On September 16, President Obama launched "Change the Equation," a partnership with HP and other members of the business community to seek new ways to keep American students competitive in a technology centered future.
"Our success as a nation depends on strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of discovery and innovation," said President Obama. "I applaud HP and its partners for lending their resources, expertise, and their enthusiasm to the task of strengthening America’s leadership in the 21st century by improving education in science, technology, engineering and math."
STEM education forms the building blocks of innovation, ultimately leading to entrepreneurship and catalyzing key industries, such as health IT and alternative energy. When you combine the history of American innovation with the obvious need for technical expertise today and tomorrow, HP believes it becomes clear that the nation has the resources to lead in this capacity.
See below for the White House video describing the goals and full press release:
With billions of bytes created online every day, it’s hard to believe that (in the U.S.) 25 percent of medical claims and 65 percent of medical records are still paper based.
As HP’s Shane Robison rightly notes in an article for the Daily Beast, “Making a real difference in health care is not about expensive new technologies like robots performing surgery or treatments and unnecessary tests. It’s about getting the right information to the right place at the right time.”
In fact, what we already know could be the cure. Robison provides two great examples of information technology improving the healthcare system:
1. For Arkansas BreastCare, H-P helped to set up an automated enrollment process that worked in conjunction with the state’s Medicaid program. Through the IT installation, Arkansas was able to bring early detection to more women across the state, ultimately helping 17,000 uninsured and under-insured women gain access to early detection, resources, and treatment.
2. Similarly, St. Olav’s Hospital in Norway is now fully digitally integrated, from bedside to billing. Doctors and nurses with mobile devices have access to patient information on-the-go, capturing and sharing vital patient data, such as X-rays and lab results seamlessly – St. Olav’s is truly at the forefront of 21st century health care.
Shane concludes, “Information is the greatest resource available to us in the 21st century. With the right technology, we can harness the power of information to find a different answer for the way people live, the way businesses operate, and the way the world works.”
You can expect to hear about more Healthcare 2.0 developments from HP, so stay tuned. In fact, we'll be attending the MIT/Stanford vLab event "mHealth: Jailbreaking Health Care" with experts from HP Labs on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. Get your ticket now and join us!
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Following his speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival, HP CMO Michael Mendenhall sat down with Maria Bartiromo of CNBC to talk about the global trends underlying the biggest challenges for society and business. In particular, they discussed examples that point towards IT becoming the most valuable resource for addressing these challenges (you can also see the slides from Michael’s presentation at the bottom of this post):
Secular trends driving change on a global scale:
- Population growth: worldwide population grows 20% to 7.8 billion by 2025
- Urbanization: a new Beijing is built every other month as 60 million people move to cities annually
- Information explosion: information doubles every 4 years, digital content doubles every 18 months
Given that context, Michael says that the infrastructure put in place over the last 100 years won’t be able to support the next 100 years of growth, and that IT can create an intelligent, sustainable infrastructure that supports the demands of a globalized population. To that point, energy, healthcare, and education are areas of focus for HP:
Energy: The 3rd largest water and sewer utility in the US is using new HP tech to monitor consumption every 5 minutes
Health care: Although 65% of medical records are paper-based, HP has demonstrated at St. Olav’s hospital in Norway that combining advances in areas like mobility and software can dramatically increase the quality of care. There, patients access information on bedside thin clients and doctors and nurses share information securely through personal mobile devices like notebook computers.
Education: HP is partnering with UNESCO to build the first cloud infrastructure for universities in Africa.
You can find more examples, as well as a related video, in Michael’s slides here: