Posts tagged ‘healthcare’

July 10, 2015

Are we making right investments?

15 years ago when I was an engineering student I had not even seen a real mobile. 10 years ago during my MBA I had  basic Nokia 3310. 2.5 years ago my siblings gifted me a Samsung Note 2.

20 years ago we did not have cable in the house, 10 years ago we made our plans as per our favourite shows schedule, today I watch my shows on demand or online.

16 years ago I opened my first email account and logged onto internet and chatted on yahoo messenger. 9 years ago I opened my first social network account. Today I have at least 10 profiles on social media channels.

20 years ago following were thought incurable – cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, AIDS and many more diseases either acquired during lifetime or genetic – most of these still are maybe manageable to some extent but almost irreversible damage.20 years ago paracetamol was the drug for fever in India – it still is.

While we keep investing and making progress in all fields of our entertainment and communication the development in the field of healthcare is so limited.

Infant mortality rate in the developing nations (ironically euphemized as growth economies) has barely moved.

There is still a challenge of suitable drinking water in many countries in Growth economies and now even in a developed country like US in California.

The amount of investment made in making small to large healthcare developments and then to market them is so highly regulated and restricted that people and professionals are not aware of those or are not even interested. E.g. there is this event I have come to know of at GE in India called Jugadathon which does help engineers/healthcare professionals to come up with new innovative and cost effective solutions. This year from the ones I read about they had some cool innovations – like using neem as antiseptic which has been a proven time tested remedy in Indian households for ages. It is initiatives like these that need to be made more popular and common. How many of science projects have healthcare as a theme?

The healthcare giants should focus on doing more of these initiatives than just launching tweaked medical devices as new products. This is where the innovation lies and our growth as humanity.

Being a part of healthcare industry for last 4 years I understand the pains that a new device or drug would take to get approved but if there are more options to chose from there would be more of good outcomes.

Regulatory agencies around the world should not be considered the obstructions but partners as they are associated with governments who are supposed to be working for good.

Why are there so less of angel investors in healthcare – in fact I am aware of none.  Calico google is focused on life expectancy but not current quality of life or creating healthcare solutions.

Why do we as a society have our priorities so messed up. This should be a time to revamp on creative geniuses of the healthcare innovations instead of game designers – I am sure it is as cool as virtual reality of gaming.

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September 19, 2013

Calico – the expectations – what it could be!

Disclaimer: This post is a product of my thoughts on what Google can do with Calico and is only my personal opinion.

Google’s entry into healthcare is a surprise for me which should not have been the case as I pride myself in hardly getting surprised. However, I recently read somewhere that the US population is aging very fast with baby boomer reaching their “being cared for” age pretty soon over the next few years. Thus the question in everyones’ mind would be “how do we support them – empower them- enable them??” So it should not be a surprise actually that google is looking forward – actually is a little late maybe in working for #healthcare, #aging, #increasinglife.

However I still think Google should be talking about #improving the span of life and not #increasing the span of life, but that’s my personal thought.

Well, to me if I go linearly with the in-house expertise within google I would think there are three directions that Google can take:

> Information path – Google has zillions and much more of information on its servers about health, taking care of oneself at various life stages etc etc.. It can restructure/redesign/re validate some or most of this information for usage and commercialize it as “personal doctor”

> Empowerment path – What did i do before Google (when was that? I really can not remember how I used to get answer to my questions). Can Calico take the same path in managing information for an individual through an app – what you have – what your family had? what is your probability for catching something? etc etc.. To start if there is just a medical history of patient which is the first step in this case – Google will be too late in the game as there are already some leading organizations catering to this kind of information and Calico will have to really UP THE GAME.

> Hardware/Device path – the third path and which I see as something different is for Google to develop something like Android platform or even enhance i.e. work on Android itself to develop life supporting devices and equipments – to monitor vitals, to suggest options in case of emergency, or even use the Maps to help identify emergencies which while enabled by an individual (to avoid privacy issues) on devices alerts the nearest care center to proceed. Even connect it with Google glasses to get a clinician/paramedic support till the time help arrives.

These are some of the initial directions that Calico might be exploring according to me – lets see what they bring in.
I am super excited.. Are you??

SORRY – Larry Page talked about age associated diseases and not focus just on increasing life span..so that’s brilliant.. The misinterpretations around are really too much for someone to read it and take it seriously as news!!