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Unlocking Value-Based Healthcare

Is IoT the missing link for operational and clinical improvements in healthcare?

Value-based healthcare, personalized medicine and patient centricity will quickly reshape how medical care is delivered and paid for. An important force behind this trend is the connectivity enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT), which wirelessly links people, IT systems and things and enables two-way transfers of data through a network. All this can happen […]

Tired of Meaningless Conversations? AI Can Help

How technology can boost our emotional intelligence.

When was the last time you spent hours deep in conversation with someone, one-on-one? Was it over the phone, in a coffee shop or at dinner? How many of these quality conversations have you had recently? Conversations matter beyond day-to-day family life and friendships  –  they are crucial in the workplace. Whether it’s a conversation […]

From Victims to Fighters

This CEO turned her personal struggles into a business – while tapping into the future of healthcare.

Editor’s Note: We’re putting the focus on entrepreneurs who are getting big results out of their upstart companies. This article is part of an ongoing series of interviews with women small business owners – you can read all the interviews here.  Emily Levy, the CEO and co-founder of Mighty Well, believes wellness is something you can […]

Healthcare Begins Exploring Blockchain

Can technology help healthcare providers share data more securely and confidentially?

The sprawling U.S. healthcare industry has trouble managing patient information: Every doctor, medical office, hospital, pharmacy, therapist and insurance company needs different pieces of data to properly care for patients. These records are scattered all over computers – and some no doubt in filing cabinets, too. They’re not all kept up to date with current information, as […]

Can the Global Supply Chain Meet the Demands of Healthcare?

A healthcare product’s journey is equally as important as its destination.

Each year, Global Business Reports publishes its report on the state of the biopharmaceutical industry based on interviews with more than 100 authoritative thought leaders. These include industry associations, logistics experts, academic institutions, research organizations, consultants and analysts. As part of the report, UPS’s Dirk van Peteghem shared his insights on supply chain challenges and […]

Telemedicine’s Value in Rural America

The net neutrality ruling could be a bitter pill for a growing healthcare trend.

The FCC voted 3-2 in December to repeal net neutrality, and the repeal is set to take effect in the spring. Neutrality rules require internet service providers (ISPs) such as Verizon and Comcast to treat all internet content and access equally. But now, ISPs will be able to increase or decrease broadband speeds for certain […]

The Huge Opportunity in Consumer Healthcare

Is your business poised for growth in the new healthcare market?

The rise of consumerism in healthcare has the potential to transform the entire sector. Healthcare is evolving from a sick-care market – treating people who are already sick – to a consumer-driven health market, where consumers take control of their health and wellness decisions. Three main factors are driving this shift. Firstly, the costs of being sick […]

The 2018 Healthcare Trend? It’s Personal

From precision medicine to 3D printing, we're moving to a truly patient-centric healthcare system.

Australia 2030: Prosperity Through Innovation, the plan released last week by Innovation and Science Australia on behalf of our government, proposes ambitious National Missions, including seizing “the opportunity to integrate genomics and precision medicine into our healthcare system to ensure that Australia continues to be one of the healthiest countries on Earth.” In my view, […]

Pandemics: They’re Everyone’s Business

Every industry has a stake in contributing to strong and resilient health systems.

The cover of the May 16, 2017, issue of TIME magazine featured a picture of one the scariest threats to the world. It was neither a picture of a mushroom cloud of an atomic bomb nor the face of an infamously ruthless dictator. Rather, it was a picture of something rather invisible to the unaided […]

Digital Tech Can Deliver Better Healthcare to Sub-Saharan Africa

Geography should not limit access to healthcare. Here's a digital step in the right direction.

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 13 percent of the world’s population – yet bears 24 percent of the global disease burden and has only 2 percent of the world’s doctors. The grim health situation is the result of a crisis in healthcare investments in the continent, with only 1 percent of the world’s health expenditures being used […]

How Healthcare Is Changing in the Digital Age

Let's give every person around the world access to digital healthcare solutions.

Technology is transforming global healthcare for both healthcare workers and patients across the world. We only have to look at how the digitization of patient records has simplified life for clinicians, making it easier than ever before to record real-time patient data, look for personal health trends and patterns and study patient history. This has […]

Bridges and Roads as Important as Your Medicine Cabinet?

How does infrastructure affect your health? Much more than you might think.

Two seemingly unrelated national policy debates are ramping up, and we can’t adequately address one unless we address the other. Healthcare reform has been the hottest topic. What to do about America’s aging infrastructure has been less animated but is arguably more pressing. Yet, even as cracks in America’s health system and infrastructure expand, political […]

Not Impossible

The art and joy of doing what couldn’t be done.

The following is an excerpt from Mick Ebeling’s book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done.  Which would you rather have screw you up totally: the heat or the insects? That was the choice we faced when we tried to make a hand for Daniel in Yida. We had transferred […]

The Ultimate Gift

One UPSer explains how his personal experience with organ and tissue donation turned into a professional passion.

My father was 67 when he passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest in 2009. He was healthy and had no apparent health issues so the news of his passing came as quite a shock to our family. We experienced many dark days grieving and struggling to make sense of it all … that is, until […]

Donate Life

Every 10 minutes, another person joins the waiting list for an organ transplant. Here's how you can help.

Click here to learn about Sharon Cauthen’s journey as a kidney recipient. Kathy Anderson’s heart was severely damaged by medicine she was prescribed while pregnant with twin girls. The damage wasn’t evident until after her daughters were born. Within a couple of weeks, she was given only a slim chance of survival. Her doctors knew her […]

What Will Healthcare Look Like in 2030?

