Innovation Inc: The telemedicine push and how the digital era will impact businesses and consumers
The digital era is officially here. And companies that haven't begun investing in their own
It can be easy to miss as the world is overcome by a virus that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and a historic civil rights movement that is forcing society to grapple with decades of systemic racism. But the transformation is already happening before our eyes.
For example, many of the physical interactions we had been so accustomed to are now rapidly being replaced by technology that, until this point, had struggled to reach mass adoption.Take Boston Scientific, a 41-year-old medical device manufacturer. Like other
Prior to the outbreak, many patients, doctors, and insurers still viewed telemedicine with skeptical eyes. Now, Boston Scientific's chief digital health officer thinks it could replace up to 80% of the nearly 884 million in-person physician visits each year.And the company is quickly changing its focus to prepare for that. An augmented-reality-powered application, for example, can superimpose an expert's hand over a user's real-world view to help them set-up new products or even oversee the insertion of devices like pacemakers and catheters. That's just one example of the many to come as emerging technology like automation,
Below are a few other stories from around the newsroom that highlight society's ongoing digital transformation.
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