Becoming the CEO of our own healthcare
During this past week’s class, Milo Werner said, “The vision is that . . . in 2050 everyone will be the CEO of their own healthcare. In order for all 7 billion people to be healthy and have access to healthcare, they are not all going to be able to see a human doctor. In reality, your ability to understand your own health and get recommendations to support your own wellbeing is going to be key.”
In order for this to happen we need 1) personal IoT devices that can continuously, and non-intrusively measure our health, 2) tools to connect and visualize the data from our disparate healthcare devices and 3) comprehensive platforms that analyzes and recommends health interventions for both preventative and acute needs.
Personal IoT Devices
There are many specialized and generic wearable devices and biosensors available for end consumers. These can come from personal purchases or be prescribed by providers. Regardless, these devices are enabling telehealth monitoring . An example—which Milo Werner shared—is the company AliveCor which is providing round-the-clock EKG monitoring and recommendations. Increasingly we will be using both non-invasive products such as AliveCor along with invasive IoT devices such as Proteus Discover, the ingestible sensor that sends data from your stomach to your mobile device . Consumers will have an array of devices that can measure many—if not all—critical measures necessary for good health.
Tool to connect and visualize data
We are quickly approaching 50 billion IoT devices in use, and that number will rise rapidly for many years . As end consumers begin utilizing multiple health-related IoT devices, it will be critical to have a synthesizing tool that captures, organizes, and is able to display this data. Illustrative is Apple’s Health App. Health is a data collector and aggregator of our many disparate sources of health data and is creating individualized health dashboards. The more accurate and robust this data becomes, the more valuable it will be for both the individual and those who have access to the data.
Platform to Analyze and Recommend
With data collector, aggregator, and visualization tools in place, the final component will be evaluating that data to determine preventative and acute health interventions. This will likely be done in a combination of AI and remote-health providers reviewing and analyzing the data. AI will likely be the primary source to identify health concern areas and provide suggested recommendations—especially for health factors within the realm of evidence-based and precision medicine (vs intuitive medicine) . This platform will then need to relay the information back to the end consumers for suggested interventions.
This reality of making everyone the CEO of their own healthcare is well within the reach of current and upcoming technology. As companies move down the learning and cost curves and gain economies of scale they can begin selling products to the entire 7 billion and help achieve Milo and Khosla’s goal of enabling a ‘rich lifestyle’ for all.