Read on for today's three reads to entertain, educate, and enhance your most Foolish interests.
Health care mobilized
A lot of people are upset as of late over the implementation (or perhaps, lack thereof) of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. The Motley Fool has done an amazing job bringing clarity to what is a very opaque, confusing, and big change to our nation's health care system (a good place to start is here).
But to focus only on Obamacare as an investor (and a human being in need of health care) is a mistake. There are some very incredible innovations taking place in health care, particularly using technologies built on modern mobile technology.
The Wall Street Flaneur wrote this week on the subject here. The possibilities are mind-blowing for humankind and could impact investors across industries (the article points to IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) as potential winners long-term):
For example, using an attachment that turns her iPhone into an otoscope, a mother can snap a picture of her sick baby's inner ear. That image can be transmitted to the doctor who can quickly surmise whether there is an infection. If needed, the prescription is written and can be filled by the local pharmacy. Doctor visit avoided. Over time, all such transmissions are recorded enabling the doc to pinpoint any troubling trends. And early reports suggest the technology is equivalent if not better than the conventional.
This is just one example. Patients with cardiovascular issues can now self-administer EKGs that are uploaded daily or more frequently for their physician to review. An emergency room visit may be recommended for an acute issue, while important longer term trends are also monitored.
What Obamacare can learn from The Samba Project
Occasionally, you come across a profile of a businessman and investor that just inspires you. This profile from Forbes
of Brazilian health care billionaire Edson Bueno
did just that for me:
Brazilian billionaire Edson Bueno made international headlines thanks to the samba project, a deal in which United Health Group (NYSE: UNH) paid $4.9 billion for 90% of Amil, Brazil's largest health insurer and hospital operator. Thanks to such a deal, Edson Bueno bought $470 million worth of UnitedHealth sha