While the feeling of urgency to respond to the Ebola threat continues to decrease, improved contact tracing, connected mobile diagnostics and crisis protocol for telecommunications should remain priorities. Not only will these areas better prepare us for the next Ebola outbreak, but they can be applied to other slow and fast-moving diseases.
In the past five years, we have committed $33 billion in taxpayer dollars to digitize our nation's health care data. The need was unquestionable, and the potential gains are tremendous. However, the system that has emerged has essentially replicated the acute care-focused health system that has been failing us for decades.
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Devices offered as a service will be key in the next generation of healthcare solutions. By mashing up data from multiple sensors that span therapies and disease states, services can be created based on personal feedback, dashboards and incentives that are both relevant and unique to individual consumers.