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The March 6, 2006 Issue Provided by System Dynamics Inc.
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A Healthcare Update

Healthcare is an application for new broadband and wireless technologies that most people can relate to personally. Our last article on the subject "Hurricanes and Healthcare" was back in the fall, so we cover here several new items that have come to our attention.

  • A note from Dr. Joe Kvedar, Director of Partners Telemedicine, says Partners has "launched a new website dedicated to Connected Health. The website’s Discussion Forum is a place where thought leaders can converge to dialogue and move the concepts of connected health from vision to reality."
  • The Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) was formed in three years ago to lead "the national charge to develop and deploy emerging technologies that can improve the aging experience in America." The CAST Web site has continued to collect and share information about technology related pilot projects, products or research in aging services. They now have available on the Web site a video titled "Imagine - the Future of Aging" that dramatizes what the future of aging could look like with help from developing technologies. Eric Dishman, whose title is currently General Manager, Intel Health Research & Innovation, continues to be CAST Chairman.
  • We exchanged email and talked with Vince Kuraitis, a Principal at Better Health Technologies. He brought to our attention a new Web site and journal on the subject of the medially integrated home ("MiHome"). The MiHome Journal's subtitle is "Product Development and Distribution Strategies for the Medically Integrated Home". Vince provided this perspective on how society has thus far chosen to apply technology: "We have all this information about what's going on in your car, but not in your body." It is a sobering thought.
  • Parks Associates has published "Delivering Quality Healthcare to the Digital Home", a report analyzing emerging technologies and their applications in the healthcare industry. The report projects that the two fastest growing areas, wellness monitoring services and e-health services, will both achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 50% over the next five years, while geriatric care monitoring services will achieve a CAGR of 22% and acute care monitoring services a CAGR of 35% over the same time period.
  • Intel continues to put significant resources into what they term "digital health". In January 2005 Intel re-aligned its organization and added the Digital Health Group, led by Louis Burns. The group continues to be focused on developing products and exploring business opportunities for Intel architecture products in healthcare research, diagnostics and productivity, as well as personal healthcare.

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