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Americans Want Government Healthcare, But They’re Afraid to Say So

What do Americans want in healthcare reform? Lower costs. The best way to get there isn’t through insurance companies—and may very well be through government-sponsored programs like Medicare. If we continue to treat this topic as taboo, we may never find a better solution to the healthcare crisis.   More

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Techonomy’s Top 5 Articles for 2016

Techonomy's five most-viewed stories included reports about our historic conversation with Mark Zuckerberg, a research psychologist's analysis of why so many White Americans support Trump, a trenchant set of predictions about VR and AR, and two of our many articles on healthcare. One explains why Singapore is becoming a digital health hub, and the other examines the rich potential of data.   More

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Islamic Bioethicists Debate Genomics at Qatar Health Summit

Many countries in the Middle East see exciting opportunities in genomics. Yet they also face challenging questions about reconciling it with local moral and cultural traditions. At a meeting in Qatar global healthcare leaders debated guidelines for a region where, for example, more than 20% of marriages are between first cousins.   More

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Jonathan Usuka on AI for Health

No development in tech is more hyped and freighted with expectation than artificial intelligence. Every industry is poised for AI driven transformation, but none more than health. What should we expect? But since AI only really gets its “I” if the software gets access to gigantic data sets, where will the data come from, and who will control it? What role will tech companies play, compared to those traditionally focused on health? Will AI alter the industry balance of power?   More

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Dr. Eric Topol at Techonomy Health

Dr. Eric Topol visits with David Kirkpatrick at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay during Techonomy Health.   More

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What Trump Means for Healthcare in Asia

Trump has famously declared that he would move to withdraw from the TPP on his first day as president. But studies show that the agreement would be good for both US and Asian healthcare. Plus, America's habit of bringing investment, ideas, and improved standards of care to Asian healthcare might be in jeopardy.   More

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Kaiser and Philips Health Chiefs on Obamacare and U.S. Medicine’s Future at Techonomy

With all the uncertainty around the Affordable Care Act, the Techonomy 2016 audience listened attentively to two experts in the field. Among other predictions, the speakers said digital health will unquestionably play a major role in healthcare moving forward, that the ACA will be harder to repeal than many might expect, and that reimbursement strategies are likely to shift to a more outcomes-based model.   More

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At Techonomy 2016, a Vision of Disrupted Healthcare

Medicine will be unrecognizable in the coming decades, with technology changes leading to better care at home, vanishing hospitals, and doctors who can monitor patients’ activity and health between visits. Leaders in various sectors who spoke at Techonomy 2016 contributed to the futuristic picture.   More

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Consumers to Health Insurers: Keep it Simple

The American healthcare markethas undergone a period of rapid change in recent years. Chief among these changes has been a general shift towards consumer choice, prompting the rollout of new tech products in a bid to entice customers. But a new study suggests the best way to win over consumers is to bring things back down to earth.   More

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Funding, Coaching, and Data: StartUp Health Wants to Transform Healthcare

Part incubator, part venture fund, part mentorship program, StartUp Health aims to create an ecosystem for digital health entrepreneurs. Backed by Steve Case, Mark Cuban, Jerry Levin, Esther Dyson, and GE Ventures, among others, five-year-old StartUp Health has 150 companies in its portfolio.   More

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Healthcare Needs a More Robust Feedback Loop

As collective knowledge is shared, consumers become empowered – and more demanding. That kind of health care marketplace will reward and punish using similar criteria as in other industries. With more shared data, patients get the power to choose better doctors, bringing competition to a part of the healthcare market that has long avoided it.   More

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Data-Driven Healthcare: Can it Help All Countries?

Healthcare was a recurring theme of the Techonomy NYC conference in late May. In several sessions, the connection between an interconnected world and a healthier world emerged. Author Greene watched the conference from a hotel room in Singapore, and found both enlightening and disturbing connections to his own work on digital healthcare in emerging countries in Southeast Asia.   More

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David Agus Calls for Healthcare Leadership at Techonomy NYC

At Techonomy NYC last week, physician and author David Agus outlined a dazzling vision of a healthier society driven by digital and other tech innovations. But getting there requires leadership we now lack. We also need to aggressively engage consumers in their own health management.   More

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Healthcare Goes Digital: Fewer Hospitals, Empowered Doctors, and a Medical Sharing Economy

Tech is helping drive exciting changes in healthcare, though they don’t galvanize public attention like driverless cars or virtual reality headsets. But as the industry embraces digital strategies, American patients may begin to see a patient-centric model that will streamline the system and upend the way medical professionals operate.   More

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Digital Tools Will Keep Us Healthier, a Davos Dinner Concludes

At a fascinating dinner in Davos, health care leaders tackled the changing face of healthcare in a digital age, and how technology can empower both patients and caregivers. The deeply-informed group was optimistic that huge progress is possible, and soon. The host was healthcare technology giant Philips,   More

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Genomic Medicine Is Here. American Healthcare Isn’t Ready.

As many as half a million people have had their genomes sequenced. This data has already contributed to major medical success stories, but it is not yet clear that genomics can overcome the significant barriers that exist in traditional medicine to achieve its potential for American healthcare.   More

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How Anybody Can Help Advance Genomic Medicine Now

Genomic medicine is on the horizon, and is likely to change healthcare. But there’s no shortage of challenges: regulations, data-sharing limits, funding, and lack of research participants, to name a few. But the biggest obstacle, surprisingly, is what's called "informed consent." That's what people need to agree to if they are to participate in research. And right now, each of us has a unique chance to minimize this obstacle by speaking out for a change.   More

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Can Open Data Drive Innovative Healthcare?

As healthcare systems worldwide become increasingly digitized, medical scientists and health researchers have more data than ever. Yet much valuable health information remains locked in proprietary or hidden databases. A growing number of open data initiatives aim to change this, but it won’t be easy.   More

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The IoT of Health: Big Data Can Make Us Healthier

The Internet of Things (IoT) has a lot to offer in the medical realm, but such connectivity lags far behind what's happening with other consumer goods and electronics. A few early glimpses of possibilities in this field show there are tremendous advantages to be had if we can get past these current hurdles and establish a bio-based IoT. (A session entitled "The Internet of (Bio)things" at the upcoming Techonomy Bio conference on March 25 in Mountain View explores this question.)   More

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How the Internet of Things Can Enhance Human Relationships

Technology for capturing patient visits promises to free doctors from the burden of data entry and updating medical records, which consumes more than two hours of the average professional’s workday, according to digital health startup Augmedix. Meanwhile, information fed into a doctor's Google Glass screen could allow physicians to remain present and undistracted during limited patient face time. As digital health options proliferate, technology will free physicians from back-office burdens and reduce inefficiencies.   More