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Rise of the Machines: How Artificial Intel and Robotics Are Changing Healthcare

As many business leaders and media pundits pay lip service to what many are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Healthcare industry insiders have been optimistic about the great benefits on the horizon.

A majority of the discussions about technology and health have, in broad strokes, centered on the IOT (internet of things), telemedicine, personalisation, and of course robotics. However, the question remains how will these tech advancements transform the way the business works? As the CEO of more than one business supporting healthcare, including the tech start-up Solaris, I have been involved in many conversations on the impacts of tech. And, while books could be written about the subject, there are a couple of areas in particular I have noticed to be at the forefront of the discussion. Namely, that of AI and robotics.

WHO You Gonna’ Call? World Health Reports Suggest Advanced Tech Providers

Since the release of a landmark report by WHO (World Health Organisation) in 2014, with many more since, the general level of concern towards antimicrobial resistance and superbugs has seen a dramatic, international upswing.

While some might say this is hardly a recent development, since everyone from analysts to pundits have been rattling alarm bells about the coming threat for years now. The problem? These new accredited and highly researched reports demonstrate the pattern is appearing all over the world. In other words the threat is not coming, it’s here.

Seniors and Superbugs: The Relationship is Deep New Data Reveals

For anyone who has ever spent a night in a crowded hospital emergency room, sitting in that plastic seat surrounded by the sick, huddled and coughing masses, you already know the mind quickly turns to infection prevention. The irony that you may receive an illness or hospital acquired infection (HAI), is likely not lost on the common patient.

While you can chalk this up to a professional hazard for medical staff, patients are an altogether different story. One that involves a lawyer, exposing hospitals to hundreds of millions in liability and patients to untold varieties of HAIs. The risks are even more prevalent in senior patients, a new University of Michigan study reveals. According to results, approximately one quarter (24.1%) of seniors leave hospitals with Multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs).

The Sharing Revolution: Why the Access Over Ownership Culture Can’t Be Jammed

While today’s shifting economy  continues to be as unpredictable for institutions and companies as ever, allocating budget into the right resources can be a challenge. And the wrong step, quite costly.

Due to today’s economic ambiguity, more management teams are opting for the so-called “access over ownership” (or AOO) model when acquiring technology. At first glance, this might seem to be counter-intuitive since many of us are conditioned to believe ownership simply makes more sense. However, as the progressive tech economy evolves and new innovations emerge, making costly decisions about which technology is best for your company is one most managers drop the ball on or even worse, simply put off. Understandably, there are only so many hours in a day for due diligence and decisions need to be made. Enter the AOO commercial services revolution.

 

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