Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, outlined his vision for the future of healthcare recently on the podcast “Theory and Practice” which focuses on the intersection of biology and computer science.
Schmidt believes accessing larger amounts of data will lead to better healthcare outcomes.
More electronic health and medical records (EHR/EMR) will be stored on the cloud which will improve access to large amounts of data and will also be able to support the vast quantity of data the healthcare industry produces, he said.
Schmidt said this will allow for more “deep data science” to perform predictive analytics to inform doctors on decision making for patients.
With increased data sharing, the healthcare industry will be less disjointed and more efficient. “What’s nice about healthcare is that improvements in efficiency are also aligned with improvements in health,” Schmidt said.
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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has a vision for healthcare.
He explained it on a recent episode of the podcast “Theory and Practice” which focuses on the intersection of biology and computer science. The podcast is produced by Google AI and venture arm GV, which was formerly known as Google Ventures.
Schmidt, a billionaire who studied electrical engineering at Princeton University, was Google’s CEO for a decade, and later served as executive chairman. He left that role at Google’s parent company, Alphabet, in early 2018.
Schmidt has long held beliefs about the important role of big data and data sharing, he said. Data-sharing has faced obstacles in healthcare, where the privacy of personal health data is a big concern.
Schmidt said he believes that better data access and sharing will improve healthcare.
“If you look at the medical system in America, it was never designed in a way that you and I were agree as rational. The incentives are misaligned and the databases are poor,” Schmidt told co-hosts Anthony Philippakis, a venture partner at GV and Alex Wiltschko, senior research scientist with Google AI.
“I believe because of the gains in machine learning and data analysis, we have an opportunity to rethink some of those underlying assumptions.”
Making it easier to access data to improve the healthcare system
Because of the disjointed nature of the US healthcare system, Schmidt said that all medical data should be in one place that is easy for the doctor and patient to access.
“When I go to the doctor, I want to give them a login and a password for me, and when they log in I want them to see all of my medical data from everywhere,” Schmidt said.
As Schmidt outlines in the podcast episode, oftentimes when a patient has to have multiple tests done by different specialists, the medical information is not shared between their systems. This is just one example of the disconnected communications that Schmidt says could easily be fixed.
Another important point to fix is making large amounts of health data available for research purposes. Schmidt said the privacy issue could be resolved …read more
Source:: Business Insider