The digital health market for self-care technologies (gadgets and tech-enabled services such as sensor-based activity trackers, wearable patches, mobile applications, and personal health devices) represented US$4 billion invested in 2014 and 95 companies acquired for more than US$20 billion. The adoption of these solutions by patients, especially by baby boomers, can make healthcare costs sustainable and improve patient care outcomes. Examples of self-care and mobile health solutions are substituting remote consultation for ER visits, self-care for remote consultation, or smartphone apps for remote and in-person consultation. In the near future, mobile health technologies will be pre-configured, loaded with data and delivered to boomers, as well as reimbursed by governments. Companies with access to people’s homes will incorporate sensors. Watches will replace clip-on wearables, and predictive analytics will be proven to improve care and avoid costs.
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The travelling salesman problem has always been hard to tackle. This is especially true for UPS, who operates tens of thousands of delivery trucks everyday. They're in-house developed ORION system (On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation) plots an optimal route for each delivery truck at the start of the day, and saves the company 100 million delivery miles, and the environment 100,000 metric tons of CO2. The next phase of ORION is to have routes dynamically updated throughout the day based on changing delivery requirements, weather, and traffic patterns.
Big data case study: How UPS is using analytics to improve performance | ZDNet
Find out how logistics company UPS is using data and analytics in a number of key projects.
Honda is well-known for its focus on quality. The Japanese manufacturing giant gathers customer feedback on car performance and defects from dealers around the world and leverages IBM Watson's NLP capabilities to go through the text, find themes, and visualize them in a way that is easy for executives in head office to interpret. This helps Honda know where to focus it's quality efforts.