At a conference, a couple months back, I was sitting a half dozen rows from the stage where a panel of speakers were discussing trends in the ecommerce marketplace. While I am sure that the 60-year-old, non-profit MedicAlert Foundation isn’t the first organization that comes to your mind when you think of ecommerce, tens of thousands of new members choose a MedicAlert ID and enroll through our website each year.
MedicAlert is innovating how information can be made available in safe and secure ways during an emergency, but that might not mean what you think it does. The future will probably bring acceptance and greater adoption of technologies like biometrics, RFID, or even QR codes. We definitely see a future of a “smarter” MedicAlert ID. However, innovating for better outcomes today can mean creating new and better ways to connect MedicAlert information with the people responsible for our members’ care within current, available systems.
Innovation is more than a buzzword in the health industry, it’s the only path forward. Every element of the healthcare experience will change with the development of technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), virtual or augmented reality, higher and higher speed data connections, and accurate wearable devices. Data flowing from thousands and thousands of sources funneling into AI built to create predictive modeling will allow for earlier diagnosis and preventative measures to many of the health problems we face today.