Our health, and our
very lives, depends on
our ability to adapt
Staying ahead of a rapidly changing
system by helping to lead it
WRITTEN BY SCOTT ROLLANS
Reg Joseph has a front-row seat forchange in healthcare.
Until recently the vice president ofHealth for Alberta Innovates, Josephoften compares changes in healthcare tobanking. He’s old enough to rememberwhen everyone carried a bank book, withhandwritten records of every transaction.Now, a few decades later, you candeposit a cheque with your phone. Youcan manage your entire portfolio fromyour desktop.
If anything, Joseph says, the paceof change in healthcare is even moredizzying. And, right now, we’re on thethreshold of the biggest transformationyet.
“Look, data is going to revolutionizethe health world,” Joseph insists. Reamsof data are being captured all around us,he adds, from electronic health recordsto personal devices such as Fitbits andphones.
Emerging technologies let us combine
and evaluate data from countless
sources. “We can make sense of that, look
for patterns, and look for correlations.
And, we don’t have to change the way
we have collected the data or the data
sets. That’s a real advantage.”
Joseph sees a day, in the near future,
when doctors can track our health data
in real time.
“We’re moving away from a systemwhere you and I give a blood sampleand get a recommendation three monthsdown the road, and moving to havinga continuous monitoring system andfine-tuning the therapeutic regimen.Customizing it to our needs. We aredynamic, living individuals who