The future of medicine and the incredible innovations we can expect by 2064

The Fred Alger Management team reached out to me recently asking what innovative changes I thought the medical and healthcare industry will be going through over the next 50 years. It was for their innovative “Think Further” series: [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOgt85cPU8Q&list=UUcpr1hudOhiPOsj-7rwe8Ew&w=520] As Yogi Berra famously quipped “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future” but Alger’s “Future of Medicine” question is an interesting approach to generating ideas so I thought I’d give it a shot. ...

Moving from paper-native to digital-native requires disciplined Healthcare Information Lifecycle Management (ILM)

We’re all familiar with the idea that medicine is, slowly but surely, going from a paper-native to a digital-native industry. Most of our processes and procedures were designed in an environment where information started on paper and then was either scanned as a PDF document or entered into a structured electronic record in some software. Our current processes assume that if our software systems ever failed, we have paper records and could continue standard medical care without the electronic versions for a period of time. ...

The connected EHR, cooperative med devices, and accountable tech are the future of health IT

Earlier this week I spoke at Atlanta Healthcare IT Leadership Summit on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and what I call “accountable tech“. I was pleasantly surprised to learn most of the audience agreed that ACOs can’t succeed without the right technology but am continuously disappointed as to how little we as an industry are doing about it. Accountable tech is health IT that truly enables the slow but emerging move from fee for service (FFS) based payments to value-driven and outcomes based payments. ...

Why is there a lack of sophisticated UX, usability, and UI discipline in the current design of safety-critical apps and devices?

A friend of mine, a User Interaction (UI)/User Experience (UX) designer and a usability expert that is doing some work at a technology-based medical device client, wrote to me wondering why many medical device companies don’t have much of a UX/UI and usability focused discipline in their marketing and product design teams. The simple reason is that many device manufacturers are still following top-down monolithic processes like waterfall instead of more agile processes that allow feedback-driven requirements definition. ...

Join me next week for a free webinar where I answer “How do we get beyond Meaningful Use rhetoric and ‘disruption in healthcare’ bloviation and into actionable innovation?”

I speak at many of conferences and webinars each year and I have been hearing that attendees and audiences are starting to get tired of hearing about big data, Meaningful Use, and ‘disruption in healthcare’ topics without more actionable advice. Many entrepreneurs and speakers at the events are still focusing on why technology and IT solutions are helpful in healthcare but customers are more sophisticated these days and they want to know more about how to apply that knowledge into their daily routines. ...