I've been busy working on the launch of IBM's Smarter Planet mega-strategy, which seeks to help the world build the next generation of intelligent infrastructure for everything from transportation and energy grids to supply chains and complex systems such as healthcare.
To that end I've set up A Smart Planet on Tumblr (which I like as a more spontaneous and multimedia approach to blogging) and just wanted to share a couple of examples of how this smarter planet meme, which intersects with fronts such as wireless sensor systems, ubiquitous and wearable computing, as well as the promise of marrying this new "Web Wide World" to powerful supercomputing, presumably delivered via cloud-based services.
I just added to examples of how the "Internet of Things" -- trillions of devices, sensors and smart objects -- relates to healthcare innovation.
For example, Bodymedia has developed different wearable products to help people manage their weight and overall health. Similarly, Intel just announced a laptop-style device for connecting patients and caregivers electronically.
Of course, these are only representative of the deeper meaning of how Smarter Planet can address healthcare challenges with new computing and innovation models across many different fronts, such as using social networks for biosurvelliance, or mobile phones for natural disaster alerting and response.
In fact,it's pretty clear that the future of healthcare is deeply connected to a blend of technological and intellectual innovation, and I will try to rededicate and refocus Healthnex to reflect this direction.
Towit, I'll leave you with this clip on Wireless Sensor Networks: Opportunities in Healthcare, by Kris Pister, found of "smart dust" startup Dust Networks.