How Do Healthcare Providers Manage the Stream of Information?

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The software is a part of the solution, so we think about it as a feedback loop, right? If you think about it, there's somehow you have to get from the person who's body is generating the data to ultimately result the inside that's coming back to that person. So what are the steps? So there's the body, the body is creating signals, electrical signals, physical signals that are all being sensed, and then transmitted.

So there is a sensing, there is a wireless connectivity piece which is now becoming ubiquitous so the data somehow going somewhere off of the body. Once it's gone somewhere, it gets analyzed, that software. A software helps to generate the insights. I don't think it will be the only way that the insights can generate, there is going to be people involved, there is going to be physicians and others who are going to help to mediate that data.

Right now I think if we're to rely on software alone, I think we'd be in trouble, ultimately medical judgement is going to matter a lot, and then it goes back to the patient, right? So it makes a full loop, and it has to go through these steps and so the great things are that wireless connectivity is becoming ubiquitous and it's becoming cheap, so there's a sort of Moore's Law effect that's driving those costs down.

Software, the cost of analysis is becoming incredibly cheap, the same thing, it's Moore's Laws that's getting dropped right driven down. The sensing piece, you can argue is also being driven down in cost, by Moore's Law fundamentally it's the same basic things in the same basic laws of scaling that are helping us here, to drive costs down and improve performance see of all these three big categories that are all being driven by Moore's law.

The costs are coming down the value of what's coming out is going up, and then you have this mediation that's happening by human beings somewhere in various points in that feedback loop, and you're now getting higher quality data going to those people, this is back to your question about the constrained health system.

It's going back to those constrained resources in a way that they can process that information very efficiently and triage it, and instead of having to force doctors and nurses and other providers to manage sort of large bodies of junky data, we can now give them small bodies of highly impactful data to process and provide that human judgement that's going to make the quality of care ultimately better.