I’ve written before about the awe-inspiring pace at which technology creates extraordinary new possibilities in our lives—from the incredible speed with which we now communicate to how we can tap veritable seas of quick services and information at any moment.
We see the benefits in the health care world, too—whether this is in how we harness technology to produce better health care processes and outcomes or to help us solve some of the most vexing problems in medicine.
At Johns Hopkins, we are constantly innovating in our mission to improve the health of the world. And to better encourage our staff to tap new technologies, we also proactively communicate about tech advancements—both small and grand in scope—that could help make us more efficient and equip us with more meaningful information.
One article in our publication Insight, for instance, shows how a bedside app is helping patients and their families while in intensive care units. The app offers the option to enter personal profiles so that caregivers can better know their patients. It also provides a place to enter care goals and a list of recommended activities for family members to help their loved ones.
Another Q and A in the same issue explores systems that help Johns Hopkins Medicine staff members manage their many projects.
There are myriad developments, like these, that make our daily interactions and experiences more efficient—more personalized. Then there are those that, just a few short years ago, may have seemed unimaginable.
Take, for example, the recently built Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center at Johns Hopkins. This center, which is at the forefront of the big data revolution in health care, is the largest high-performance, academic computing center in the mid-Atlantic. This enormous processing power could allow researchers unprecedented insights into human health through data analysis—from profound understanding of genetic activity to digital heart simulations that are accurate down to the molecular level. And that’s just the beginning.
Today, such incredible advancements seem to happen constantly and continue to help us all lead more enriched, longer lives.