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Healthcare in the Cloud: How Technology is Changing Healthcare

Healthcare in the Cloud

The latest developments in data and computing are starting to have a transformational effect on the healthcare industry. This infographic deals specifically with cloud computing and accessing patient records, but it is even more than that.

Wearable technology and apps, for instance, will be interfaced with the cloud to allow users to provide and interpret important data in real-time. Blood sugar, heart rates, temperature, and other important diagnostics can be taken and compared against millions of other patients. People living with chronic disease will be able to much better monitor their health, and people focused on preventative measures will have many new ways to interface with their bodies.

This two-way information exchange also allows patients and doctors to communicate better with one another. Patient diagnostics are being sent in real-time to doctors, but the practitioner could “push” notifications back. For example, recommending less sugar intake.

Doctors and medical practitioners will be able to have access to mountains of new data, with insights produced through big data. This will allow for more accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Hospitals and clinics will be able to save money on managing their data, which will decrease costs significantly and allow them to focus efforts in more important places.

New technologies, including healthcare in the cloud, have big potential for investors as well. Venture Capitalists are now putting billions of dollars into such investments each year now, well up from around $343 million in 2010.

Original graphic from: MBA Healthcare Management?

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This sea change can be attributed to multiple factors, ranging from medical advances to greater gender equity. But generally speaking, as more women gain an education and enter the workforce, they’re delaying motherhood and often having fewer children in the process.

Today’s interactive data visualization was put together by Bo McCready, the Director of Analytics at KIPP Texas. Using numbers from Our World in Data, it depicts the changes in the world’s fertility rate—the average number of children per woman—spanning from the beginning of the 20th century to present day.

A Demographic Decline

The global fertility rate fell from 5.25 children per woman in 1900, to 2.44 children per woman in 2018. The steepest drop in this shift happened in a single decade, from 1970 to 1980.

In the interactive graphic, you’ll see graphs for 200 different countries and political entities showing their total fertility rate (FTR) over time. Here’s a quick summary of the countries with the highest and lowest FTRs, as of 2017:

Top 10 Countries Fertility rate Bottom 10 Countries Fertility Rate
🇳🇪 Niger 7.13 🇹🇼 Taiwan 1.22
🇸🇴 Somalia 6.08 🇲🇩 Moldova 1.23
🇨🇩 Democratic Republic of Congo 5.92 🇵🇹 Portugal 1.24
🇲🇱 Mali 5.88 🇸🇬 Singapore 1.26
🇹🇩 Chad 5.75 🇵🇱 Poland 1.29
🇦🇴 Angola 5.55 🇬🇷 Greece 1.3
🇧🇮 Burundi 5.53 🇰🇷 South Korea 1.33
🇺🇬 Uganda 5.41 🇭🇰 Hong Kong 1.34
🇳🇬 Nigeria 5.39 🇨🇾 Cyprus 1.34
🇬🇲 Gambia 5.29 🇲🇴 Macao 1.36

At a glance, the countries with the highest fertility are all located in Africa, while several Asian countries end up in the lowest fertility list.

The notable decade of decline in average global fertility can be partially traced back to the actions of the demographic giants China and India. In the 1970s, China’s controversial “one child only” policy and India’s state-led sterilization campaigns caused sharp declines in births for both countries. Though they hold over a quarter of the world’s population today, the effects of these government decisions are still being felt.

Population Plateau, or Cliff?

The overall decline in fertility rates isn’t expected to end anytime soon, and it’s even expected to fall past 2.1 children per woman, which is known as the “replacement rate”. Any fertility below this rate signals fewer new babies than parents, leading to an eventual population decline.

Experts predict that world fertility will further drop from 2.5 to 1.9 children per woman by 2100. This means that global population growth will slow down or possibly even go negative.

Africa will continue to be the only region with significant growth—consistent with the generous fertility rates of Nigeria, the DRC, and Angola. In fact, the continent is expected to house 13 of the world’s largest megacities, as its population expands from 1.3 billion to 4.3 billion by 2100.

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