17 Must-Read Articles & Stories

28 December 2018
Digital Health

Virtual Health Care Could Save the U.S. Billions Each Year

The conventional wisdom that the best care is delivered in-person by experienced caregivers may soon be overturned. Rising health care costs, a shortage of physicians, and an aging population are making the traditional model of care increasingly unsustainable. But new uses of virtual health and digital technologies may help the industry manage these challenges. A number of new technologies are helping to move elements of patient care from medical workers to machines and to patients themselves, allowing health care organizations to reduce costs by reducing labor intensity. Read the full article  at Harvard Business Review

Apple and Amazon’s moves in health signal a coming transformation

The world’s biggest tech firms see an opportunity in health care, which could mean empowered patients, better diagnosis of disease and lower costs. Read the full article at The Economist

Aging Japan: Robots may have role in future of elder care

Paro the furry seal cries softly while an elderly woman pets it. Pepper, a humanoid, waves while leading a group of senior citizens in exercises. The upright Tree guides a disabled man taking shaky steps, saying in a gentle feminine voice, “right, left, well done!” Read the full article at Reuters

The doctor will see you now — on your smartphone

Could telemedicine change the way we manage our health? Read the full article Financial Times

The Challenge of Doctor-Patient Relations in the Internet Age

But there’s danger in trusting data over people, as there is in thinking the expertise of all people is equivalent. When it comes to health, digital natives may not be learning how to navigate effectively. And the consequences could be harmful. Read the full article at The New York Times

What Will Health Care Look Like Once Smart Speakers Are Everywhere?

Voice-powered technologies such as Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana, are changing the way people shop, drive cars, and manage their homes. Studies have suggested that, by 2020, 50% of all searches will be conducted by voice and smart speakers are expected to reach 55% of U.S. households by 2022. It is no different for physicians. Read the full article at Harvard Business Review

Project Baseline: Alphabet's five-year plan to map the entire journey of human health

An ambitious collaboration between US universities and Google-offshoot Alphabet's life sciences arm is aiming to map the factors that contribute to good health, and illness. Read the full article at ZDNet

IBM’s New AI Can Predict Psychosis in Your Speech

The AI takes subjectivity out of the equation. Read the full article at Futurism

End Of Watch

What happens when you try to change behavior without behavioral science? Read the full article at The Verge

Why Doctors Hate Their Computers

Digitization promises to make medical care easier and more efficient. But are screens coming between doctors and patients? Read the full article at The New Yorker

7 amazing ways artificial intelligence is used in healthcare

One of the biggest impacts of new technology - and perhaps the most life-changing - will be felt in healthcare. Read the full article at World Economic Forum

The future is ear: Why “hearables” are finally tech’s next big thing

The explosive growth of their AI voice assistants has Google, Apple, and Amazon racing to put your entire smartphone in an earpiece. Read the full article at Fast Company

5 Technologies Bringing Healthcare Systems into the Future

From Asia to Europe and Africa to America, societies are trying to figure out how best to manage an aging population. Read the full article at SingularityHub

AI trust and AI fears: A media debate that could divide society

We are at a tipping point of a new digital divide. While some embrace AI, many people will always prefer human experts even when they’re wrong. Read the full article at Mindthis Magazine

'Carebots' could take over from NHS medics to save £13bn a year

The controversial  study led by surgeon and former health minister Lord Darzi calls for the “full automation” of health and social services, claiming it would give staff “time to care” for patients. Read the full article at The Telegraph

Virtual reality is being used by hospitals to help people cope with pain

Researchers began to explore virtual reality as a therapy for pain in the late 1990s, but the expensive and bulky equipment prevented it from gaining popularity. Today’s VR systems are more affordable, lightweight, smaller and comfortable. Many use a smartphone for the display and hardware, which can cut costs. Read the full article at The Washington Post

By 2020, 1-in-5 healthcare orgs will adopt blockchain; here’s why

Blockchain lets the healthcare industry exchange data in a standard format, automate complex processes and apply AI against large silos of medical data. It might even allow patients to sell their data for rewards. Read the full article at Computerworld