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Four trends that will shape future advances in healthcare

Four trends that will shape future advances in healthcare | FUTURE TRENDS THAT MATTER | Scoop.it

This year's Center for Connected Health Symposium, presented by the Boston-based Partners HealthCare system, aimed to place today's healthcare challenges in the context of the innovations that will drive change. Here are four trends that will shape future advances in healthcare — and what will catalyze these and other advances in years to come.


1. Data Analytics: Improved Population Health Management


Analytics, to no one's surprise, ranks highly among healthcare innovations with the most untapped potential. Big data use cases for healthcare continue to emerge, but many organizations remained mired in more traditional analytics practices. In these instances, it can take months to conduct an analysis, says Michael Greeley, founder and general partner with Flybridge Capital Partners; by then, the "window to intervene" has long since shut.

2 . Telestroke: Improving Stroke Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery


Like analytics, telestroke seems poised to move from pilot phase to sustainability.

A need certainly exists. More than 40 percent of the nation's hospitals have fewer than 100 beds, says Dr. David Hess, chairman of the Georgia Regents University Department of Neurology, and therefore have little choice but to transfer stroke patients to facilities with more comprehensive stroke centers. But most of those small hospitals are in remote areas, and moving a patient is literally a life-or-death decision.


3. Healthcare at Home: The Patient-Centered Medical Home


While the so-called patient-centered medical home is largely absent from the Affordable Care Act, the principles of healthcare reform and the accountable care model nonetheless present an opportunity to demonstrate the value of telemedicine and mobile health. The key task is reducing hospital readmissions — which is part of healthcare reform, so much so that hospitals with "excess" readmissions within 30 days face reduced reimbursements.


4. Emotional Sensing: Understanding How Patients Feel


Skydiving brings similar physiological effects to all comers, says Meghan Searl, a research psychologist with the Center for Connected Health — an increased heart rate, a shortness of breath and, well, the feeling that one's dropping from the sky. Some find it exhilarating; others, downright frightening.


What Will Drive Future Healthcare IT Innovation?


So what will drive emotional sensing, analytics, home healthcare, telestroke technology and otherhealthcare IT innovations? Connected Health Symposium speakers offered these prognostications.


Sensors. Saxon has used sensors to help athletes pinpoint cardiovascular tendencies and military personnel identify who experiences the least stress. She also says she sees potential in automobile sensors, which are already plentiful and could be augmented to, say, monitor a driver's blood pressure using sensors in the steering wheel. External sensors, in particular, are prime for growth, Firlik adds: "As soon as we don't invade the body, we have a lower regulatory barrier."


Social media. YouTube is the most popular "TV network" among 18-34 year olds, Saxon points out, and works well as an educational platform for, say, sharing recipes and diet tips for young diabetes patients. Meanwhile, Saxon's everyheartbeat.org encourages people to post a photo of their heart rate to Instagram, simultaneously offering "another window of experience" for the photo-sharing site and providing an easy-to-access data set.


Scale. True solutions will need to span hospital departments and lines of business, says Dr. Scott Howell, senior vice president of clinical affairs for Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions. They'll also need to be integrated, which will mean cooperating with pharmacies, acute care facilities, nursing homes and other affiliates and business partners.


Startups. Large tech firms such as Google are hiring chief innovation officers. To Greeley, this signals two things: That they recognize that data drives healthcare and that they represent potential co-investors for early-stage investment.

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Amazon could soon become a player in the fintech space.

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Thanks to its huge customer base, geographic coverage, e-commerce volume, and fintech capability, Amazon could take much business away from retail banks, killing many off, as it did years ago with bookstores.

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The wearable future has implications for every sector of the economy.

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Canada is ripe for deficit stimulus investment. It will pay off handsomely short/long-term. Worries are unfounded.

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MY PREDICTION: 51% of New Car Sales will be E-Cars by 2025 << The End of Oil.

