In this video, Esther Dyson examines the role of technology and big data in changing healthcare. She discusses future health technologies like real-time, noninvasive blood measurements. Learn how future technology will provide faster feedback loops in order to promote health behavior and decisions.
- [Woman] So how's big data involved? Could we have done this without big data? We could have done it, but we couldn't have measured it effectively, we couldn't have seen the difference between what did happen and what could have happened. But now we're so much better predicting what is going to happen, which is a disaster, that if we make these five communities healthy it's gonna be very clear what the difference is between what they become and what they would have been otherwise. Aside from big data, one of the coolest things that's gonna be widespread soon is going to be real-time non-invasive blood measurement of various kinds, most importantly probably glucose.
And you're gonna be able to take second graders, have them eat a Pop Tart and some sweet yogurt, and measure their blood sugar. And then the next day have them eat oatmeal with a little bit of cheese and an apple, and they can see the difference. Now that doesn't mean they're immediately all going to start eating right, but they're gonna be able to see the impact, they're gonna understand it. And I have this idea that I want to go worldwide, which is the Mouse House.
So every second grade or maybe it's first grade, whatever, you have four mice. Two are sedentary, two have running wheels. Then orthogonally, two get the Pop Tarts and the milkshakes, and two get a healthy diet with protein and fiber and so forth. And then after two or three months it's clear what's happening. One mouse like is just a total mess. One is really great and the other two are kind of in the middle.
And instead of force feeding kids boring stuff they're actually looking what lifestyle does to a mouse. The message to the kids and to you is which mouse do you want to be? Do you want to be the sedentary, bloated mouse, or do you want to be happy, running mouse? So try it yourself. I've talked to people who stopped drinking sweetened sodas and they haven't changed anything else, and they will tell you how much better they feel after a week or two, it's amazing.
Or get some exercise. Exercise is good for the spirit, for mental health, as well as for your physical health. And you also feel better, simply, "Wow, I had the discipline "to do that. "I'm actually investing in my self. "I took the time." Although there's an element of apps for tracking your behavior, and certainly a lot of data collection and stuff like that, it really ... This is not about the technology community or hot new tech, it's really much more about service delivery by real people, whether it's hospitals and doctors and nurses and clinicians on the one hand or social workers and case workers and health coaches and community leaders, it's all about delivering curricula patterns, knowledge, behavior change through people.
That's really the way to motivate people. And obviously there are lots of jobs building the tools, designing the protocols, big data and small data to figure out what motivates people the best. So there's some of the kind of design kind of work, and then there's all the delivery work.