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Best of 2010: 5 Key Trends That Will Reshape Healthcare

A report by Computer Sciences Corporation’s (CSC) Leading Edge Forum identifies a new wave of disruptive technologies that will reshape the delivery of healthcare. These new technologies will help control costs while improving health by ushering in an era of wellness, self-monitoring, increased and earlier detection of disease, and more effective treatments.

The report identifies a wide range of technologies in development, from intelligent pills that deliver targeted doses of medication to specific locations in the body, to brain implants that prevent seizures, to contact lenses with microchips to detect glaucoma, to bioprinting that creates new skin. The report identifies five key trends that will change healthcare, all enabled by these emerging technologies:

  1. E-Power to the Patient: Patients will be in charge of their care management on a daily basis, marked by “shared care” between patient and provider. They will be empowered through the availability of health information, new intelligent health and care applications, and a support system that encourages and monitors progress.
    • Supporting technologies include: Smartphone and Internet-accessible applications such as iTriage healthcare information, social networking Web site and a Band-Aid-like heart rate sensor sending data wirelessly to a smartphone. For homebound patients, intelligent bathrooms and sensor-rich “living laboratories” are in pilot stages.
  2. Earlier Detection: Accelerating early diagnoses is crucial to treating and preventing illnesses. Detection options will range from simple, inexpensive technology tests to complex genetic testing.
    • Supporting technologies include: Breath tests using nanotechnology to detect diabetes and cancer, off-the-shelf cameras and fiber optics for cancer identification, tests made of paper, lab-on-a-chip tests and sensor-based at-home solutions for diagnosing sleep apnea.
  3. High-Tech Healing: Next-generation implants and ingestibles will monitor disease progress, dispense medications and assist and replace malfunctioning organs and limbs.
    • Supporting technologies include: Glucose monitoring tattoos, smart pills that send notifications when swallowed, an artificial pancreas for diabetics and artificial retinas for blind patients.
  4. More, but Different Resources: Care provider roles will change and resources will be more widely available through remote technologies and online communities, for both care and consultation as well as teaching and training.
    • Supporting technologies include: Sensor-laden teddy bear robots for monitoring children in hospitals, robotic care assistants for the elderly, smartphone-enabled patient coaching and monitoring, “serious” video games for honing medical decision-making, mobile medical training, and ongoing education applications using the Internet, smartphones and tablets.
  5. Global Healthcare Ecosystem Emerges: A rich ecosystem, armed with data and knowledge, will support more connected care and research collaboration to advance disease identification and treatment.
    • Supporting technologies and collaborative networks include: M2Gen for personalized cancer treatment, Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation conducting clinical testing on three continents, the Global Public Health Grid to improve public health information, and health information exchanges.


Source: Computer Sciences Corporation, December 6, 2010

2011 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook: Metrics, Measurements and Innovations

This resource — HIN's second annual compilation of performance benchmarks in key areas of healthcare activity and growth — delivers all-new actionable data compiled in 2010 on nine trend-bending Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) initiatives. It delivers more than 23,000 data points from 1,000 responding healthcare organizations in an easy-to-use binder format. This resource contains more than 400 graphs and tables documenting adoption, activity and ROI in nine key healthcare areas, frequently drilling down to the perspectives of hospitals, health plans and employers.

2011 Healthcare Benchmarks Yearbook: Metrics, Measurements and Innovations is available from the Healthcare Intelligence Network for $447 by visiting our Online Bookstore or by calling toll-free (888) 446-3530.

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