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Health Tech Rebooting Society's Software, Hardware and Mindset

By Trond Undheim Copyright 2022
    230 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    230 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    230 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

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    Health Tech: Rebooting Society's Software, Hardware and Mindset fulfills the need for actionable insight on what’s truly driving change and how to become a changemaker, not just affected by it. The book introduces anybody who wishes to understand how global healthcare will change in the next decade to the key technologies, social dynamics, and systemic shifts that are shaping the future.

    Healthcare futurist, investor, and entrepreneur Trond Arne Undheim describes the complex history of public health, why it’s so complicated and what the major challenges are right now. He includes a discussion of COVID, why it happened, the cultural factors that have slowed down traditional public health measures, and how innovation can help. He also discusses what is happening in health systems around the world as a result of the pandemic. The book explores certain health tech measures, tools (basic medical devices gradually being upgraded and digitally enhanced), processes, and innovations that are already working well along with others that are in their infancy, such as AI, wearables, robotics, sensors, and digital therapeutics.

    The book describes the movers and shakers in the healthcare system of the future, from startups to patient and service providers, as well as the health challenges of our time, including pandemics, aging, preventive healthcare, and much more. The book concludes with a look at how health tech may bring about the biggest opportunity to transform healthcare for decades to come.

    Introduction. Why health tech is beginning to transform public health

    Chapter 1. The complex history of global public health tech innovation

    Chapter 2. Digital health tech: Telemedicine and AI, wearables, social media, digital therapeutics

    Chapter 3. Innovation actors of the next decade: industry turnarounds, startups, and patients

    Chapter 4. The Disruption of Healthcare

    Chapter 5. The grand health challenges of our time: pandemics, aging and preventive healthcare

    Chapter 6: The gargantuan global fight for interoperability

    Chapter 7: The mainstream sci-tech of vaccines and the counterculture of anti-vaxxers

    Chapter 8. Welltech-the opportunities and pitfalls of the natural wellness approach

    Chapter 9. System reboot in health governance

    Chapter 10. Conclusion. How to capture the health opportunity window to reboot



    Trond Arne Undheim, PhD, CEO of Yegii, is a Futurist, Podcaster, Investor, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Former Director of MIT Startup Exchange, currently helping organizations to deal with disruption (tech, health, society, workforce) at Yegii, Inc. Trond is a Venture Partner at Antler, the global VC firm and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council with a portfolio in artificial intelligence, future of work, data ethics, emerging technologies, and entrepreneurship. He has assisted with the launch of 50+ startups and tracks technology and disruption for a living as a founder of Yegii, Inc., the AI-enabled tech insight platform. A former MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer, WPP & Oracle executive and EU National Expert, he writes for Fortune and Cognoscenti and has been featured in print media and television. His previous books are Leadership From Below (Lulu Press, 2008), Disruption Games (Atmosphere Press, 2020), Pandemic Aftermath: How coronavirus changes global society (Atmosphere Press, 2020) and Future Tech (Kogan Page, forthcoming 2021). Trond holds a PhD on the future of work & AI/cognition. Connect with him on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/undheim), Twitter (@trondau) and https://trondundheim.com/

    "Health Tech: Rebooting Society's Software, Hardware and Mindset provides a historical context around the evolution of digital health technologies to better understand where we are heading next. As it also helps us peek into the near future of medicine and healthcare, it asks the right questions so we can make our own assumptions about what we expect from technologies in our care."

    Dr. Bertalan Meskó, Director of The Medical Futurist Institute

    "Trond Undheim brings a well-needed fresh perspective to the challenges surrounding the integration of technology into healthcare delivery. This book should be required reading for anyone who is embarking on the slippery journey of technology innovation as applied to healthcare."

    Dr. Joe Kvedar, Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, author, editor, advisor and telehealth evangelist

    "Simplicity is always an important goal to achieve innovation. Trond is a great synthesizer of insights and presents complex ideas clearly and concisely. One of the core ideas is that if we simplify the delivery of healthcare, we increase its overall impact. To do so requires rethinking who delivers care, what the technology looks like, and how we measure progress. Health Tech captures the pivotal moment where health tech innovation can transform the world if we can competently align incentives with value creation."

    Jeff Karp, Distinguished Chair in Clinical Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. Professor of Anesthesiology, Brigham, and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, principal faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, affiliate faculty at the Broad Institute and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

    "Health tech is a big part of the future of healthcare, and Trond Arne Undheim ranks among the foremost technologists that will make it happen. As a citizen concerned about how pandemics will change our world, you should not wait a minute more to read Health Tech: Rebooting Society's Software, Hardware and Mindset."

    Thomas Clozel, M.D., CEO & Co-founder, Owkin, the AI-powered life science company

    "… Trond Arne Undheim takes readers on a cutting-edge exploration, to understand what individuals can do now to prepare for the upcoming paradigm shift in the future of healthcare. Health Tech: Rebooting Society's Software, Hardware and Mindset also paves the way for the future of employment and includes specific calls to action! This book is a buzzer-beater for any entrepreneur looking to gain the insight and edge required to stay ahead!"

    Scott E. Burgess, Founder & CEO, Healthcare360, Media