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Looking Back and Moving Forward: 2014’s Health Care Disappointments Drive 2015’s Trends

Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh

ArshyaVahabzadeh is a fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is the incoming Chairman of the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association, and the Vice President of Health Strategy and Communications at Brain Power LLC.

Disappointments of 2014: “We have smartphones and tablets whose operating systems are intuitive, their interfaces slick, and their applications offering more functionality than ever. Consumer orientated technology companies are now directing their exceptional skills towards digital health. Despite this, I get a sinking feeling every time I have to log into an electronic medical record. Seemingly designed with completely different goals from the people using them, electronic medical records remain archaic in design, and a painful experience in use. Every year I am left wondering: Is this really the best we can do?”

Trends to watch in 2015: “Data science will continue to transform the landscape of medicine, with consumers directly generating an increasing amount of the healthcare data. More people than ever are monitoring their health, stress, and sleep through the use of wearable sensors, smartphones, and other portable devices. There is also a huge push to perform diagnostic tests remotely and/or more cost effectively. These trends provide the perfect backdrop for the continued growth of big data analytics in order to develop more personalized healthcare recommendations. Consumers will become less reliant on physician ordered tests and monitoring, and will be more empowered to manage their own conditions.”

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Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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