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“We are moving from a world where we treat illnesses to one where we predict and prevent them, advised by mobile doctors in our pockets.” We are moving to a new healthcare system that is aiming to prevent health problems rather then fixing them after they have occurred. The healthcare system is seeking to do this by having health data generated wearable devices, wi-fi enabled scales, smartphones and low-cost diagnostic kits that could all help provide a more accurate picture of what are health is.

Source: BBC News

Date: March 13th, 2014


Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think that HIPAA laws are preventing us from accessing this technology faster? Why or why not?
  • How long do you predict it will be before this technology is a daily part of our lives?

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