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November 10, 2012

HealthTechZone Week in Review

Healthcare technology is just one small part of the larger issue that is healthcare in the United States. But even though it's only a small part of the greater whole, it's still a pretty big part in its own right on an objective scale. Thus, our Week in Review coverage sums up the bigger events of the week, so settle in and let's run down some of the high points in healthcare technology this week!

First we got a look at a celebrity's new job in healthcare. The supercomputer known as Watson, best remembered for its absolutely unbelievable performance on a special match of Jeopardy when it made Jeopardy grandmasters Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings look like potted plants by comparison. It was suggested not long after that Watson may find work in healthcare as a diagnostic machine, and indeed, that seems to be the case now thanks to its inclusion at the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of medicine. Since Watson has had such success as an information gathering tool, making conclusions based on that information, Watson's already something of a success in that field.

Next was a look at the topic of cyber-crime and how healthcare can impact said fields. With hacking attempts on the rise worldwide, and even businesses falling prey to these attacks, there are several ways that healthcare can help protect itself—and its user base—against cyber-attacks. Among the ways available are a focus on education to ensure that network users are as aware as possible of potential risks, which prevents many of the easiest avenues to approach for cyber-criminals to use.

Then we got a report that Endomondo, the social fitness community, had joined in a special effort with Powerade to point out the dangers of dehydration. Keeping property hydrated at all times is of vital importance to the operation of several key body systems, and even slight dehydration can affect both mental and physical performance alike. With such clear and present dangers going on in dehydration, the two groups are getting together to not only raise awareness, but offer free gifts for those users with the most active minutes registered through the community.

Next was a closer look at a recent joint marketing agreement between Mi-Corporation and nVoq. Given that Mi-Corporation offers mobile forms software and nVoq is a voice recognition service provider, it makes a very clear case as to why the alliance was set up in the first place. The combination of the two firms' software offerings will make for an impressive new solution that should go a long way in reducing time spent on paperwork, improving efficiency and thus putting credit toward the bottom line.

Finally, we took a look at the idea of a “superhuman workplace” and the ethics concerns surrounding same. While there would be serious advantages for those with unnaturally potent memories or bionic limbs or even computers with wearable—or even implantable—interfaces for employers, the issues raised by such practices are too disruptive to consider.

There are always a wide variety of issues to consider when it comes to healthcare technology, and that in turn yields plenty of news for our global online community to bring your way. So be sure to join us back here next week for more news in healthcare technology, and of course, every weekend for our Week in Review coverage!

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