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New trend report: Amazon everything

New trend report: Amazon everything | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

From our homes to our healthcare, Amazon is seeping into every aspect of consumer lives. What's next?

Amazon Everything, a new report by J. Walter Thompson’s Innovation Group charts Amazon’s impact on consumer behavior and expectations, looking at what the giant retailer is up to now and next. Download the complimentary report here.

Amazon is in the middle of an ambitious multiyear shift from a store selling one product at a time to a full-fledged ecosystem. Amazon wants to be so deeply embedded in a customer’s life that buying happens as naturally as breathing, and nearly as often.” says David Streitfeld, The New York Times.

It’s hard to overestimate the size and influence of Amazon. The company has gone way beyond its role as a global e-commerce giant and has evolved into an entertainment, data, logistics and lifestyle powerhouse, and its offering is more diverse and ambidextrous than ever. In less than 25 years, Amazon has gone from being an online bookseller to a behemoth worth over $350 billion—more than Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Sears and Macy’s put together.

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What If Amazon Ran Hospitals? - The Medical Futurist

What If Amazon Ran Hospitals? - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Facebook, Google, and Amazon are aiming for new horizons. The playfield must be too small for them solely on the technology markets. They certainly have the capacity to move into new fields. As The Economist writes, their huge stock market valuations suggest that investors are counting on them to double or even triple in size in the next decade.

So, where do they want to utilize their power? Recent moves show they have ambitions in healthcare. Google has made steps forward in the field with Calico. Human Longevity Inc. joined forces with Cleveland Clinic for a human genomics collaboration aimed at disease discovery and making aging a chronic condition. In September 2017, Microsoft announced the launch of its new healthcare division at its Cambridge research facility, to use its artificial intelligence software to enter the health market. Its research plans include monitoring systems that can help keep patients out of hospitals and large studies into conditions such as diabetes.

And what about Amazon?
According to CNBC’s news in January 2018, the Seattle-based giant hired one of Amazon’s most high-profile hires to date in health, Martin Levine. He has been working for Iora Health, which focuses on Medicare patients in six US markets. He could be joining Amazon’s internal healthcare group known as 1492, which is testing a variety of secretive projects. Many analysts suspect that Amazon is considering selling prescription drugs online as rumor said in autumn 2017 or that it might be opening drug stores in its Whole Foods chains. Some analysts even considered Amazon’s popular digital assistant, Alexa as the future’s possible digital doctor. Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase also announced a partnership to cut health-care costs and improve services for their US employees.

So, US consumers might one day find themselves logging in to Amazon Healthcare Prime, or asking Dr. Alexa what they should do about their cold. But what if we go even further than that? Let’s do a thought experiment. What if Amazon decided to open a clinic in the future?

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Precision Medicine Is Our Best Hope In The Fight Against Cancer - The Medical Futurist

Precision Medicine Is Our Best Hope In The Fight Against Cancer - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it
In the fight against cancer, precision medicine is one of the most promising tools and the logical outcome of current healthcare trends.
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11 New Jobs in the Future of Healthcare and Medicine – Part II. - The Medical Futurist

11 New Jobs in the Future of Healthcare and Medicine – Part II. - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

As I am certain that the huge waves of technological change transform the medical professional palette; based on the current and prospective trends in digital health technologies I envisioned what potential new professions could appear in our lives. Don’t miss the first part of the list!

If you have an idea about another new job of the future, please let me know and I will keep on improving the list.

1) No one knows what disease are you suffering from? Ask a healthcare navigator!
2) Healing will be joy and fun with gamification specialists
3) Augmented/virtual reality operation planners for the success of every surgical intervention
4) Reducing suffering and alleviating pain through professionally designed VR therapies
5) With the rise of nanosolutions, nanomedical engineers will be in huge demand
6) Do you have trouble with sending data from your home sensors to your smartphone? Ask an internet of healthy things connector!
7) Do you have trouble in getting from A to B in the healthcare jungle? Hire a patient assistant!
8) End-of-life therapists will prepare patients for death
9) Does your cyborg neighbor complain constantly about his life? Send him to a cyborg therapist!
10) Health data analysts wanted for making sense of big data!
11) People with paralysis will get help from brain-computer interface designers!

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3D Printing Aims to Deliver Organs on Demand

3D Printing Aims to Deliver Organs on Demand | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Dying patients could someday receive a 3D-printed organ made from their own cells rather than wait on long lists for the short supply of organ transplants. Such a futuristic dream remains far from reality, but university labs and private companies have already taken the first careful steps by using 3D-printing technology to build tiny chunks of organs.


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Kristy Schofield's curator insight, September 28, 2013 6:31 PM

so strange!