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Based on trends in current technology, e-Cars are getting cheaper and cheaper and will become cheaper than gasoline-powered vehicles by 2025, far more economical to operate, and will be recharegable as rapidly as filling up with gasoline. At that pointm they will become the top seller, with many brands coming from China.

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This is my own Predictive post. I repeat what is stated above. Based on trends in current technology, e-Cars are getting cheaper and cheaper and will become cheaper than gasoline-powered vehicles by 2025, far more economical to operate, and will be recharegable as rapidly as filling up with gasoline. At that pointm they will become the top seller, with many brands coming from China.

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FOSSIL FUEL ERA is ENDING: Saudi Arabia is Diversifying to Renewables

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Even as it pumps near-record quantities of oil, Saudi Arabia is getting ready for a time when the world will no longer need its biggest export.
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FOSSIL FUEL ERA is COMING to a CLOSE. All fossil based economies MUST diversify. Saudi SArabia says so.

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BRILLIANT LONG ARTICLE: 20 Excuses Filipinos Use to Justify Society’s Failure

BRILLIANT LONG ARTICLE: 20 Excuses Filipinos Use to Justify Society’s Failure | FUTURE TRENDS THAT MATTER | Scoop.it

When closely examining the issue of why the Philippines has turned out to become Asia’s Basketcase of Wasted Democrazy, a Tagalog expression actually seems to perfectly capture the essence of our society’s collective failure to progress, improve ourselves, and fix the very problems that turned us into a Basketcase: “Kung talagang gusto, maraming paraan; Kung talagang ayaw, maraming dahilan…” (“If you really want it, there are many ways; If you don’t really want it, there are many excuses.”) The unfortunate Truth about the general collective failure of Filipinos as a society and the dismal performance of the Philippines on the world stage reveals that Filipinos simply don’t really seem to want to be successful to begin with. 

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This is a long but brilliant article that could be applied to almost any society, especially a developing one, on why it is too slow to change and modernize.

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Are Canadian Home Prices Over-Valued?

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Canada's housing market is on fire. But it might be too hot.
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Are Canadian Home Prices Over-Valued? No, not so long as Chinese money keeps flowing in.

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Solar Costs Dropping 10% a year; will supply 20% of Global Energy within 10 years.

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SOLAR POWER will wipe out the fossil fuel industry. Solar costs are dropping 10% annually, and solar will supply 20% of all global energy by 2027 -- then increasing rapidly to 50% of energy by 2040 (my forecast).


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FORGET ABOUT SINGULARITY: Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of People (IoP) are Separate Entities.

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Consumer and business technologies have been merging for some time now, but the trend is accelerating. Here are 10 developments worth keeping your eye on.
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FORGET ABOUT SINGULARITY: Humans and technology are NOT melding into single beings. Such an idea is nonsense. Every technology is an extension of us and our abilities. We create it. Yes, we will interact and converge with it periodically, and various technologies may be incorporated into our bodies, as they are now with pacemakers and transplants. But otherwise, we attach and then detach ourselves from technology on a routine basis, just as when we switch off the TV or exit a movie theater or log offline, or deplane an airplane or go to and from a space station. This is no different than the invention of the telephone where you attach and detach with others in order to achieve things more efficiently. Worries about humanoids becoming smarter than us and taking over the world are bizarre. They will only be able to do what we program them to do, including any ability they might be given to reproduce. They will only be able to think what we program and allow them to think. So let's understand what convergence is really about, and embrace it.

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Top 10 Trends for Banks in 2016

The top ten banking trends for 2016 will include technology-transformed branches, more targeted branch closures and increased use of digital technology.

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GOOD ARTICLE: Discusses the outlook for bank branches and customer relations as technology continues to evolve and change channels.

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Trends in Information Technology Law

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This piece looks ahead to what we might expect as IT law developments in 2016.

More than most years, looking ahead to what’s in store for IT lawyers next year is all about the big picture: how IT developments will impact businesses...

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Excellent and thought-provoking piece on how artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud are transforming IT (via Data), with implications for IT Law.

