“Data science and software will do more for medicine than all of the biological sciences together.”
That’s according to Vinod Khosla, Silicon Valley venture capitalist who has already put his money where his mouth is by investing heavily in the medical technology field. But how can data science and software have such a profound impact upon the medical field?
In order to understand, you only need to take one look at the burgeoning Wearable Technology Movement.
The Wearable Movement is about ushering in an era of personal awareness. It is about becoming more cognizant of our bodies and the impact our daily actions have on our overall health. It is about accountability, both to ourselves and to others. If we say we want to start exercising more, we can track it and measure it. Wearables are just one example of how the industry is beginning to design scalable solutions that help people live better, healthier lives while simultaneously alleviating some of the pressures on our costly, complex, and overwhelmed healthcare system.
Ultimately, these advancements are about the most important and frequently overlooked element of health care: patient empowerment.