What Health Care Will Look Like in 2030. Maybe.

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It’s 2030. Scenarios like the following are routine: Your mobile device chimes with an audible message. Sensors in your 85-year-old father’s apartment show that he hasn’t opened the fridge today and hasn’t taken his medicines. He’s breathing more rapidly and urinating less than normal. He has a fever and a cough, his blood sugar is high and blood oxygen low. Based on this data and his cloud-based health record, a computerized algorithm says there is a greater than 90% chance that he has bronchitis or pneumonia that is aggravating his diabetes and causing dehydration. If you approve, the software will call an ambulance, alert the emergency room, share this information with his primary-care physician, diabetologist and visiting nurse, and arrange for Uber to take you to the emergency room...

Read more on The Wall Street Journal.

Publication Details

Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Authors: David Blumenthal, M.D.
Contact: David Blumenthal, M.D., President, The Commonwealth Fund
E-mail: db@cmwf.org

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