Today, KQED Science launches a new, multimedia website we’re calling “Future of You.”
We will explore, on a daily basis, how emerging technologies are revolutionizing medicine and how an explosion of information is changing the way we manage our health.
Health care, a $3 trillion industry hardly known for innovation, is finally getting a digital makeover, as a booming new digital health industry aims to give patients more power to track, understand and improve their lives.
The technological disruption of health care, similar to the way Amazon changed publishing and iTunes changed the music industry, is already having profound effects on everything from health care costs to privacy to medical research. Think tens of thousands of people quickly and cheaply taking heart EKGs on their smart phones as part of a study of heart disease, rather than having to all go into a hospital for the same test. It’s already happening, at a Bay Area university.
In the months ahead, we will chronicle the unfolding stories of the pioneers, patients, consumers, caretakers, entrepreneurs, thinkers, experimenters and medical professionals navigating a digital health revolution, much of which is happening right here in Silicon Valley and across the Bay Area.