Monday, 4 April 2011

iHawk

“Nothing endures but change,” said a Greek philosopher, and healthcare is changing rapidly in so many ways as we better utilize technology. 
The next major frontier may well be the manner in which patients share information with their physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. 
Picture yourself as a patient sharing the details of a recent illness with a computer, which listens patiently and responds in perfect English (or whatever language you are most comfortable with) by asking pertinent questions. As you give your history, the computer weighs the odds of possible diagnoses along with appropriate therapies. 
This scenario used to sound like science fiction, but is now being developed by IBM’s Watson computer.


[...] when huge population studies can be done quickly, and vast data troves can be aggregated and shared, the entire global community will better understand illness and disease. The whole idea of evidence-based medicine will mature much faster as everyone shares medical experiences. 
[...] Having your medical information in one place will empower you to watch your weight over decades, monitor your cholesterol as you modify your eating habits, predict when you will have problems and make changes in the 70 percent of your habits which cause illness and which you can control. Today you can go to a site called Real Age, take a short quiz about your past health, and see how your chronologic age compares to your physiological age.

2 comments:

  1. Related link on living with your avatar
    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2011/04/how-will-you-cope-living-with-your-avatar.html

    mda

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  2. How queer. Was just duplicating your resume for our film pitch. Perhaps your lobes were burning. Love the link, will post. Warmest regards, Kenny.

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