Friday, December 11, 2009

The Future of Healthcare by 2020: the collapse scenario

A series of natural and social disasters were the last thing our persistently struggling economy needed. The numbers of people needing care, especially those of displaced populations, swelled—as our ability to care for them became ever more limited. Increased vector-borne diseases and infectious strains amplified by global warming and environmental degradation have sharply increased demand for acute care. To make matters worse, the accumulated effects of delayed care through the great recession are finally coming due: poor nutrition, heart problems, and delayed dental care are all exacerbating the effects of infectious diseases. The public and private health infrastructures prove insufficiently resilient to respond effectively to these multiple demands and some parts begin to give way under the strain. Among the bright spots in this dark picture is the ingenuity and resourcefulness shown by local communities.

What could Health and Health Care look like in 2020? Watch the Collapse scenario video at and comment how are we moving towards or moving away from this scenario?

Healthcare 2020 is an initiative from The Institute for the Future (IFTF)

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Future of Healthcare by 2020: the discipline scenario

Out of the fray of health care cost cutting imperatives of the past decade of reform, evidence and efficiency emerge as our key values. Beyond medicine, these regulatory imperatives touch edges of the global health economy: raising standards for health claims in food science, medical devices and consumer electronics—and increasing the legal and financial repercussions of making overstretched health claims. This is also the era of No Doctor Left Behind: metrics of practice have been put in place, made possible by systematic analyses of electronic health records. Care is as rational now as it has ever been, optimized to your requirements, genetic indicators, and projected contributions to society. Navigation services have sprung up to assure that care is provided for the best value, including remote consultations or travel abroad.

What could Health and Health Care look like in 2020? Watch the Growth scenario video at and comment how are we moving towards or moving away from this scenario?

Healthcare 2020 is an initiative from The Institute for the Future (IFTF)

The Future of Healthcare by 2020: the growth scenario

It’s boom-time in the global health economy. Major breakthroughs for treating major chronic diseases are reached in biotech, genetic medicine, powered in part by improved IT. These breakthroughs did not reduce costs, however. In the growing number of states where coverage is mandated, this explosion is heightened by the creation of millions of fully insured customers. New jobs in health care are materializing every day. And with the oldest baby boomers now in their mid-70s, millions more Americans have entered the period of life where their utilization of health care services is more intense and costly. As a result, health and wellness categories continue to be one of the only profitable sectors of the economy, even at the expense of others.

What could Health and Health Care look like in 2020? Watch the Growth scenario video at and comment how are we moving towards or moving away
from this scenario?

Healthcare 2020 is an initiative from The Institute for the Future (IFTF)

Monday, August 03, 2009

UK HealthCare robotics

Robots can transport supplies and laboratory specimens from one location to another decreasing the amount of staff time needed to walk from the clinic to the hospital and more time for patients.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

PKU and us - WINNER of the Rare Disease Day 2009

A refreshing and funny way to talk about a serious, difficult and painfull work to deal with every day needs of children with a rare disease

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

iPhone for babies

If you found the iPhone difficult to get started and not intuitive, don't watch this video, it's gonna make you feel very bad bad bad! Even a baby (my son BTW) can use it, watching video and slidding the images' library, so easy!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

How it feels to have a stroke - TED talks

Another potential TED talk that I am interested to use for TEDx Healthcare


Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Google Wave Kicks Ass!

You can define it as an "email" solution if email was invented today or as an instant wiki communicator.

You can share your "email" conversation (a wave) with all your friends/colleagues/network, instead of sending individual emails to predefined people.

You can just reply to someone like replying to an email, but as replying contextually within the text posted by the others (like editing a wiki page) and you see all changes in real time!

Furthermore, later on, you can easily play the recorded "real time" responses chain to better follow or understand a previous wave.

Last, but not least, you will be able to publish a wave within a blog and then anyone being able to join this wave from the blog and vice-versa.

Communicating, collaborating on documents, sharing, editing them in real time and playing back "real time" in any type of web clients! Mobile support for Android and iPhone will be available as well.

All this available in open source to increase developers' adherence and engagement around the wave client.

Whatever you like or not, Google Wave, but Yammer, Facebook, twitter, etc, if not replacing your current email, are changing the way we define those old email inboxes.

Let's make sure you surf all waves and get ready for collaboration and innovation!

Friday, May 15, 2009

TED talks for TEDxHealthcare - inventor Robert Fischell

I am watching TED talks to select the 2-3 recorded talks that I will broadcast during my TEDxHealthcare event in October.

This one is about Robert Fischell, who invented the rechargeable pacemaker, the implantable insulin pump, and devices that warn of epileptic seizures and heart attack. He makes three wishes: redesigning a portable device that treats migraines, finding new cures for clinical depression and reforming the medical malpractice system.

Do you like it? Have you watched another TED talk which can be related to healthcare?

Furthermore, feel free to refer to me any inspiring speakers, who can join the event in October!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

All New TED subtitles in 40+ languages

TED's mission is "ideas worth spreading", nevertheless 4.5 billion people don't speak English or not very well! That's why TED is annoncing today "The TED Open Translation Project".

It will enable thousands of volunteer translators to use subtitles to make TED available to their own communities. To do this the right way has taken a year of preparation. This is especially exciting for TEDx event organizers whose mother-tongue is not English. You can now hold a TEDx event with TEDTalks subtitled in any languages.

Explore "the TED Open Translation Project" here:

and find more information about TEDx events here and start organizing your own independent TEDx event today, like mine:

TEDxHealthcare, an independently organized TEDx event, in Nyon, Switzerland to talk about the future of Healthcare. BTW, I am still looking for inspiring speakers!

Friday, May 08, 2009

TEDxHealthcare an independently organized TEDx event, in Nyon, Switzerland

This first time, it will be mostly an internal audience. Nevertheless, I am looking for inspiring speakers and to connect with other TEDx organizers via twitter!