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Obama Exposes Gun-Control Rift - How Key U.S. Voting Blocks View Guns

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Voter bases at odds on guns are likely to see their parties ramp up rhetoric on the issue in 2016.
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Gun control now likely set to be key U.S.  2016 election issue.

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Canada's Monetary & Interest Rate Policy in Divergence with U.S. Fed

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Governor Poloz talks about the global commodity price shock and how it is leading to economic and financial divergence.
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MUST READ transcript of excellent explanatory presentation by Bank of Canada about current economic situation in Canada and abroad, with outlook for interest rate and exchange rate context.

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Five Steps to Formalizing Forward Thinking in Your Organization

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Forward thinking is more than a generic phrase. Here are specific tactics to help companies capitalize on future trends.
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Useful examples explaining how various companies do trend spotting and come up with relevant lists of future trends. Others hire a consulting futurist such as myself. ;-)

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Future of Mobility & Business Ecosystems

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A fundamentally new business ecosystem is emerging due to the societal and technological shift toward shared and self-driving vehicles, with impacts that will extend far beyond just the automotive industry.

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A brand new ecosystem will emerge from the socio-tech shift to shared and self-drive vehicles, with impacts far beyond the auto sector.

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Five Business Trends To Watch In 2016

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From big data to the gig economy, 2016 may be the year that familiar buzzwords start having real, mainstream impact.
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5 key trends for any kind of enterprise, worthy of your attention.

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FANTASTIC CHARTS of Every Major Interest Rate Cycle since 1970s

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"Here is a look at 14 interest rate actions that marked the beginning of a cycle of raising or cutting the benchmark rate."
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FANTASTIC array of CHARTS of 14 FED Interest Rate Cycles and their effect on other rates since 1970s.

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Major Trends in Medicine Use to 2020

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What does the future hold for global drug spending? According to the latest report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, there are a number of surprising findings.
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Excellent article of major trends in global medicine use by 2020, extracted from a comprehensive report on the pharmaceutical industry.

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Can Terrorists Really Infiltrate the Syrian Refugee Program?

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Despite the current uproar, the U.S. has been resettling people fleeing war-torn countries for decades without trouble.
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There is next to zero chance that a terrorist is going to come as a refugee.

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The Next Generation of Live, Work, Play

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Thinking “outside the box,” how can rural America outcompete big cities for top talent? Be cool and be unique.
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Excellent article on future trends determining where/how/why we will choose to live, work, and play.

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Excellent article on future trends determining where/how/why we will choose to live, work, and play.

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A Mish-Mash of 2016 Trends from Fortune Magazine

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Fortune's predictions about the events, people and ideas that will matter in 2016, in business, politics, technology and more.
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Spot on trends + interesting bonus items for anyone seriously interested in what the Future will bring.

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By 2055, America's Population will be Multicultural

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A new Pew Research Center study explores how much the face of immigration has changed--and changed the country--and how much more it will do so by 2065.
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The melting pot is evaporating. Like it or not, non-white citizens will form less than 50% of America's population, and over time, America will reflect a globalized culture, in much the same way as Canada has evolved. This is reality, and Americans had better get used to the idea and start learning from the richness brought by immigrants.

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SUPER-BOOM UNFOLDS: Lowest Jobless Claims Ever?

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Essentially, US jobless claims are at the lowest point ever. Why? because the population and labor force are higher than ever. As it is, they are at the lowest since way back in 1973, when the US population was about 50% smaller than today. This all goes to underpin what I call the unfolding economic SUPER-BOOM.

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California’s New Social Policies Setting Trends

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Most new social trends start in California. It has been so since the Baby Boom generation and then the rise of Silicon Valley. Back then one of the first social trends was the anti-smoking bi-laws, which spread rapidly across North America.

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Our Digital Future: Ten Trends

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Gartner’s Top 10 Predictions for 2016 and beyond herald what it means to be human in a digital world.
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Interesting approach from Gartner on what it means to be a human in a digital world. I consider these trends to be perfunctory and skimpy, with much not covered or discussed. But nevertheless should make you think.

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