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.
What happened when I had my genome
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.
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
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.
The big-data revolution in US health care: Accelerating value
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.
Global Agenda Council on Digital Health
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