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Archive for tag: health

22.08.2013

CSCLeaders 2014 Challenge: Health

How do we get societal - as well as economic - value from technological innovation?

This month we are looking at health and have included some interesting articles and links.

 

Technological Innovation in Health

DNA of 100,000 people to be mapped for NHS

The Guardian, December 2012

Government hopes public health programme will revolutionise treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases.

David Cameron says that by 'unlocking the power of DNA data', the NHS will lead the global race for better healthcare.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/dec/10/1000000-peoples-dna-mapped

What happened when I had my genome sequenced

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/jun/08/genome-sequenced

 

Memory Implants

MIT Technology Review, April 2013

Theodore Berger, a biomedical engineer and neuroscientist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, envisions a day in the not too distant future when a patient with severe memory loss can get help from an electronic implant. In people whose brains have suffered damage from Alzheimer's, stroke, or injury, disrupted neuronal networks often prevent long-term memories from forming. For more than two decades, Berger has designed silicon chips to mimic the signal processing that those neurons do when they're functioning properly-the work that allows us to recall experiences and knowledge for more than a minute. Ultimately, Berger wants to restore the ability to create long-term memories by implanting chips like these in the brain.

http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/513681/memory-implants/

 

World Health Organization

Successful health care delivery requires effective medical devices as tools for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Despite the exponential growth of scientific and technological development, low- and middle-income countries are still largely excluded from access to appropriate and affordable health technologies.

http://www.who.int/medical_devices/initiatives/en/

 

Technologies for Global Health

The Lancet, August 2012

Availability of health technology is inversely related to health need. Although health-care systems in high-income countries make extensive use of technology, people in the world's poorest countries often lack the most fundamental drugs and devices. A concerted global effort to encourage the development and use of health technologies that can benefit the poorest people in the world is needed.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(12)61127-1/fulltext

 

The big-data revolution in US health care: Accelerating value and innovation

McKinsey&Company, April 2013

Big data could transform the health-care sector, but the industry must undergo fundamental changes before stakeholders can capture its full value.

http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/health_systems_and_services/the_big-data_revolution_in_us_health_care

 

Global Agenda Council on Digital Health 2013

World Economic Forum

The health sector has belatedly implemented the benefits of information and communications technology (ICT) and taken advantage of ICT's transformative power and potential to improve access to care, productivity and quality

http://www.weforum.org/content/global-agenda-council-digital-health-2013

 

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