Tag Archives: Innovation in HealthCare

Crowdsourcing CPR

I have written previously about the potential impact of mobile apps and ubiquitous computing on health and healthcare delivery, but I admit I did not see this one coming. The current issue of The New England Journal of Medicine has a report from a research group in Sweden that developed a system – and tested it in a randomized controlled trial – to use smartphones to alert CPR-trained bystanders when there was a nearby cardiac arrest. This figure from the paper describes how it works:

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The Bending Cost Curve

I attended a really interesting conference last week on “Innovation in Health Care” that was cosponsored by The Advisory Board and the Aspen Institute.  It was a one-day affair in Washington, attended by about 1000 people from around the country who were treated to talks by a star studded cast that included HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Peter Orszag , Jeffrey Brenner, former US Senators Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, and a guy with more titles than I can count, Patrick Conway. Continue reading The Bending Cost Curve