July 22nd, 2016
By Stuart McGuigan, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Technology is transforming just about every industry—and healthcare is one of the most exciting new frontiers. If your current digital healthcare experience is a fun fitness app on your smartphone, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Unprecedented opportunities exist for technology to make a real difference in the health of people around the world. And, in doing so, technology is also poised to help stem rising healthcare costs.
I recently had the opportunity to speak at the Global ICT Summit in Tokyo, an annual event sponsored by Nikkei Inc. and Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications that focuses on new technology trends. Japan was a fitting setting for a discussion about healthcare technology, given that its citizens enjoy the world’s longest life expectancy.
But as senior citizens around the world work to stay healthy and active, many of them must also manage chronic diseases. In the U.S. alone, 86% of all healthcare spending in 2010 went to people with one or more chronic medical conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So finding better and more cost-efficient ways to deliver and manage those medical resources is a key need worldwide—and a top focus area at Johnson & Johnson.