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A report issued by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, Modern Healthcare (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 5/14) discusses health data connectivity. In the report, technology specialists foresee extensive use of wearable and embedded devices that share and transmit health data by 2025.
Pew delineates the devices as:
“a global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases and massive data centers in a world-spanning information fabric” (McEnaney, Tech Times, 5/14).
Network components currently used include both home and health monitoring systems. Eighty-three percent of those surveyed agreed that these transmission devices will have “widespread and beneficial effects” by 2025 (Thibodeau, Computerworld, 5/15).
Patrick Tucker, author on Internet-enabled devices, responded:
“one positive effect of ‘ubiquitous computing,’ as it used to be called, will be much faster, more convenient and lower-cost medical diagnostics. This will be essential if we are to meet the health care needs of a rapidly buy ventolin australia aging Baby Boomer generation.”
Mr. Tucker also pointed out that as of 2008, the number of Internet-enabled devices surpassed those of the human population, adding that IT firm Cisco predicts by 2020 there will be 50 billion such devices, including:
- Sensors; and
- Other devices not yet invented.
Salesforce.com Chief Scientist J.P. Rangaswami, was cited in the report as saying,
“Everything will become a node on a network in the future. The burden of care will reduce as a result of far better monitoring of, and response to, your physical and emotional state, in terms of health care.” (Modern Healthcare, 5/14).
Karl Fogel, a partner at Open Tech Strategies, disputes these report findings. He feels that the survey holds an innate bias because participants opted-in. In discussing the future of wearable devices, Fogel said,
“We don’t need this, and most people aren’t asking for it” (Computerworld, 5/15).
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