Beyond Jeopardy!, What is Watson Up To Now?

By Dr. Martin Kohn, Chief Medical Scientist for IBM Research Two years ago, IBM’s Watson computer shocked the world when it beat two past grand champions on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! Watson isn’t playing around anymore. Watson and the technological leaps forward that made it so revolutionary — the ability to understand human speech, make sense of huge amounts Read More …

IBM Watson Health: Transforming Healthcare

Watson Health: Empowering Patients and Transforming Healthcare By Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP There was an interesting decision to make within IBM about what to call a new business organization that we’re announcing today [4/13/2015]. Should it be named Watson Health or Watson Healthcare? [emphasis added] “Health” is an aspiration, for individuals and society. “Healthcare” describes an industry primarily focused on treating diseases. While Read More …

Telemedicine and mHealth Converge

  Telemedicine and M-Health Convergence Market is a new market research report. EDITOR: I’ll mark highlights and add [occasional notes]. – London (PRWEB) November 20, 2013 — Clinical telemedicine services converge with m-health systems of engagement to lower cost of care and improve quality of care. Tele-medicine and M-Health Market Convergence driving forces relate to an overall trend toward ordinary people taking Read More …

What makes you sick? Ask Dr. Watson

Watson is IBM’s natural language artificial intelligence supercomputer that last year competed on the quiz show Jeopardy and consistently outperformed two record holding humans, one with the longest winning streak (74 wins), and one winning the most money. Watson can process 200 million times more instructions per second than all of the computers on the recently retired Space Shuttle. In Read More …

Moore’s Law and The FUTURE of Healthcare

By Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk This article examines a future driven by Moore’s Law and the trend of circuits and components getting smaller, faster and cheaper exponentially over time and the eventual blending of science and technology (INFO + BIO + NANO + NEURO). I approach this topic from the unique perspective of an IBM technologist, market Read More …

High Tech Advancing Future of Personalized Cancer Care

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, IBM to Collaborate in Applying Watson Technology to Help Oncologists IBM Watson combined with MSKCC’s clinical knowledge will help physicians access and integrate latest science and knowledge New York City – 22 Mar 2012: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and IBM have agreed to collaborate on the development of a powerful tool built upon IBM Watson in order Read More …

How Tech Makes Life Better for Boomers, Seniors

Technology ‘Saved My Life’: Making Life Better for Boomers, Seniors From improving fitness and aging in place to ending isolation and engaging more easily with family and friends, technology solutions help baby boomers and seniors successfully address many of the issues associated with aging. REDMOND, Wash. – July 9, 2012 – Milton Greidinger of New York and Concha Watson of Read More …

Ageing and Brain Science

This article explores advances in neural engineering research and is based on my interview with Dr. Metin Akay, Founding Chairman of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. His discipline unites the fields of engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics with cellular, molecular, cognitive and behavioral neurosciences. Read More …

Does AI provide a Competitive Advantage?

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence As smartphones get smarter and speech recognition apps like SIRI and Google Now learn more about you personally and start acting on your behalf, offering information or suggestions before you even think to ask, what will that learned knowledge be worth? What if the knowledge is about you personally — your health needs and medications, Read More …

Evaluating Market Research

Here’s my advice for evaluating market research, as founding editor of Modern Health Talk and someone who has both purchased and written major market research reports. Market Research can be biased and short-lived, so before you buy any expensive research reports, make sure you get a chance to interview the authors personally so you understand their assumptions, research process, and what shaped Read More …

101 MiniTrends in Health Care

“What the Hell is happening to health care?” “And is it an Opportunity or a Threat?” Insights by Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk. An awful lot has changed in just the last few years and even more will change in the near future, with the aim of reducing (or at least containing) our health care costs. What’s behind Read More …

The End of Moore’s Law? Don’t Bet on it.

In Moore’s Law and The Future of Health Care, I offer a vision of healthcare based on exponential advancements in tech innovation as described by Gordon Moore. Moore is an Intel cofounder and is credited with observing that computer circuits have shrunk in size and doubling in compute capacity every two years. Moore’s Law is what drives down costs & size, but that logarithmic trend is not Read More …

The Digital Diagnosis

As shown in the infographic below, digital devices with access to the Internet are redefining healthcare and driving a revolution in its delivery systems. FIRST is the wealth of medical information available online and the tools to find and make sense of it. This helps medical professionals and patients alike, and consumers can now take more responsibility for their own Read More …

Do We Need Doctors Or Algorithms?

By Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures (original on TechCrunch.com) I was asked about a year ago at a talk about energy what I was doing about the other large social problems, namely health care and education. Surprised, I flippantly responded that the best solution was to get rid of doctors and teachers and let your computers do the work, Read More …

Healthcare Reform to Boost Telehealth 55% in 2013

Healthcare Reform to Boost Growth in Telehealth Market by 55 Percent in 2013 Austin, TX 19 Dec 2012 – From 2010 to 2011 usage of remote patient monitoring, or telehealth, increased by 22.2 percent as the number of patients enrolled worldwide reached 241,200. However, telehealth device revenues only grew by 5.0 percent from 2010 to 2011; and 18.0 percent from Read More …

Wearable Technology Market to Exceed $6 Billion by 2016

Wearable Technology Market to Exceed $6 Billion by 2016 Northampton, 08 August 2012 – Increasing demand for actionable, real-time data in a range of applications is driving strong demand for wearable technology. 14 million wearable devices were shipped in 2011; by 2016, wearable technology will represent a minimum revenue opportunity of $6 billion, according to World Market for Wearable Technology Read More …

Who Should We Believe about Longevity & Other Claims?

Who should we believe about how long we can REALLY live? Controversy and catchy headlines help sell magazines and advertising, and that makes writing about outrageous claims profitable. The more outlandish, the better. The news media loves it, and so do the readers, whether it’s political controversy or in how long we can live. The LA Times, in When, and Read More …

mHealth: What does it mean and what’s included

What is mHealth, and does the term stand for Mobile Health or Modern Health? That’s the subject of a an online discussion started by David Doherty, moderator of a LinkedIn group interested in using mobile technologies to improve health. He started the discussion to support my view that any definition of mHealth that only includes smartphones is both limiting and arrogant. This Read More …

Digital Health at CES 2016

EDITOR:  The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest trade shows and conferences in the world, with well over 150,000 attendees, including more than 30,000 international attendees from 140 countries. Each January they come to Las Vegas, NV to see the latest tech products from over 3,000 exhibitors or showcase their own. Nowhere else on earth can you see and experience so much in Read More …