Wearing a Computer Is Good for You
Mobile health devices and software could change medicine profoundly, allowing people to continuously monitor vital signs and better track and modify behavior. That's important because chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes are on the rise. “We're seeing an infusion of mobile technologies into people's lives,” says Susannah Fox, who studies technology and health care for the Pew Internet & American Life Project. “And we're seeing a very rainy forecast in terms of people's health.”
From my interview with Matt Alexander in April:
In the future, for example, people won’t “find out” they have cancer. In the same way you can monitor a server’s downtime and crashes, people will be able to monitor their bodies’ condition through nanotechnologies connected with mobile apps and a personal cloud. Local institutions will have instant access to our “status” and they will be able to provide assistance and guidance as needed without bureaxucracy. We will be able to tell diseases by initial alerts, not symptoms. Fifty years from now, the whole concept of “finding out” you’re sick won’t make any sense. Consumer software will turn the entire healthcare industry upside down.
Think push notifications from our body, delivered to our doctors in the background. The healthcare industry is up for disruption.