TEDx Healthcare in a nutshell:

Objective? Engaging various functions (R&D, Marketing, IT, Supply Chain, etc) into innovative thinking and ideas sharing

What? Talking about the future of Healthcare, 2 recorded TEDTalks, 3 external speakers (topics/speakers TBC) + discussions

potential topic 1 > Technologies and Social Media best practices in patients' treatments and medicines adherence
potential topic 2 > Semantic Web, what will it change for consumers and for fellow workers
potential topic 3 > The future of Healthcare from a Designer perspective

Friday, April 24, 2009

Total of iPhone users + total of apps + total of downloads = failure???

An interesting post, from Nick Jones a member of the Gartner blog, where he believes that the ROI of iPhone apps is not obvious given huge numbers of apps available and the small market shares (compare to total smartphones market).

I think this is something to keep in mind when launching an iPhone application, but Nick Jones' calculations doesn't count the value of the iPhone brand which brings a value to an iPhone apps launch. He did mentioned the need to be less emotional and more arithmetic in the pros and cons to use the iPhone, but emotions in brands count, count a lot in fact.

So while arithmetics are important, don’t forget about the marketing aspect of launching an iPhone application. It could generate already way enough return on the buzz talk around the fact that you have an iPhone available, doesn’t really matter if a lot of your customers use it or not… Furthermore, it will let developers (and the marketers too) start to learn distributing their apps on smartphones, even if the technology will change, they can learn the best practices.

Nevertheless, read Nick Jones post, his point of view is worth keeping in mind too before investing in iPhone apps!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Leverage Negative domain names and rumors on social media/blogs

I have just read a blog post on regarding buying domain names which are negative to brands.

I am sorry, but have to strongly disagree, pro-actively buying negative domain names (DNs) is a very bad idea and it doesn't work! Here is why:

- you encourage DNs hackers to buy negative DNs related to your trademarks > since you care, they find you a more interesting target

- negative DNs are unlimited, one day it is and the next day, it is > DNs hackers will always be one step ahead of your protective buying actions

- this had been the strategy of companies 10 years ago when negative DNs appeared, they failed and they stopped doing this!

This is what you should do:
- try first to manage well your real trademarks and the content of your brand web sites, which add real value for customers

- of course, "listen" to what happens on the Internet, DNs, furthermore in blogs and social networks (rumors and negative posts or groups can also appear here) and take the following actions:

a) understand the reason why this happened and first think about this as an opportunity, instead of a threat, to change the way you produce, manage and/or sell your products/services

b) take legal actions, if you strongly believe this a threat impacting your brand/stealing your trademark, but go back to a) as well to look for better products/services

c) if you don't have the opportunity to leverage your products/services nor that this is real brand/trademark impact - just ignore them!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Wireless chip Patch vs Implant

Will that be IN or ON my body? Many Wireless technologies have been presented at the Continua Health Alliance in Spain

When I think a bit beyond moral, it will make sense to implant such chip in my body, so that my health starts to be monitored 24/7 without wearing a device on a belt or an ugly patch which could disappear after a shower or another!

Of course, I might worry about what that chip will do in my body, but that is not a risk! The chip itself will not harm anything nor for sure its potential service provider. The risk is about malicious use of my data and that scares me.

Nevertheless, online banking scared me too 10 years ago. Today, they are managing online billions of customers' accounts, so let see how things will move forward in the near future...

Furthermore, I have also realized, that once someone you care for, is very sick, lower are your concerns, higher are your expectations from technologies!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Lift Conference - RFID... Watch Out your data!

RFID can..will definitively power the Internet of things, like today, nabaztag, poken, etc, becoming almost low end computers, but the same security issues happening on the Internet software, will potentially happens to the RFID and those things connected.

RFID can't protect themselves... right? So any RFID reader scans can potentially get those information.

- unauthorized tag reading
- eavesdropping tracking
- tag cloning
- denial of services

and even RFID Malware is possible, meaning that a malware can be written to RFID tag, which pushes a copy of your RFID data to backend database, interesting, isn't it?

That's fine as long as the RFID tag was on FMCG goods, but what about RFID tag in your passport?

But a solution is becoming available soon, the RFID Guardian, developed at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, which enables security policies, firewall and more.

So keep your cat or dog posted, since most of them are RFID implemented, he might be interested to know that "big brother" is watching him and for the time being go to the Lift videos center and watch the presentation from Dr. Melanie Rieback.

Lift Conference - we are all connected and not necessarily through the Internet!

What are the consequences of all being connected, always connected? Receiving emails at work, sometime even instant messaging, including videos. Connecting with friends at home, sometime even from the office (with the risks of not being thanks for that by the company...), even now revealing our GPS position to all the world!

That means changes, changes to the way we behave in society, the way we work at office (or from anywhere in fact), the way we meet friends and even a girl/boy friend!

That definitively means a change of our cultures, the human cultures... nevertheless, that also change the way human act and consume, so the way they interact or indeed connect with other things, including with nature! Everything we do, they way we care or don't care about those little acts multiply by millions/billions of individuals have an impact on everything!

So everyone, everything are connected and not only through the internet, but definitively through our path to the future, thanks to WWF's last campaign for reminding us!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Do you poken?

Have you seen this new gadget? A Poken, they call it... in fact an USB key which contains your business cards and kind of bluetooth reader, so that when you match your poken with someone poken, they exchange their business cards.

Once back on the poken website, you can save their business cards and connect through your favorite social networks, LinkedIn, Plaxo, Facebook, etc.

You can do this with your friends, but why not with your colleagues or business contacts, even more why not connecting closer with your customers or at least providing them some online services with additional value. The Poken API is there to open your creativity!