From the PalmPilot to Doom Scrolling to Remote Patient Monitoring: What an Unexpected Path of Technology

This week we're delving into some new technology, and some not so new. New AI is moving Remote Patient Monitoring into the mainstream. Meanwhile, your 2002 PalmPilot has found a new home alongside IMAX cameras. And should we be worrying about our doom scrolling habits? Yes, we probably should.

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Welcome to the July 23 edition of The Digest.

When first invented, the internet was supposed to be the new American Frontier, the ultimate repository for information.

We can have any question imaginable answered at the click of a button now, but are we digesting it? Not really, most filler content has become “ambient information”, something mind-numbing to put on when we’re bored. There is a significant gap between the rich information we are taking in and what we are retaining. It makes me curious, are we regressing in what we know and care about? Link.

Remote Patient Monitoring is trending, big time.

A new AI tool developed by Eaton Corporation is combining sensor-based technology and energy-based data to track ambient household activity and alert caregivers to any potentially concerning habits. From CEO Andrew Zengilowski: “By alerting the provider via RPM, more frequent interventions, especially for higher-risk patients being seen by specialists, may decrease emergency room visits, complications and late diagnoses with more severe health concerns and consequences.” Link.

Nokia isn’t the only device from the past that’s still around.

Why would IMAX, a technically advanced company known for their high-resolution cameras, film formats, projectors and theaters, still be using a PalmPilot, technology that defined 2002? It works. And why fix it if it's not broken? At least, that's what IMAX CEO's are asking. Link.