Do it yourself healthcare; south by southwest offers a glimpse into our healthcare future
The Apple I watch has health apps in it and is likely the device with the most buzz lately, however, at South by Southwest, one of the countries largest expositions of music, movies and electronics, we may be more in control of our healthcare than we are now, which can and will ultimately control healthcare costs.
“ At South by Southwest Interactive this year. There were sessions on healthcare IT, big data, wearables, and innovative startups that are using technology to upend the status quo” says Extremetech, and internet magazine. We know that doctors are now purchasing apps that for a low cost can use their phone to do your EKG, blood pressure, pulse and other vitals. Your iPhone has a suite that helps it work as a pedometer.
In the future, you are likely to have much more control of your health than you ever had. Check out this recent article on this new trend featured in Extremetech here
Do-it-yourself healthcare is closer than you think
By Ben Algaze on March 20, 2015
AUSTIN-Healthcare-related innovation was everywhere at South by Southwest Interactive this year. There were sessions on healthcare IT, big data, wearables, and innovative startups that are using technology to upend the status quo. For example, Tim O’Reilly gave a talk about adapting the same experience-focused approach used by companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber to reimagine health care delivery.
And if there is any industry ripe for disruption, it is healthcare. According to federal government statistics, healthcare expenditures in the U.S now exceed $3 trillion and represent 17% of the nation’s GDP. Yet despite consisting of such a huge slice of the economy, and incorporating large amounts of new technology for diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the past 30 years, the industry has failed at delivering cost-effective care. Compare that with the computing industry, where the million-dollar supercomputer of 20 years ago now fits in your pocket and costs $600 unsubsidized. Thanks to smartphones, cloud computing, sensors, and other technology, today’s health tech entrepreneurs see plenty of opportunities.