Posts tagged ‘HCSM’

July 22, 2014

Can Mobile Technologies and Big Data Improve Health?

After decades as a technological laggard, medicine has entered its data age. Mobile technologies, sensors, genome sequencing, and advances in analytic software now make it possible to capture vast amounts of information about our individual makeup and the environment around us. The sum of this information could transform medicine, turning a field aimed at treating the average patient into one that’s customized to each person while shifting more control and responsibility from doctors to patients.


The question is: can big data make health care better?


“There is a lot of data being gathered. That’s not enough,” says Ed Martin, interim director of the Information Services Unit at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. “It’s really about coming up with applications that make data actionable.”


The business opportunity in making sense of that data—potentially $300 billion to $450 billion a year, according to consultants McKinsey & Company—is driving well-established companies like Apple, Qualcomm, and IBM to invest in technologies from data-capturing smartphone apps to billion-dollar analytical systems. It’s feeding the rising enthusiasm for startups as well.


Venture capital firms like Greylock Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as well as the corporate venture funds of Google, Samsung, Merck, and others, have invested more than $3 billion in health-care information technology since the beginning of 2013—a rapid acceleration from previous years, according to data from Mercom Capital Group.   more at ;


December 5, 2013

#HCSM Review 33: Social Media and Rapid Learning in Healthcare

For nearly a decade there have been some great efforts made to support the idea of a ‘rapid-learning healthcare system.’ This is a term and an idea that predates social media, but it is an idea that is perfectly positioned to leverage social media in critical and wonderful ways.

If you are interested in learning more about the ‘rapid-learning healthcare system’ please look here, here, or here.

A rapid-learning healthcare system, as it is described most frequently, is comprised of ever-growing and increasingly real-time data sets that may be mined for trends, for anomalies, and for best practice in healthcare in hopes of ensuring that every patient encounter is able to inform every other patient encounter – and that lessons learned once, are learned and applied in as broadly appropriate ways as possible.

Now, with this in mind, considered what social media may add to this model…

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From Pharmaceutical Industry digital vision