In a 2002 Forrester research brief, Michael Barrett et al. defined Healthcare Unbound as: "Technology in, on, and around the body that free care from formal institutions." Just as the technology boom in the 20th century centralized the delivery of medical care to specialized facilities, technology in the 21st century, the authors argue, will unbind healthcare delivery from the institutional setting.
Technology enthusiasts and early adopters alike will find that a tantalizing agenda (in pdf) is set for an upcoming conference (like tomorrow) in Cambridge, Mass bearing this catchy Forrester phrase. The subject of the conference is, as one would expect, the unbinding of healthcare from the institutional setting or "…the convergence of the consumer and healthcare technologies."
How about the summary of Robin A. Felder’s keynote address:
“HEALTHCARE IN THE FUTURE–PASSIVE SMART HOUSE MONITORING COUPLED WITH GENETIC AND PROTEOMIC PROFILING FOR DISEASE DETECTION AND MANAGEMENT
Genetic single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) can be used to predict monogenic diseases. Recently, the use of SNP panels have proven useful for predicting complex diseases such as hypertension (elevated blood pressure). Once a positive predictive value has been obtained, continuous monitoring of quality of life and physiologic parameters in the home can be useful in detecting the earliest onset of disease. We have developed a genetic panel for screening for the propensity for hypertension as well as passive monitoring technology for elders in their home in order to demonstrate the utility of this new health care delivery paradigm.”
Robin Felder is Professor of Pathology, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center & Director of the Medical Automation Research Center (MARC).
Here is the citation for the Forrester brief I mentioned above:
Michael J. Barrett, Bradford J. Holmes, Sara E. McAulay. "Healthcare Unbound." Forrester. Dec 17 2002. Available online (with free registration) here.