healthcare technology

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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,” […]

Mission: Not Impossible

Not Impossible Labs combines the power of storytelling and modern-day technology to make a difference in the world.
Mick Ebeling | Not Impossible Labs

This is Part 2 of a five-part white paper series called Routes to the Future, in which we explore the innovations, challenges and opportunities in a new era of possibilities. A decade ago, 3D-printed hearts, smart homes and self-driving cars belonged in the world of science fiction. Today innovators are blurring the line between fantasy and […]

How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare

Additive manufacturing could provide a real breakthrough in treating patients around the world.
John Menna | UPS

Even as people around the globe enjoy longer, healthier and more productive lives, the rising cost of healthcare threatens to impede such progress. This is particularly troubling in the United States as Baby Boomers approaching retirement place a greater strain on an overburdened healthcare system. Policymakers and medical leaders are scrambling for innovative ways to […]

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 […]

5 Industries That Will Be Completely Transformed by IoT

The true promise of IoT is massive connectivity across industries, but can it deliver?
Jennifer Alsever | Wired Brand Lab

Contrary to popular belief, the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is not just about your alarm clock knowing when you leave the house or your thermostat adjusting the heat upon your return. Yes, these technological advancements offer myriad possibilities, but IoT technology is so much more than a connected light bulb — it’s […]

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 […]

TED@UPS: What If More Expensive Isn’t Better?

When it comes to healthcare, how can we do more with less?
Jan Denecker | UPS

As medicine advances, so does the complexity and price of healthcare. Jan Denecker takes the stage at TED@UPS to share three ways the modern healthcare industry can learn to do more with less.  Jan shares his story in his TED@UPS talk featured below.    Click here to learn more about Jan.  

TED@UPS: What If Mosquitoes Could Deliver Vaccines?

What happens when a problem becomes part of a solution?

Katie Francfort works with pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and donate products for humanitarian aid. After a recent trip to South America, Katie encountered a problem in dire need of a solution: how to supply temperature-sensitive vaccines to the world’s most remote locations.  Katie shares her story in her TED@UPS talk featured below. After you watch the video, read […]

With Bio-Texture Modeling, Feeling Is Believing for 3D-Printed Replica Organs

How the futures of healthcare and 3D printing are aligning.
Yasuo Matsunaka | Redshift

When Apple released its 30th-anniversary video in 2014, it featured a somewhat-predictable cast of Mactastic innovators including Hans Zimmer, Moby, April Greiman and others. But one innovator, Dr. Maki Sugimoto, stood out for his creativity in a field not generally associated with the Apple ethos: medical imaging. A leading authority in the field, Sugimoto is renowned […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Coolest Things of the Week

Things to blow your hair back from the frontiers of science and innovation.
Tomas Kellner | GE Reports

This week’s haul of news from the frontiers of science and innovation includes a piece about a nimble AI that shot down a seasoned Air Force pilot during a dog fight simulation, an article about a federal approval for the first human trial involving the DNA-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 and a story about Israeli researchers who hacked a […]

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 […]

Retail Steamrollers: Power Shoppers and Millennials

Don't get flattened by the competition.
Bala Ganesh | UPS

“Once a new technology rolls over you, if you are not part of the steamroller, you are part of the road,” says author Stewart Brand, editor of The Whole Earth Catalog and founder of the Global Business Network. Retailers who do not stay ahead of the technology curve are likely to get flattened.  Consumers are adopting new technologies more quickly than ever […]

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 […]