Healthcare For the Better
Technology advances empower consumers and lead the way to better health
Innovation has advanced healthcare in ways that we might only have dreamed of a few years ago. From wearable tech that gives us realtime wellness data, to personal genetic testing, millions of Americans are getting on board.
Innovations like these can empower us to be more proactive in our healthcare decisions, and that’s a good thing. Whether you’re an individual or a small business owner looking to control healthcare costs, here’s how the future of healthcare innovation can work for you.
Access to Expert Advice:
Cloud computing is making information sharing easier and giving people access to medical care around the globe. “A medical diagnosis in Shanghai today can be seen in Chicago tonight. Hospitals, doctors and physicians can instantly share information. This will change medicine forever,” says Keith Farley, director of innovation and customer experience at Aflac.
Small Business Benefits:
Expert diagnoses—available wherever your employees work—can help your team get well faster, and in some cases, even avoid more serious complications.
The Sci-Fi Factor:
3D printing is a cuttingedge innovation in health care today. Aflac’s 'arley points out that 3D printing can be used to create prosthetics, casts for broken limbs, and some scientists
are now experimenting with 3D-printing organs.
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Let’s say an employee’s child needs a prosthetic hand— printing it at home could drastically lower the cost. The Internet of Things
has ushered in access to real-time sensor data. Wearable tech makes it possible to monitor health factors such as our blood pressure and the amount of exercise we get. This helps consumers manage health decisions proactively.
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Wearables can motivate employees to make positive lifestyle choices—a friendly PGmDF DPNQFUJUJPO DBO IFMQ ZPVS UFBN reach their daily step goals—leading to more productive and healthier people.
ADVANCES FROM SURPRISING PLACES
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Accident-free employees are a win-win for everyone!
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Anita Campbell CEO, Small Business Trends LLC