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- Print Length: 172 pages
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- Publisher: GigaOM Books; 1 edition (June 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 3, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0088QFDU0
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Connected Health: How Mobile Phones, Cloud and Big Data Will Reinvent Healthcare Kindle Edition
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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.
This is the first time I'm moved to write an Amazon book review. Good job!