Joshua Zemanek's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:07 PM

After reading this article, I thought that creating organs instead of taking them from donors would be so much more efficient in the world today. The only problem is that we are very far from doing so. However, we already have people creating the first steps to creating functioning artificial organs. This would very efficient and helpful for people with major health problems. The furthest they've made it was by building tiny chunks of organs, but that's still revolutionary. My connection to the U.S. is that with the number of accidents in our country, this could help with a ton of medical problems people experience.

Saghit Rethmeier's comment, October 4, 2013 9:29 AM
This is amazing, Its crazy that out techonology is advanced enough to be able to do this. Im interested to see how far it will be taken and what possibilitites there are in the future.
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In just two hours, Amazon erased $30 billion in market value for healthcare’s biggest companies

In just two hours, Amazon erased $30 billion in market value for healthcare’s biggest companies | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

In just two hours, Amazon erased $30 billion in market value for healthcare’s biggest companies

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Preeti Varathan

Amazon has disrupted fashion, books, furniture, food, cloud-based storage services, and much else besides. Now, it’s coming for one of the biggest, most complex industries in the US: healthcare.

Today (Jan. 30), Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan announced a vague but market-moving plan to launch an independent company that will offer healthcare services to the companies’ employees at a lower cost. The venture, which will be managed by executives from the firms, will be run more like a non-profit, than a for-profit entity.

The market value of 10 large, listed health insurance and pharmacy stocks 1 dropped by a combined $30 billion in the first two hours of trading. At the time of writing, insurer MetLife was the hardest hit, down nearly 9% for the day.

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10 Predictions For A Global Healthcare Market Set To Cross The $1.85 Trillion Mark In 2018

10 Predictions For A Global Healthcare Market Set To Cross The $1.85 Trillion Mark In 2018 | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

Every year at Frost & Sullivan, the Transformational Health team brainstorms top predictions for the New Year to come. Despite ongoing political uncertainties and rising cost pressures, the global healthcare industry will register a stable growth rate during 2018, and it will cross the $1.85 trillion mark in terms of manufactures’ revenues. Digital health investments crossed $6.5 billion in 2017, up 109% from the previous year. Furthermore, we expect this growth curve to continue in the next year as technologies and platform solutions that promote innovation around care quality, outcomes, and chronic disease management will continue to rise. High growth opportunities in emerging markets will change the paradigms of product development and geographic rollouts.

The following are our ten top predictions for global healthcare for 2018:

Prediction #1: Service-as-product solutions to become the powerful tool to achieve competitive advantage in healthcare.

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Elon Musk Will Need a Masterplan in Digital Health Too - The Medical Futurist

Elon Musk Will Need a Masterplan in Digital Health Too - The Medical Futurist | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

What we need, is a plan. Though Mr. Musk might jump into healthcare to make this revolution happen, we already know how we could bring science fiction to reality. Here are the four grand challenges that we need to tackle:
1) We need to embrace disruptive technologies
Technological advance is not the solution for healthcare problems, I acknowledge that, but I firmly believe that only disruption can change healthcare from the bottom. We need to massively discuss worldwide how amazing and dangerous disruptive technologies can be. This way we can prepare in time.

2) We must put patients in the center of care
This is an ongoing movement worldwide, but we are far from finishing the job. We have to invite patients and their organizations to every project from hospital advisory boards to conferences in order to let their voices heard. They are the most important elements in healthcare and today we design care without their participation. This must stop.

3) We need to shift from treatment to prevention
We will spend a similar amount of knowledge, money and energy on preventive care, but this will allow us to catch diseases and even prevent them from arising in time. This is only possible with measuring data at home, at the practice and in hospitals. The swarm of wearable sensors and portable diagnosti devices should be incorporated into everyday care.

4) We need to digitize the process of care
We can only improve a system if we measure data in it. Today’s healthcare fails at this. Let’s measure and analyze the vast amounts of data from medical records, patients’ sensors and insurance claims with Watson-like algorithms.

I think Elon Musk’s vision for a cleaner, safer and more efficient world is an example to follow. Imagine how our lives would change if that most important of all industries, healthcare would be similarly transformed. I invite you all to join me in making this change happen. 

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The Astonishing Healthcare Tech of the Future Is Arriving

The Astonishing Healthcare Tech of the Future Is Arriving | Futurewaves | Scoop.it

This week in San Diego, Singularity University hosted its annual Exponential Medicine conference. The conference aims to connect the dots between healthcare disciplines and cutting-edge tech by convening medical practitioners, technologists, entrepreneurs, and over 80 expert speakers from the field.
There’s still considerable work to be done to create more effective healthcare systems in the US and worldwide. That said, at the conference we learned about incredible progress we can both celebrate and focus on moving forward.

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