Healthcare

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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.
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais | Quantum Global Group

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.
Niall Dunne | BT Group

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.
Korydon Smith | University of Buffalo

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.
Mick Ebeling | Not Impossible Labs

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.
Chris Conrad | UPS

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.
Glen A Franklin, M.D. | Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates

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?
Andre Goy | Hackensack University Medical Center

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.
Nicole Ehrhart | Colorado State University

“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.
Dr. Carl Flatley | Sepsis Alliance

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.
Geoff Light | UPS

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.
Sam Adams | IBM

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.
Louisa Roberts | IBM Watson Health

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.
Ann Aerts | Novartis Foundation

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.
Lauren McKown | MIT-D Lab

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.
Rick Smith | Fast Radius

Mitch Free | Fast Radius

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.
Wanis Kabbaj | UPS

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 TED.com – 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.
Alex Gray | Formative Content

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.
Keith Biondo | Inbound Magazine

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.
Muhammad Hamid Zaman | Boston University

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.
Mike Keller | GE Reports

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, […]

Sending Cancer Packing

How logistics can help make or break product launches.
Kevin Conroy | Exact Sciences

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It doesn’t have to be that way. A colonoscopy can detect the disease at an early, treatable stage. But because that traditional test is an invasive procedure, a third of all U.S. adults who should get tested don’t get screened. Exact […]

Six Ways to Healthcare Supply Chain Success

A set of core traits can align your supply chain with the demands of the healthcare industry.
Shoshanah Cohen | Stanford University

Minimizing inventory and improving efficiency — that’s how companies in most industries control supply chain costs. Missing a few sales is less important than keeping inventory under control. But the concept of “too much inventory” loses its relevance when people’s lives depend on product availability That’s a key reason why healthcare supply companies have historically […]

Clinical Trials: A Key Step in Medical Breakthroughs

Throughout history, research has powered medical breakthroughs. Here's how to push what’s possible.

Let’s take a step back in time. First stop is 1955, when Dr. Jonas Salk announced a major medical breakthrough — he had won the fight against polio. Now, let’s take a step further back. Physician James Lind in the mid-1700s conducted the first controlled clinical trial of the modern era. Essentially, his work found […]

Sweat the Small Stuff

Wireless skin sensors sniff out medical issues.
Mark Egan | GE Reports

Anil Duggal has always had a knack for invention — the GE Global Research chief scientist has 98 U.S. patents to his name. Now, with the support of his colleagues Jeff Ashe and Azar Alizadeh, Duggal is on the verge of turning years of abandoned research into what might be the world’s most advanced skin-surface […]

Healthcare Restructuring, Done Right

Eliminate the pain points in healthcare acquisitions with these survival tips.

Second in a two-part series. Click here for part one. In this post, we will outline some pragmatic, actionable strategies we’ve gleaned in our experience working in this sector. Tactical Solutions for a Smooth Integration Over the years, we’ve observed several easily adoptable practices that greatly enhance the chance of a smooth transition for acquisitions […]

Pain Relief for Healthcare M&A

A successful merger or acquisition requires the right strategy. We've been there.

First in a two-part series. According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, 70 to 90 percent of mergers and acquisitions fail. It’s a disconcertingly high rate – particularly when you consider that the cause cited for most failures wasn’t technological, financial or product-related. It was due to the process of the integration itself. […]

5 High-Tech Trends Reshaping Healthcare

Innovations you'll be hearing about in the years to come.
Rodney J. Moore | Healthcare Writer

Technology is giving new meaning to modern medicine. From wearables to the cloud, technology innovations are attempting to disrupt an industry with plenty of hurdles to overcome as it is. But given healthcare’s focus on cost-savings and patient convenience, many of the high-tech trends likely to reshape the industry could also come with better odds […]

Healthcare Hacks

Spreading frugal innovation in the healthcare industry.
Jan Denecker | UPS

These days, it seems like there is a “hack” for just about everything. And no, I’m not talking about cyber-security here, I’m referring to the concept that you may see on your Facebook newsfeed from time to time. Think: using a pants hanger to hold a cookbook or putting a cell phone in a cup […]

How to Build a Smarter Dummy

Escobar Technologies uses 3D printing to make better, more realistic simulated body parts for health education.
Kimberly Holland | Redshift

The U.S. health-care system is as complicated and intricate as it has ever been. As the demand on the medical-care system weighs heavier with each passing year, the need for properly trained nurses, doctors, specialists and health-care technicians continues to grow. Increasingly, these professionals are turning to medical simulators for that training. A medical simulator […]