Moore's Law

Moore’s Law Will Continue to Impact Medicine and Healthcare

Moore’s Law is an observation made in 1965  by Gordon Moore, Intel’s co-founder,  that the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit, approximately doubles every 18 months.

Now, grab a cup of coffee, and read, a few times,  the following passage from our good friend, Wiki:

“The capabilities of many digital electronic devices are strongly linked to Moore’s law: processing speedmemory capacity, sensors and even the number and size of pixels in digital cameras.   All of these are improving at (roughly) exponential rates as well. This exponential improvement has dramatically enhanced the impact of digital electronics in nearly every segment of the world economy.

That is a very profound statement, which, in three sentences, conveys why there will be even further changes in Healthcare, an industry that is ripe for change.  And, changes will come rapidly, and continuously, and the huge datas sets to be generated need to be effectively harnessed, and utilized.

Progress, however, as Dr. Moore stated that it could not go lower than the size of an atom.  That turn of events will not likely occur during our lifetimes.

There will be further discoveries, exponentially increasing , of  information from imaging, biosensors, and genome sequencing of the human body.

The number of medical devices and applications in the future will proceed at an almost breakneck speed.

There may not be, across the board improvements in all machines, but very definitely will be a steep an upward trend in technology of probably all devices and applications  in Internet Medicine.


A Dissenting Opinion

Main Reasons:

1) Regulatory oversight that is completely focussed on compliance. “It discourages risk-taking and innovation,” Deane said.

2)  Health care doesn’t have the same financial reward system. Facebook isn’t about to pay $1 billion for the latest hot-ticket item in imaging and informatics

3)  “Security always trumps information sharing, and so better, faster linkages are constrained because of security concerns, most of which are bogus.”



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