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The missing operating system in healthcare

At HIMSS 2017, IBM's chief Ginni Rometty reassured in a keynote that there will be "new collar jobs" because of advances in cloud computing, data, and AI.

We are bravely marching towards cognitive computing in healthcare. However, the world of healthcare technology is dotted with isolated islands that make this march a huge challenge.

Upgrading or Moderating: Two Evolving Views of Healthcare

As I reflect on what I learnt in 2016, I see two somewhat conflicting world-views of health: upgrading and moderating.

One promotes upgrading the human body much like software. In this case, our biological processes can be considered as algorithms that can be improved upon. The other view calls for moderating our dependence on medicine by influencing elements surrounding health, such as food and environment.

Let’s consider both views.