What Are the Coming Disruptive Trends in Health Care?

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Over at the first annual Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Conference, put on by the University of San Francisco last week, the mice were a'clickin,' the tweets were a'tweetin' and the entrepreneurs were a'pitchin.'

I stopped by the panel devoted to recent advances in medical technology, where one of the questions was: What trends in health care are truly going to be disruptive?

Here are some of the panelists' answers, which have been edited.

"Price transparency is going to be huge over the next decade. More people will want to understand why a hip replacement at one institution costs $25,000 versus $5,000 someplace else. The price convergence of health care and mobile is also going to be powerful -- 95 percent of health care that exists in a facility right now can be delivered at the patient's home, at their workplace, while they're commuting."
     -Connor Landgraf, cofounder EKO Devices, a digital stethoscope maker

"We're going to see a lot more data collection and a lot more people getting involved in the medical process, and it won't matter if you have a background in medicine or not. That allows us to tap the wisdom of patients who have gone through these issues themselves, and they are far more expert in their condition than the doctors who originally diagnosed them."
     -Jessica Greenwalt, cofounder CrowdMed, a diagnosis-crowdsourcing site

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"I see a trend in health-tech startups moving toward basing products on actual clinical evidence, which was not the case for a long time. We don't have to reinvent the wheel or create something brand new and crazy and  innovative -- you don't need to have an Oculus Rift to do medical care. Sometimes you just take something we know works in the real world and put it online. You find a way to use technology to scale it."
     -Amanda Angelotti, clinical systems designer, One Medical Group, membership-based health care

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"The biggest trend in digital health is the collection of data by passive devices, plus genomics. These are two areas that are coming together.  Clinicians and medical specialists will massage the data to enable precision medicine for the patient. Mixed up in that is social data: What are you drinking?  What are you eating?  All that's coming together to be personalized."
     -Pronoy Saha, founder, Health Technology Forum, promoting the intersection of health care and technology

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