Healthcare 2.0 Solutions for Tomorrow

November 19 2008 / by Garry Golden
Category: Health & Medicine   Year: 2015   Rating: 12 Hot

Improving the delivery of healthcare is arguably the greatest challenge facing the United States and the global community particularly with regards to aging populations. Next generation healthcare services also represent one of the largest growth sectors for applied information and communication technologies that improve access and quality while reducing costs for patients and healthcare institution.

Is Healthcare 2.0 preparing for prime time?
This notion of applying advanced technology systems is not new, but widespread applications might be much closer to mainstream adoption than is currently reported.

This notion of next generation healthcare services has been explored by a number of forward looking physicians such as Dr. S. Vincent Grasso who organized a recent symposium at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey titled: ‘Enhancing the Delivery of Healthcare Services to an Aging U.S. Population.

Among the many topics explored by experts were: forecasts of diseases common to aging populations, and solution platforms based on low cost video conferencing to connect Doctors, patients and families, commercialization of easy to use imaging and sensing systems for remotely based diagnosis equipment, standards for patient records, and healthcare facilities management.

Next generation Home Healthcare

The idea of next generation home-based health services has been explored conceptually by forward thinking physicians, policy makers and technologists for years as evidence by this American Medical Review program produced in 2001.

The important questions to ask are:

Is the Hype stage over?

Are we close to realizing this vision?

Many physicians and business leaders believe that the answer is Yes. Steady advances in information technologies has led to significant commitments to healthcare services from mainstream brands such as Microsoft, Google, IBM and Intel. There is also a growing belief that healthcare workers and patients themselves are much more likely to adopt more advanced information systems now that we are fifteen years into the age of the Web and PC.

The next ten years might surprise us- and Healthcare 2.0 could finally be coming to a home new you!

Comment Thread (1 Response)

  1. It was quite an informative read. I always wondered about the US health care system and comparing it to the others around the world. I hoped that one day there would be socialized medicine, but I doubt it could ever come into fruition. The idea of home-based health services seems exciting and helpful to those who aren’t able to see a doctor on a regular basis. Hopefully, these types of changes/ideas won’t fall through the cracks.

    Posted by: christinep   November 21, 2008
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