longer die from it. We need fewer excuses and more action.   More

Techonomy Events

Reflections from Ross: Looking Towards Our May New York Conference

Our New York conference in May starts with a day on health and continues with our usual wide-ranging look at how tech changes business, and what leaders need to know. You'll hear GE's Beth Comstock, Arianna Huffington, WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey, WebMD CEO Dr. Steven Zatz, Eli Pariser of Upworthy, who coined "filter bubble," and experts on drones, privacy, media, construction, the sharing economy, the actual economy, and much more.   More

Healthcare Partner Insights

Healthcare 9021…uh oh

Your health should not depend on your zip code, yet huge disparities exist even in developed countries like the U.S. And in a turnabout, now children may not live as many years as their parents. Philips' mission is to intervene with collaboration, technology, and big data, to improve the lives of three billion people a year by 2025.   More

Cities Startup Culture

Tech:NYC Celebrates and Shapes New York’s Tech Industry

Tech:NYC draws together local tech companies large and small to work with government, build industry ties and cultivate critical tech talent. It was only formed last year, but is already having a significant impact, both underscoring and contributing to the robust growth of technology in New York.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Could Bats Reveal the Fountain of Youth?

Unlike other tiny mammals, bats and mole-rats live especially long lives. Now scientists are starting to understand why. At a time when interest in longevity is massive and growing, their answers might point the way toward useful knowledge about how we ourselves could last a bit longer.   More

Healthcare

InsurTech Startups Strive to Reinvent Insurance

Technology is starting to transform insurance. The industry may be conservative, but we're seeing innovation ranging from new health underwriters (like Oscar, whose CEO speaks at Techonomy NYC May 17), to a Scottish company that insures borrowed cars on a per-hour basis.   More

Security & Privacy

Hello Barbie Hijacked, as Techonomy 2016 Foreshadowed

At Techonomy 2016, panelists revealed shocking security risks associated with embedding the internet in children’s toys. The fear that these devices could be compromised appears to have been warranted. Over the past year, hackers have found a way to turn "Hello Barbie" into a listening device, and have held data ransom. Germany has even banned certain connected toys in their country.   More