Chapter 7. Transforming Health Care
It should go without saying that health care is a priority, and data analysis can help with the many serious challenges associated with this crucial industry.
Demographics and the Need for Connected Health
Maintaining good health and having access to medical care are among the most important things in life. Access means both the availability of the appropriate medical care and the ability to afford to pay for it. Collectively, managing health care is a very large problem that consumes lots of resources. Figures 7-1 and 7-2 show how much is spent and the per capita trend of spending on health care.
This is the current state, and the size of the problem will continue to grow. There are four key issues driving the need for dramatic improvements in how we manage health care:
Our population is aging and we are living longer
There is a growing shortage of physicians
We have an increasing need to manage chronic diseases
Reducing, or at least keeping in check, healthcare costs
We review each of these issues, and then discuss how the coming Age of Connected Computing aids in addressing them. However, before we begin, it is important to understand the ...