Can Health Tech Be the Most Helpful Technology of All?

We think so. We're working hard to create new ways for you to understand your health.
Oct 25, 2023 11:50 AM ET
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Right now, someone, somewhere, just created something no one else has thought of before.

Human civilization is advancing in ways our ancestors could never have dreamed.

It’s a great time to be alive.

But it doesn’t always feel that way, does it?

Just look at how we treat our health. Is our high-tech society truly helping us understand it? At an individual level? The promise of technology still feels unfulfilled when it comes to the thing that matters most: your health.

Right now, a car can tell you exactly what’s wrong with it, and maybe even drive itself to the mechanic. But can you say the same when you wake up feeling sick, or even just “off”? Sometimes it seems like the world has prioritized machines over humans. There’s something fundamentally unfair about that.

So let’s change it.

Abbott is working hard to bring health and technology together. If we can give people a clearer picture and their doctors more information, we can make health technology the most helpful technology of all.

Let’s Put the Power of Health in Your Hands

As a first step, let’s put more people in control of managing their health.

Let’s give them what Mila Clarke has: data about her glucose level available minute by minute to help manage her diabetes.

Clarke went on an odyssey to find more information about her type 2 diabetes. Our FreeStyle Libre continuous glucose monitors helped deliver it. From there, hard data started revealing the health answers she’d been seeking.

“I like being able to personalize based on my knowledge of my body, and I love meeting my own goals,” Clarke said.

Connected devices, biowearables, next-generation diagnostics — these technologies exist. As Clarke’s example shows, they’re helping people, and we’re working every day to make them better for all.

Let’s Advance Better Health for More People

Wouldn’t it be nice — as you’re on the go, go, go — if care could always be close at hand?

Right now, for people living with Parkinson’s Disease, that’s no pipe dream. Our Neurosphere™ Virtual Clinic can connect them with their medical team to deliver therapy, instantly and securely, over Wi-Fi.

Just ask Craig Overman.1 At one point, he was consistently driving 90 minutes each way to see a neurologist — and it was taking him five-and-a-half hours, each way, to get to his hospital consultations.

Our Abbott Infinity™ DBS system helped change that math. Since receiving our deep brain stimulation device, he has been able to video chat with his doctor to receive remote therapy. As long as he can connect to the internet, he can find support.

Stories like that should give us all hope that, one day soon, we’ll be able to say, in earnest:

“It’s a great time to be alive.”

Explore how we're bringing health and technology together to put us all in greater control.

1 This story reflects one person's experience; not everyone will experience the same results. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of your treatment options.