Instructor: Aleksi Aaltonen, Section 002

Sean Patrick Doyle

CVS Deal With Aetna Changes Healthcare

After a relatively long amount of time, CVS Health Corp is expected to close it’s purchase of Aetna later this month. The company has only recently won approval to purchase Aetna and is expecting to merge Aetna into it’s existing infrastructure. By merging these two giants, we can expect to see a reshaped healthcare sector as it combines one of the largest pharmaceutical providers with one of the oldest health insurers. After learning about disruptive innovations in class, this article seemed to fit as it is combining two companies in the same general field but not specific sector allowing for a more aligned, over arching company. With the combination, CVS could start offering anything from screenings to preventative care services in it’s clinics for customers with Aetna health insurance. Compared to other healthcare insurances, the combination of convenience and reputation that both bring to the table could disrupt the entire healthcare industry.

The future of Automobiles

According to recent reports, we could soon see fully self-driving on U.S. roads. The Trump administration has been saying that it is considering allowing real-world testing for thousands of fully self-driving cars to allow for companies to start gathering more accurate real-world data for when the real push for self-driving cars occurs. Cars used in the program are said to need technology that monitors speed and sensor functionality as well as the ability to fully disable the car if it needed according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA is also working on figuring out if it wants to make data available to the public that could contain sensitive information such as near misses. The Trump administration is also looking to revise safety rules to allow different types of cars to be allowed so automakers can design cars that don’t have pieces like a steering wheel or mirrors as the cars will be handling everything.

If this program goes through, it will open up a huge job market for people looking to work as a technical employee. With relatively low amounts of data and experience, this field would surely be an interesting one to get into especially as someone coming out of college. While there are still barriers in place including the senate as well as local and state government approval, the future is bright for self-driving cars.

Big Data Rapidly Advancing Patient Care

Healthcare is one of society’s slowest moving fields. From drug approval to new techniques, the process of bringing an idea to fruition in the healthcare industry can take anywhere from a few years to decades. By integrating big data into health systems, we can continuously update our knowledge base  in order to speed up the process of integrating new knowledge into practice. Recent;y the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Learning Health Sciences has been using this concept and transforming biomedical knowledge into digital forms accessible to anyone. By creating these forms, the department has created a digital library that they call they Knowledge Grid which is capable of using mass amounts of information to generate patient-specific advice. While big data isn’t necessarily the first technological aspect you’d that would come to mind while thinking about the healthcare field, big data has a huge potential to improve the field. Considering the fact that healthcare providers are sitting on tons of personal health information for every patient they’ve ever had, if healthcare companies can properly utilize big data, the possible advancements in patient care are enormous.