Investing in Digital Health

- July 25, 2017

Several of the world’s largest and most successful companies are investing in digital health, including Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Amazon is heavily investing in health, across a number of different areas, and Google is likewise “ramping up its health cloud business.” Apple and Nokia recently announced a partnership on digital health, designed to advance medical support.

Amazon has also recently landed a health-tech hire from the company Box, a cloud content management and file sharing service for businesses. Missy Krasner, who previously helped build the cloud storage company’s health product, will transition to Amazon. Krasner was also a founding member of Google Health, the company’s online medical records and wellness platform.

One of the primary difficulties in the sphere of healthcare is its aging and fragmented infrastructure, which is exacerbated by high costs and personnel constraints. Cloud computing provides file sharing, collaboration techniques, and other tools for working with files that are uploaded to its servers. In terms of healthcare, these platforms combine the most advanced cloud technology and information security in order to increase business agility and reduce costs. Other innovations like telemedicine, predictive diagnostics, wearable sensors, and an abundance of new apps will transform the way we manage health.

In order to assist and educate healthcare practitioners and professionals surrounding the rapidly evolving field of digital technology, MedTech Impact Expo & Conference connects the latest technologies to patient care and outcomes. This two-day event brings together clinicians, executives, developers and manufacturers, and entrepreneurs, in order to focus on the growing and potential impact of medical technology, while assessing current and future developments. Attendees will be introduced to technologies, products, and services that can improve overall patient care, while promoting overall wellness.

Keynote speaker Robin Farmanfarmaian, an entrepreneur, professional speaker, author, and current VP at Invicta Medical, will discuss “The Patient as CEO: How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer.” Other speakers will focus on how to build systems and infrastructures with emerging technologies, and the ways in which technology can be effectively leveraged.

A breakout session led by Michael Nova, MD—Chief Innovation Officer at Pathway Genomics—will emphasize how to use analytical insight and machine learning, in terms of healthcare data analysis. Dr. Nova will explore how these applications are currently being used in the field of healthcare, and introduce newly emerging and innovative technological approaches.

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