Every Organ Will Have an IP Address

While attending the CHIME Fall CIO forum conference, I had the great opportunity to hear Jay Walker, Curator and Chariman of TedMed, speak at a great event hosted by Xerox. In his talk, Jay talked a lot about the future of healthcare. He offered a lot of forward looking insights into how healthcare is going to change and I’m sure I’ll reference many of his comments in future blog posts. However, he offered one comment that was so descriptive that I don’t think anyone that heard it will ever forget it. He said (paraphrased):

What will it mean when every organ has its own IP address? And every organ will have its own IP address. It’s not that far off.

I later learned that there are some people working on this. As we head into the weekend, I’m not going to offer much commentary on this. Just chew on it a little bit. Roll it around in your head. Dwell on the “impossible” for a little while. What does this mean for healthcare?

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

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  • […] In health care, a major application could be in patient monitoring. Marketplace has quoted Dr. Anthony Jones of Philips Healthcare on the possibilities: ”If I now have a continuous monitor, and I have that data going up into a central repository, I can write algorithms and put some intelligence into that repository that allows me to look for trends. So part of what the Internet of things will allow is much more sophisticated, much more continuous monitoring.” Sounds a bit like what John described in his post “Every Organ Will Have an IP Address.” […]

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