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Using Big Healthcare Data to Accelerate Medical Discovery
CXO Insights
19 July 2016 | CIO Review
by Marzieh Nabi, PARC

"The promise of big healthcare data is set to significantly pick up the pace, kicking off a new age of intelligent medicine,” says Marzieh Nabi, PARC Research Scientist and Technical Lead.

 

Smart Cities Improve the Health of Their Citizens
27 June 2016 | Forbes.com
by Mike Steep and Marzieh Nabi, PARC

Smart cities hold the promise to potentially make urban areas more efficient, more secure, and even more, um, health conscious?

Of course, the ultimate goal of any smart city is to improve urban infrastructures while minimizing costs, foster innovation in different industries, and improve the quality of life for its citizens. But, can smart cities actually improve our health?

 

Radio Interview -- From Dr. Google, to Dr. Facebook, and Beyond...
17 June 2013 | ABC Radio (Australia)
by Dr. Norman Swan

"Do you ever go online to search for symptoms you’re experiencing? It’s a trend known colloquially as Dr Google.

For Ashwin Ram, Dr. Google is just a step on the path to future healthcare. Ashwin is the Chief Innovation Officer for Augmented Social Cognition at PARC, in Silicon Valley."

 

Xerox Innovation Day at PARC
9 March 2013 | Health 2.0 News
by Kim Krueger

"Xerox and PARC have been on the cutting edge of innovation since the beginning: ethernet and laser printing are just two of their achievements. Now, they are well positioned to take advantage of their data handling services and analytics to develop and deploy a new set of value-added services. If Wednesday’s peek inside was any indication, we can expect to see the tradition of innovation continue at PARC and Xerox."

 

PARC Hard at Work to Solve Problems in Health Care, Batteries, Traffic
8 March 2013 | eWeek
by Chris Preimesberger

"PARC this week reminded everyone what an innovator it is. The lab, nestled in the Palo Alto, Calif., foothills, on March 6 gave reporters a look into diverse projects that it is working on and that will reach the market in a few years, such as long-living batteries, on-demand downtown parking and digital health care-assistant devices." 

 

Healthcare's Often Missing Element - The Human Element
2 August 2012 | Forbes
by Dan Munro

"In an effort to help providers to maximize the value of an EHR, Xerox turned to researchers at the venerable PARC (a company that Xerox spun-off about 10 years ago) as a way to explore the landscape of innovation around EHRs...

These large scale connections (Xerox, ACS, Allscripts) combined with the innovation engines of companies like PARC and The Breakaway Group represent an exciting development. It’s where innovation – including the human element – meets scale – in healthcare. PARC’s influence is still relatively early – and most clearly represents the opportunity around that human element. [PARC CEO] Steve Hoover summarized it best..."

 

Only 26 Percent of Americans Want Electronic Medical Records...
When it comes to healthcare, are Americans resistant to change?
31 July 2012 | release
by Xerox

"'A big part of PARC’s healthcare work for Xerox is using ethnography and other social science methods to observe and analyze actual work practices – not just what people say they do,' said Steve Hoover, CEO, PARC, a Xerox company. 'If there’s one thing that this survey tells us, coupled with our own experiences, it’s that you should never develop or deploy technology outside of the human context.'"

 

...Simplifying The Patient Care Process By Improving Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology.
31 July 2012 | The Street

"Americans routinely use electronic files to manage their finances, communicate with friends and family and even take college courses – but when it comes to medical records – only 26 percent want them digital. The findings come from the third annual Electronic Health Records (EHR) online survey of 2,147 U.S. adults, conducted for Xerox by Harris Interactive in May 2012...

To help caregivers do more with this patient information, Xerox is working with researchers at PARC to explore EHRs as a gateway to a variety of healthcare innovation possibilities. The resulting technology tools will simplify back-office and front-line processes, reduce errors, and free up caregivers to spend more time and attention on day-to-day patient care."

 

Cassidy: PARC still in the business of innovation 10 years after Xerox spinoff
12 July 2012 | San Jose Mercury News
by Mike Cassidy

"PARC, once known as Xerox PARC, was spun out as a subsidiary of Xerox in 2002. For the past decade it's been responsible for its own bottom line, and it's been expected to turn a profit. It was a change from the days that PARC served one master: Xerox. Now, Hoover says, less than half the lab's work is for Xerox; the rest involves projects for other companies and government agencies. …PARC's independence means that its 180 scientists and technologists can't simply come up with ideas that are world-shattering, mind-bending and brilliant. A good portion of them have to be things that PARC and companies working with PARC can sell -- and in the near-term. Profit vs. blue-sky research: It's one of the oldest balancing acts among the research lab crowd.

...All that said, Hoover is determined to make sure that PARC researchers keep reaching for the next big thing that nobody has thought of yet. Yes, the lab has identified core areas that guide its research, including health and wellness, big data, cleantech, printed electronics, networking and innovation services. But, Hoover says, as much as 25 percent of its research investments are spent on projects outside the core areas, allowing scientists to stumble onto unforeseen breakthroughs."