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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Healthcare

Infectious Diseases Really Are Out to Get You

Infectious disease outbreaks are occurring more often and with more complex infection patterns, making them harder to treat. While this is a very scary reality, new approaches to diagnosis, treatment and preparation for epidemics hold promise, reported top scientists at a recent conference called Advances in Genome Biology and Technology.   More

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How Tech Creates Jobs and Helps Aging Americans

The American home healthcare industry, already employing 2.5 million, is facing a crisis as the need grows quickly even as poor working conditions and low pay deter new caregivers from entering the field. Honor, run by author Sternberg, brings automation and smartphone assistance and convenience to workers and improves the quality of care.   More

Healthcare

Technology Helps Cut Global Surgery Shortage

Too many people around the world lack access to affordable surgery. About 143 million additional procedures are needed each year in low- and middle-income countries to prevent unnecessary death and disability, according to a 2015 study. Yet new devices, AR and VR platforms, data analytics tools, and even AI-powered robots are slowly changing the game.   More

Community Insights Healthcare

Telemedicine is now Medicine

Though it's been around since the 1960's, telemedicine has grown up and is now a significant part of American healthcare. For instance, "telestroke" programs are widely used to get aid quickly to stroke victims. The emergency room, too, is much changed, as this essay by the CIO of hospital giant NewYork-Presbyterian explains. But public attitudes haven't caught up to what digital health can now achieve.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

Anybody Want a $25,000 Checkup?

Human Longevity Institute offers a $25,000 full-day full-body examination including genomic sequencing. It promises to uncover hidden health risks and enable potentially lifesaving interventions. The benefits, it says, are not just for you, but for society, as info is gathered about how our genome intersects with our health. The price is controversial, but co-founder Craig Venter is confident he's onto something big.   More

Healthcare

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

Healthcare

HealthTap Connects People with Doctors Online

HealthTap gives patient/consumers access to doctors through video, voice, and text chat on any connected device. It also provides a platform for a community of physicians to share knowledge among themselves. The age of digital healthcare is coming quickly, and bringing doctors and patients together online is a critical step.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare

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