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Connected Health: How Mobile Phones, Cloud and Big Data Will Reinvent Healthcare [Kindle Edition]

Jody Ranck
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Our current healthcare system is in need of a radical reinvention. Traditional approaches have not brought the rapid change required by aging populations and the rising costs of healthcare, and government efforts too often get bogged down in partisan politics and fail to address systemic issues.

Thankfully, there is hope on the horizon. New approaches that embrace game-changing technology — mobile networks, big data, social media, and the Internet of things — could completely disrupt the status quo and transform the healthcare system. For this change to occur, we must create new institutions and collaborative markets and promote a cultural shift in how we think about medicine, health, and the body. Only then will the path to disruptive innovation be able to overcome its many obstacles and reach a future where health strategists are conversant in the tools and technologies of cooperation.

This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the emerging connected health ecosystem, including the startups and traditional technology players shaping the future of healthcare and innovative approaches by the government that demonstrate the need to move beyond the tired rhetoric of big government versus the market in healthcare.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2890 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: GigaOM Books; 1 edition (3 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088QFDU0
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting read 8 April 2014
By Danh07
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Judy takes the reader on a journey of digital health, both in terms of what is going now and where we may be heading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Connected Health" paints a detailed panorama 26 Dec. 2012
By Swords & Pens (Randy Lyman) - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently downloaded an iPhone app that measures your heart rate by viewing your face through the FaceTime camera and detecting micro-changes in the color of your cheeks as the blood pulses through them. Clever idea. Not even close to reliable, of course, but what else to expect from a free download? The best use I've found for it is meeting women after yoga class by offering to check their heartbeat with this cool iPhone app.

Such applications, spanning a wide range of quality, abound for mobile phones and tablets, and look out for more. MobiHealthNews estimated in September 2011 that within a year, Apple's AppStore would carry more than 13,000 consumer health apps for things like tracking diet and exercise, up from 9,000 at the time of writing. That's not counting medical apps for professionals; iPads have become standard issue for doctors and nurses at many hospitals. The numbers will only continue to grow.

For all this, mobile apps are but one tiny piece of a much, much larger phenomenon: the disruptive incursion of personal digital technology into the world of health and medicine. "Disruptive" is a positive word in Dr. Jody Ranck's "Connected Health." It means that the ossified, hospital-centric health care system we know and love--appropriate enough for its 19th century origins, when infectious diseases were the great challenge of the day--is giving way to a distributed, patient-centered, even social and environmental paradigm of health and wellness. This shift will have enormous consequences for the way health care is delivered, documented and paid for, and that in turn will change the way we live in more than one sense.

With great clarity of vision, "Connected Health" paints a detailed panorama of the coming changes and lays out concisely what it all means for us, as individuals and as members of society. In separate sections Dr. Ranck describes how mobile devices (mHealth), the interactive internet (Health 2.0), social media, cloud computing and massive banks of health and medical data are becoming a "connected health ecosystem" with a huge impact on our economy and lifestyle. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects health care to create more new jobs in the next decade than any other industry, and eHealth is part of the reason. "Connected Health" lists many of today's key players in each sector, making the book a rich resource for further reading.

It won't be only technology that changes, however. We will need to learn to live with the vast new array of mobile phone sensors, medical databanks and social networks to which we'll find ourselves attached--and monitored, providing data on ourselves and our environs that can detect larger patterns and needs. If a health data monitor in real time catches a lot of people in a neighborhood suddenly reporting coughing, it may signal an air contamination emergency that needs immediate response. This is modern science, not science fiction. Affected people could be treated anywhere because their medical records are in "the cloud," accessible by any doctor with an iPad.

Sounds great, but this in turn will challenge any notions we may have today about privacy rights, the availability, ownership and regulation of health data and medical records, and the sudden new social role of our most intimate possession: our own bodies.

There is "an urgent need to develop new vocabularies and to take the politics of technology, health, and culture seriously," Ranck warns. "For too long the content of health reform has been co-opted by an anachronistic discourse deeply indebted to Cold War ideological framings (socialized medicine versus the market) that have little relevance to today's health challenges. This outdated discourse is harmful to democracy, the public's health, and the business of health...."

Health care professionals and consumers alike will find much to inform them in this book. Dr. Ranck manages to take the complex puzzle of "connected health" apart and show the whole picture at the same time. The picture may soon become a familiar one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent treatment of the subject 27 July 2012
By Gaudi - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this as an IT professional with interest in the potential of technology and big-data analytics behind health care. I found this to be an excellent book, in part because the author doesn't succumb to the usual "technology worship" so common these days, but rather takes a measured (but optimistic) stance when discussing the impacts and potential of these technologies to affect health care. He also has seemed to create something of value to a variety of audiences simultaneously: investors; practitioners; professional peers; lay people. It's not very often that someone with such strong academic credentials can "keep it real" and accessible to people like me who come at the subject with no significant prior knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Lonely Planet" for Health 2.0 and eHealth. 30 Jun. 2012
By Camilo Erazo - Published on Amazon.com
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"Connected Health" feels like a Lonely Planet guide for the Health 2.0 landscape. Thoroughly researched, but concise and clearly layed out, it maps the eHealth trend without getting lost in the details but also without missing any important points. It makes you want to carry around it with you to make sense of all the new stuff you'll run into your trip through the eHealth world.

This is the first time I'm moved to write an Amazon book review. Good job!
4.0 out of 5 stars For the first time ever, the role of the governments in the era of disruption explained! 11 Nov. 2014
By Miroslav Koncar - Published on Amazon.com
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very interesting read, for me who is heavily involved in healthcare, perhaps some stuff were expected or even repeated. But what was very exciting for me, it is the first time that I saw in literature something that I personally strongly believe in, which is the role of governments in the era of disruptive innovation, patient empowerment and health 2.0. It is not buying applications or focusing on traditional eHealth projects, but more on the data collection, building health clouds for mHealth and open data models.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Update on Possibilities 11 Jun. 2014
By Pat C - Published on Amazon.com
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Took me some time to get through it but it did provide insight to the possibilities of connected health in the future. Not an easy read, some redundancy. Great bibliography for pursuing independent knowledge.
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