March 25, 2016 § Leave a comment
By Russell Hargraves, Karolyn A. Schalk, Sumit Patel, Matthew Grosso and Joseph D. Mostowy
With the Global Diabetes Care Market estimated to reach $122 Billion by 2022, Cognitive computing, Cloud technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are poised to enable the Diabetic patient population to achieve a better quality of life and outcomes by delivering personalized nutritional information.
As a society we are facing significant health problems. The United States ranks ninth in life expectancy among nations in the developed world. We have a workforce plagued with absenteeism and reduced productivity because of chronic health problems. 78 percent of healthcare expenditures are for the treatment of chronic diseases. (http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/28/1/64.full) Our diets are a key contributing factor in these issues, in part do to a lack of focus and balance of nutrients. Cognitive computing, Cloud technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are beginning to influence our daily lives, diets, health and wellness. With the emergence of Cognitive personalized services entering the global marketplace like (Diet-as-a-Service) these programs are beginning to enable, educate, and empower employees, patients, customers, family, and individuals to achieve a sustainable optimized diet based on the individuals person health profile, wellness goals and genetic makeup. Today, there are many medical conditions which require patients to be on special diets. With more than 29 million people in the United States having diabetes, one in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it. Another 86 million adults – more than one in three U.S. adults – have prediabetes. Presenting an opportunity for the emerging cognitive culture to embrace Cognitive Health and Wellness services delivering personalized nutritional information for Diabetics and other chronic diseases. In many cases, not following a diet prescribed for a medical condition can lead to a severe health crisis. Cognitive enabled Health and Wellness services can offer everyone personalized nutritional recommendations based on their health history, personal goals and genetics. These services provide evidence-based diet information and advise so people can improve their overall eating patterns including the complete combination of foods and drinks in their new Cognitive Life diet. We have tremendous opportunity as a culture to help everyone globally live a better life.
Today, IBM Chef Watson with Bon Appetit is currently pioneering a new era of cooking that helps Chefs discover and create original, totally unique recipes with help of flavor compound algorithms. The opportunity to align this work with the dietary needs of patients and health conscious consumers worldwide presents some exciting possibilities. (http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/how-ibm-chef-watson-works)
With “Diabetes affecting 382 million people worldwide, and that number expected to grow to 592 million by 2035 – we have a tremendous challenge and opportunity in front of us as a culture. (https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/-/global-economic-impact-of-diabetes-revealed-in-new-study)
With Cognitive computing, Cloud technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) our generation has a unique opportunity to improve healthcare outcomes and global quality of life for patients and consumers worldwide.