“The entire practice of medicine can be revolutionized by technology.”

Tech sector going after health care

#Health

Thu, Dec 28th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Wanting a slice of the $3 trillion dollars spent on health care in the United States, big companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft are doing their best to revolutionise health care with "new tools for consumers, patients, doctors, insurers and medical researchers."

Physicians and researchers caution that it is too soon to tell whether novel continuous-monitoring tools, like apps for watches and smartphones, will help reduce disease and prolong lives — or just send more people to doctors for unnecessary tests.

“There’s no shortage of hype,” said Dr. Eric Topol, a digital medicine expert who directs the Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego. “We’re in the early stages of learning these tools: Who do they help? Who do they not help? Who do they provide just angst, anxiety, false positives?”

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