Telemedicine as good as live

Telemedicine visits seen as effective as in-person

Telemedicine and remote doctor visits are particularly valuable in rural communities, where access to certain highly skilled providers is limited. In this free whitepaper, a recent study of patients at Mercy Children’s Hospital network determined that for children with Asthma, telemedicine visits proved as effective as in-person visits. TechRepublic

dis-rup-shun: Telemedicine will keep many rural hospitals in business despite their lack of diverse specialists at the local hospital. It is exciting to see telehealth working, providing people with quick, local access to care even if provided locally with the help of a distant specialist. The industry urgently needs more clinical data to confirm the success of telehealth and more case studies are needed to accelerate the new care models that will dominate our society in a few short years. Connecting to care specialist remotely will become the norm for people living in large cities as well as rural areas, a shift that will improve the economics and slow the rising costs of care while providing better experiences for patients.

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon cloud contract

The JEDI contract, short for Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, is a Department of Defensive initiate potentially worth $10 billion over ten years. The initiative is a significant computing upgrade for Defense, moving military operations to the latest cloud technology. Market leader AWS lost the deal to Microsoft’s Azure service. Some state that the decision was influenced by President Trump’s bumpy relationship with Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, a newspaper known for criticism of the President. CNBC

dis-rup-shun: Microsoft is on a strong run, with a number of victories for CEO Nadella and team. Amazon’s own success has fueled a number of Microsoft’s wins, most notably a significant cloud contract from Walmart, Amazon’s arch rival, and FedEx, two competitors to Amazon. Once considered an ‘evil empire’ for its dominance over the personal computing industry, Microsoft is now viewed as a humble, highly competent player, with Google, Facebook, Amazon and even Apple seen as the controversial bullies of BigTech.

Samsung’s modular TVs fit custom sizes and spaces

In its sponsored video series on new technologies, BestBuy with Gizmodo explains what is a modular TV and why it is unique. Modular TVs are bezel-less 8K TVs that can be fashioned into different sizes according to spaces and custom requirements.

dis-rup-shun: TVs in homes and, of course, in digital signage applications are about to get much more interesting, with entire TV walls replacing big TVs hanging in prominent places. As odd shaped panels appear in interesting spaces, new applications will arise to curate video content, which will remain in a letterbox format, to intermix TV and movie content with video content to fill in the gaps. Consumers will design the content layout of video walls, overlaying a rectangular NFL game over a virtual aquarium, for example. Control applications will turn consumers into video program directors, making playing with big screens that much more fun.

NASA building new rover to find water on the Moon

The VIPER rover is a small vehicle that will explore the dark south pole of the Moon where the presence of ice crystals has been confirmed in prior explorations. The VIPER will drill samples in the Moon’s surface when sensors determine it is near water. The craft is scheduled to begin work in 2022 and will be conveyed to the Moon by one of the commercial space companies vying for NASA contracts. TechCrunch

dis-rup-shun: Plans for locating, drilling, pumping, storing and maybe even purifying Lunar water has implications for many industries. Who will be the water utility for the Moon? A cadre of contractors will be required to help NASA get into the water business, and consortia consisting of aerospace companies along with hydro engineering companies, pipe and pump companies will all compete for future contracts. New interest in the Moon and space will direct millions of dollars to space technology companies.

Samsung’s The Wall is 146 inch TV

Samsung’s “The Wall” 146 inch TV now installed

Southern California video company Just One Touch/Video & Audio completed the first U.S. in-home installation of Samsung’s giant wall panel MicroLED TV. The price of the installation was not disclosed, but several more are scheduled for a movie star, hotel and a mega yacht. CEPro

dis-rup-shun: This giant wall TV will be a big hit in 2020 as news will travel fast that it is possible to own the largest TV made. Other manufacturers will follow quickly and high-end homes will feature media rooms that, instead of having a big built-in TV, will have a complete wall covered, top to bottom, side to side, by TV.

Some doctors getting licensed in all states to prepare for telemedicine

Insurance companies have begun to cover remote medical care, or telemedicine, which means that you can have a video chat with a doctor who may live in a state across the country from where you live. The telehealth business will be worth $130 billion by 2025. In order to offer a comprehensive telemedicine business, doctors must be licensed in all states that may call the doctor. CNBC

dis-rup-shun: Telemedicine will be the norm, not the exception, for doctor visits within several year’s time. Use of doctors’ services will actually increase when you don’t have to wait for the office to open, try to find a convenient appointment time, drive across town, sit in the waiting room and eventually see the doctor. Doctors who are getting licensed in all 50 states are likely on their way to developing mega-practices, and it is likely that the future of medical practices will be a small number of giant doctor corporations (think of national and regional banks) and plenty of small specialists whose trade will continue to require local, in-person visits. The changes will be rough on doctors, but will help them find business models that continue to reward them well for their expertise.

Nature-as-a-service may have positive effects on workers

Monthly plant subscription businesses such as Horti that deliver a plant a month, can have positive impacts on moods and productivity. Some studies indicate an increase in worker output when surrounded by natural elements. Wired

dis-rup-shun: The subscription/rental economy, with cars, rooms, homes and pools available for om demand, makes having a little nature in life easy and affordable. Millennials who seem averse to ownership, can have a new plant each month and not worry about the permanence of trying to raise one or two houseplants for years to come. Kill it and no sweat, another plant is sent to you next month and you can start over.

Nomad Base Station Pro offers charging surface

The Nomad Pro is the surface charger that Apple delivered then discontinued. The device charges up to three devices at once, all at a charging speed of 5W — not the fastest speed, but adequate. The Nomad station, however, does not support charging for the Apple Watch. TechCrunch

dis-rup-shun: Surface charging has been slow to catch on, but offers a great alternative to cord hunting. Charging surfaces built into car consoles are a great accessory, and desks at work should have a built in charging surface, preferably that looks the same as the desktop itself. Expect smart counter tops and work surfaces at home and in the office to be chargers, as more and more of our personal communications devices will require charging at all different times of day.