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Keeping up with Emerging Technologies 
Evolving Terminology for Emerging Technologies
Comments? Questions? Revisions?  Mary Chitty
Last revised July 09, 2019

The top challenge in the Dec 2013 Pharmaceutical & Health Technologies Division PHTD member survey was “keeping up with new technologies”.  This is a daunting task. What are your go-to websites, blogs, RSS feeds, software and/or apps? Who are thought leaders that you seek out? Technologies” is a broad term covering a diverse range of topics such as “big data”, cloud computing, nanomedicine and 3D (and 4D) printing. Perhaps the biggest challenge of all is crafting targeted and tailored search strategies to yield a manageable information flow.  The following are some resources I’ve found useful.  Look forward to comparing notes and strategies. Mary Chitty 

CIMIT Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology  Accelerating the healthcare innovation cycle by facilitating collaboration among experts through the development and implementation of novel solutions to improve patient care.


Data Science@ NIH

Emerging Technologies Librarian  Patricia Anderson, University of Michigan  Health Sciences Libraries

European Medicines Agency (EMD) EMD Innovation Task Force: ITF is a multidisciplinary group that includes scientific, regulatory and legal competences. It was set up to ensure coordination across the European Medicines Agency and to provide a forum for early dialogue with applicants.

Gartner hype cycles  Gartner Hype Cycles provide a graphic representation of the maturity and adoption of technologies and applications, and how they are potentially relevant to solving real business problems and exploiting new opportunities.  

H@cking Medicine, Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship  Some areas of healthcare are not hackable and must prove efficacy down a traditional plodding path. However, health professionals and engineers can accelerate medical innovation across many diseases and institutions by applying techniques from high technology to healthcare.  Borrowing philosophies from Silicon Valley and MIT for rapid product design, lean startup methodologies, workflow re-engineering, novel data collection, big data analysis, and info publishing can have powerful effects in healthcare.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement For more than 25 years, we have convened the best and the brightest to find solutions to widespread health care problems that seem intractable.

NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K)  The biomedical research enterprise is increasingly becoming data-intensive and data-driven. However, the ability of researchers to locate, analyze, and use Big Data (and more generally all biomedical and behavioral data) is often limited for reasons related to access to relevant software and tools, expertise, and other factors. BD2K aims to develop the new approaches, standards, methods, tools, software, and competencies that will enhance the use of biomedical Big Data by supporting research, implementation, and training in data science and other relevant fields.

NIH Common Fund, Office of Strategic Coordination – The Common Fund    High risk high reward research that supports cross-cutting, trans-NIH programs that require participation by at least two NIH Institutes or Centers (ICs), or would otherwise benefit from strategic planning and coordination.

Wikipedia emerging technologies     List of emerging technologies


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