Our healthcare systems aren't sustainable. What is the next evolution of patient treatment?

With so many novel therapies in development, there has never been a more exciting time to practice medicine, says Dr. Andre Goy, Chairman and Director of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. However, rising costs, an aging population and an increase in non-communicable diseases showcase why global healthcare needs to be “fundamentally reinvented,” […]

How Man’s Best Friend Is Helping Cancer Treatment

Our four-legged friends could play a major role in the war on cancer.

“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.” ― John Grogan, “Marley and Me: […]

A Secret Killer – and Why Speed Can Kill It

It might not dominate the headlines, but sepsis is a healthcare crisis that requires immediate action.

It kills more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS – combined. Somehow I had never heard of it. Then it took my daughter’s life. Erin was in severe pain at home following outpatient surgery. We knew something was wrong. Erin returned to the hospital, but the doctor, fearing complications, didn’t want her to […]

The End of the Waiting Room?

How telemedicine is set to change the healthcare industry.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that increased rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes will increase global healthcare spending by 4 percent per year. The industry has never needed innovation and efficiency more, particularly since formerly unprecedented wait times for physicians and specialists are now common. Enter the age of […]

Age Matters

By changing how we care for our elders, we can change the world for generations to come.

Most people today can expect to live into their 70s and beyond. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, within the next 15 years, the world will have close to a billion people over the age of 65. People aged 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of 5 sometime before 2020. Our health and wellness lie […]

How Knowledge-Based Analytics Can Drive Drug Discovery

Knowledge and data analytics will fuel the next frontier in healthcare.

Data-driven analytics is far from a new concept in healthcare. From improving population health and disease management to advancing precision medicine initiatives, data-driven analytics have laid the foundation for more targeted care for decades. But in today’s information-overloaded environment, where the data is only as powerful as the insights generated from it, the key actually […]

A Digital Path to Better Healthcare

Mobile technology is laying the foundation for the future of healthcare, but it doesn't have to be flashy.

Africa has changed remarkably, and for the better, since I first worked as a young doctor in Angola some 20 years ago. But no change has been more obvious than the way the continent has adopted mobile technology. People in Africa – and, indeed, throughout low- and middle-income countries – are seizing the opportunities that […]

How to Help Combat Malaria: Supply Chain Remedies

Saving millions of lives starts with better supply chains.

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly half of the world’s population is at risk for malaria, a life-threatening, but ultimately curable and preventable disease spread by mosquitoes.  Malaria rapid diagnostic tests are an important part of the fight against the disease, but according to new research from MIT, supply chain challenges keep these tests […]

Why 3D Printing is the Next Model T

From knee replacements to personalized Coke bottles, 3D printing is driving the customization movement.

In 2013, an Indonesian designer named Arie Kurniawan re-imagined an airplane part and won a GE aviation contest. He wasn’t a trained aerospace engineer, and he didn’t have experience with industrial manufacturing. He simply understood what many of his rivals did not: the power of 3D printing. His design beat out 1,000 entries to become the first […]

The Daily Grind of Diabetes Control

New technology will revolutionize how we fight diabetes.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and Nov. 14 is World Diabetes Day. For millions of people living with diabetes, the daily routine of finger pricks and insulin injections has become a way of life. The good news: New innovations will continue to improve the way people with diabetes manage the disease – and with […]

TED@UPS: Could Biology Cure Traffic Congestion?

What if traffic flowed through our streets as smoothly and efficiently as blood flows through our veins? Wanis Kabbaj sits down for a Q&A.

In September, UPS Healthcare Strategy Director Wanis Kabbaj gave a TED@UPS talk. Longitudes caught up with him recently to talk about the experience and what he hopes people might learn from his presentation. His talk is being featured on – click the link below to view. Afterwards, check out our Q&A with Wanis below. Q. […]

The Vaccine Fridge That Could Save Lives

Reviving Einstein's ideas could save millions of lives.

Transporting vaccines to every corner of the globe is one of the key health priorities of our time, but every year thousands of life-saving medicines are lost through inadequate storage. This may no longer be the case, thanks to the inventiveness of a 22-year-old graduate from the United Kingdom.  Will Broadway’s invention is made even more […]

Still Pushing Your Customers Around?

Stakeholders are now moving towards supply chain excellence and inbound logistics to handle new pressures on the American healthcare system.

Inbound Logistics published its first healthcare logistics article back in 1994.  That article revealed several important reasons for companies to move to demand-driven logistics, even those not in the healthcare value chain. Hillarycare was introduced the year before that article ran. My opinion then was, “Fine, look at Hillarycare, but first cut costs and boost […]

Save Data, Save Lives

A common difference between life and death? Accurate data.

While much of the world today suffers from information overload, there are still places where information is scarce. And that scarcity sometimes costs people their lives. In the maternity ward of Zanzibar’s largest public-health facility, Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, patient data are listed on a dry-erase board. The information on the board lists the number of women […]

Cracking Zika’s DNA

Scientists are using biotech tools to crack open Zika's genetic code.

Officials have begun spraying insecticide in a 10-square-mile area north of downtown Miami this week to eradicate Zika-carrying mosquitoes, but researchers still must answer many of the most fundamental questions relating to the virus — and support for their efforts is coming from some unlikely places.  Zika, which can cause birth defects in pregnant women, […]