Health : Healthcare :: Learning : Education

With the advent of open education resources, social networking technologies and new pedagogies for online and blended learning, we are in the early stages of a significant disruption in current models of education. ‘Learning’ is beginning to peel away from ‘Education’ as a separate market, with its own set of opportunities and challenges for practitioners, technologists, and entrepreneurs. While ‘education’ is driven by schools, colleges, and governments, ‘learning’ focuses on empowering the individual to take charge of their learning.

Interestingly, a similar phenomenon is occurring in healthcare, fueled by the confluence of similar trends and technologies: open health resources, social networking technologies and new methodologies for consumer engagement. ‘Health’ is starting to emerge as a separate and disruptive market, with its own opportunities and challenges. While ‘healthcare’ is driven by providers, payers, and governments, ‘health’ focuses on empowering the consumer to take charge of their health and wellness. 

In this talk, I discuss recent trends in these two industries, explain why they are analogous, and discuss opportunities for user experience, big data, analytics and social capital research. I provide examples of social, mobile, and game technologies that are creating the disruption, and highlight key research challenges that are yet to be addressed.

Invited talk at UC Berkeley, iSchool “Thought Leaders in Data Science and Analytics”, April 11, 2012. 


4 responses to this post.

  1. Interesting topic. Are the slides available online?


    • Posted by cognitivecomputing on April 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Yes, embedded above. Not fully self-explanatory (as they’re intended to support the talk, not be the talk) but c’est la vie 🙂


  2. Posted by Atul V. Minocha on April 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Well said! Would love to see the talk – video, transcript or talking points.

    BTW, there’s another similarity between these two parallels: The “beneficiary” is usually not the primary “payer” which, by itself, creates challenges of motivation, and possibilities of abuse and misuse.


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