How The Internet Of Things Could Power Preventive Treatment Of Chronic Diseases

How The Internet Of Things Could Power Preventive Treatment Of Chronic Diseases

by Sophie-Charlotte Moatti, Mobile veteran, monetization expert, Facebook entrepreneur, Stanford MBA, @scmoatti
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This blog post is part of a series on the future of health and technology produced by the editors of HuffPost ImpactX in conjunction with the world premiere of the trailer for documentary 'Detected,' produced by Ironbound Films, in partnership with Cisco. The trailer will debut on March 16 at the SXSW Music and Film Festival in Austin, TX. For more information about 'Detected,' click here. To see all the other posts in the series, click here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:00pm

Few industries could be more impacted by the Internet of Things (IoT) than health care. Our health care system is impaired by rising costs and resistance to innovation. A possible solution? Use the IoT to power early detection and monitoring of chronic diseases.

#1. Preventive health care covers too few situations. Chronic diseases shouldn't be handled reactively.

One of the greatest advances of the twentieth century is health care. Our healthcare system was initially designed to:

  • Preventively handle the most common situations of its time, as depicted in figure 1. Back then, what was needed was mostly to survive mumps and measles during childhood, and during adulthood, to give birth. A lot of research went into developing vaccines against these childhood illnesses and most have now been eradicated. As for childbirth, a well-oiled monitoring process was developed to minimize pregnancy risks.
  • Treat everything else reactively, by essentially providing comfort care. It wouldn't make sense to invest massive research effort in treating illnesses that are unpredictable by nature, like an accident, or less frequent. Based on some cost-benefit analysis done at that time, a linear workflow was developed, as depicted in figure 2.

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