In the latest article Call 911! Healthcare Needs a Tech Resuscitation by Brian Buntz at The Internet of Things Institute. In the article Tamara shares her perspective of how The Internet of Things will radically transform healthcare in coming years. You can read an excerpt below:
Imagine you just got a cancer diagnosis. You speak with four highly-regarded physicians and get four conflicting recommendations: chemo, radiation therapy, surgery, and one opinion that recommends a combination of allopathic and complementary medicine. “It would be confusing and hard to make a choice because faced with a cancer diagnosis, if you choose the wrong treatment, you might die. It’s scary,” says Tamara McCleary, the CEO of Thulium.co and futurist who began her career as a registered nurse.
“When you and I get sick, we rely rely on doctor’s memory, their education, their personal biases and their emotional state. We are even relying on whether they got enough sleep last night,” McCleary says. “There are all these human variables that can cause any of us to not be top of our game at any point in time—night or day. It is not a criticism. We are human. Human beings make errors.”
Now, picture a world in which doctors are trained in data science. Armed with machine learning, big data, and artificial intelligence, they can consider clinical research from across the globe, weighing the latest research and clinical data in each decision they make. Physicians could consider the likelihood that every possible treatment modality would work for each individual. And they can use technology to base each medical decision on the latest research data available, a patient’s genomics, lab results, and clinical history.
Machines could also weed out ineffective but expensive treatments and help detect the earliest signs of disease. “We can head off problems if we can intervene earlier,” McCleary says. “We know that early intervention is the key to staying healthy, as well as, the key to saving healthcare dollars.”
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