Community Insights 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 Cities Community Insights

Michigan Bets on Connected Tech for its Continued Revival

Michigan's leaders want it to become a tech hub. But low-wage work is increasingly the norm, and Detroit still has very far to go. Policymakers aim to leverage the considerable tech resources of existing industries, and plan to use the Internet of Things as another key element for a leap forward. Smart traffic lights are going in now.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Community Insights Science

Believe the Neuralink Hype—It’s Important for Technological Innovation

Elon Musk’s latest venture, the recently-launched startup Neuralink, aims to merge mind and machine using brain-computer interface technology. Some commentators are dismissing its vision as pure hype. But buzz matters—we need such hype for radical tech innovation.   More

Community Insights Security & Privacy The Internet

Will Your Next Password Be a Brainwave?

Secure internet authentication with today's technology is more and more difficult. Even two-factor authentication is not enough. But at UC Berkeley, the next frontier in biometrics-based security is emerging: meet passthoughts—your brainwaves as an identifier, unique to an individual yet changeable anytime.   More

Analytics & Data Community Insights Startup Culture

Lack of Trust is Holding Back the Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is stagnant. Rides may still be going up, but rooms, crowdfunding, and other services are flat or declining. The reason can be summed up in a word: trust. Millennials are the sharing economy's best hope--but will it be enough?   More

Community Insights Startup Culture

How Entrepreneurship Built My Confidence as a Woman in Tech

A few months ago, I was a Muslim immigrant woman studying computer science at the City College of New York. I didn't guess I would help found prize-winning edtech startup Enrich. It helps students and families find after-school and other enrichment programs. I've found it deeply meaningful.   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

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

Cities Community Insights Transportation

Harnessing the Data Exhaust (from vehicles)

It may be another generation until driverless cars are the norm, but in the meantime we need data to train the software, as well as to assist in the development of new infrastructure and regulatory regimes. A vast amount of data is already accumulating from cars now on the road, and it dwarfs what's gathered in Google and Uber’s autonomous car projects.   More

Analytics & Data Community Insights

Are we being replaced by machines? Not yet, but we’re working on it

In the 21st century brace yourself for algorithms made by algorithms. AI has suddenly become able to equal and soon to surpass homo sapiens in what we thought were unique human faculties that required consciousness: vision and language.   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

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

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

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

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

Bio & Life Sciences Community Insights Healthcare

2017 Biotech Trends–Regrown Organs, Augmented Brains, and AI Diagnosis

At IndieBio we see hundreds of biotech startups and technologies, and a few key themes are emerging for 2017. Fiction is becoming a reality with cell therapies. The era of the brain has arrived. And machine learning and AI are now a key part of biotech innovation.   More

Community Insights Government Jobs

H1B Visas: Why They’re Broken and What we Can Do

The Trump administration may further restrict H1B work visas for technology workers. There are inherent problems with the current H1B system, but even more with the Trump proposal. We need to increase the minimum salary for H1B recipients, require employers that utilize them to take concrete actions to benefit American workers, and initiate a crash program to improve the tech skills of Americans.   More