How Is the Healthcare Industry Adapting to the Digital Age? [Vote]

August 29, 2016

4:00 pm

Tech.Co has partnered with Arlington Economic Development to bring you this story. 

Healthcare is a massive industry that has long relied on physical papers and phone calls to schedule, track, and archive patients and treatments. But as anyone reading Tech.Co is already well aware, the analog era is over. How is the healthcare industry adapting to the benefits of a connected, streamlined digital world? Are they?

The opportunities are undeniable. An online infrastructure would save time and cut down on mistakes. The big data available could uncover correlations and connections that might even save lives. The Internet of Things could add new monitoring devices or ways to signal emergency respondents immediately.

However, at the same time, hospitals are dealing with low budgets: The U.S. increased spending in the healthcare sector by only 3.6 percent between 2012 and 2015. Updating infrastructure is never a simple or cheap undertaking. Some tech advancements might even do more harm than good: An internet-connected pacemaker is a hackable pacemaker, for instance. Luckily, there’s a way for you to stay updated on the technology advances realistically available to a massive sector.

How to Learn More

One proposed panel at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017 will address the state of technology in healthcare and its foreseeable future. Titled “Rx Revolution” and composed by Arlington Economic Development, the panel will feature four speakers: Mary Martin, Senior Vice President of Health Systems Account Relationships at Surescripts; David Fairbrothers, CEO and founder at Dorsata; Brian Loew, CEO of Inspire; and Kathleen Mahan, COO of Chalant Healthcare, Inc.


You can vote for this panel from now until Friday, September 2. Submit your vote by registering or signing in with a SXSW account, and then giving the Rx Revolution panel your “thumbs up” vote. And share that link with your fellow SXSW attendees, too: Everyone can vote once.

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe