Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Future of High-Tech Health Care — and the Challenge

Steve Lohr, February 13, 2012. "The Future of High-Tech Health Care — and the Challenge." The New York Times Bits Blog.

From the blog: "The notion that a technology like Watson, if unbiased, is going to reduce health care spending significantly seems misguided. But such technologies can make a useful difference if the right economic incentives are in place. And that, of course, is what the drift toward “accountable care organizations” is about. That is, a system in which doctors, hospitals and insurers are paid for helping people live healthier lives.
If that happens, the nation’s health care bill won’t necessarily fall. People living healthier and presumably longer lives will be consuming health care services for more years. But at least the money would be spent more wisely."  Read more

See Also
Singularity University. "FutureMed."