When he speaks, please listen

With all due apologies to EF Hutton (the commercial will make you feel older than you might want to), when Vasant Narasimhan, Global Head, Drug Development and CEO of Novartis speaks we should all probably listen. In a recent article he outlined three areas that will change medicine in 2018, and spoiler alert, they all have to do with “big” data. The three areas he outlines include; the Internet of things, AI and machine learning, and emerging data platforms. He also introduced InsightCity (and maybe you) to a new term: data lakes (def. virtual warehouses holding immense amounts of raw data in their native form.) Look for “data lakes” on an upcoming IC Buzzword Bingo. FYI, a great 60-minute precision medicine panel discussion from the World Economic Forum/Davos can be found here.

When does the word “incident” really need to be defined?

When you’re talking about medical device cybersecurity, of course. According to a recent study by Deloitte, more than 35% of professionals in the Internet of Things-connected medical device ecosystem say their organizations have experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past year. What the #&%$ is an “incident?” Want to hear something scary? Of course you do. 27% of respondents indicated they “don’t know.” So, when you do the math, it means 45% of respondents who had knowledge, indicated they had an incident. Stupid math. So, we have that going for us, which is nice. In researching this article, we found a statement you might find amusing: “A little over one-third of respondents (30.1%) stated….” Nope.

5. A new member of the IoT community

Millions of people depend on inhalation drug delivery devices to aid in relieving the symptoms of chronic respiratory diseases and acute respiratory attacks. Machines can often be bulky or inefficient in delivering the right doses of necessary drugs to the human system. But change is coming. Companies like SmartInhaler and Propeller are working to provide more data and reminders to patients online and through apps about the efficiency of their inhalation. These data can also be transmitted digitally to doctors or caregivers, presumably in support of monitoring medication compliance. It’s about time your inhaler joined the Internet of Things community, right? What’ll we connect next, an egg tray? That’s so 2016. Here are some other goofy things we’ve felt the need to webify.