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IBM's vision for . . .

So says IBM.  It also proclaims:

Technology alone can't cure what ails us. But it can help those who treat our illnesses, heal our injuries, and find new ways ot battle diseases do it even better. It can also help healthy individuals to make smarter choices about their health and care.

Biocitizens and Advertizing

A recent piece in the NYT BITS blog has some interesting ramifications for our forecasts on biosocial identities and affinities. It discusses a set of “compromises” reached by the Network Advertising Initiative, an advertising trade association.

The lists of restrictions and red-flag categories represented here is about as culturally loaded as you can get, but what drew my attention was the way that biological identities, biological affinities, online collective organization were called out as particularly tricky areas of “behavioral correlation.”

Another twist on healthism

A hospital in Australia has banned patients who are obese or who smoke from receiving certain surgeries. The Daily Telegraph reports that Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Adelaide is demanding that patients achieve a "healthy weight range" and quit smoking before being considered for liposuction and body recontouring treatment.

Mamma Mia! Get healthy!

At our Spring Conference, Health Horizons' Jody Ranck mentioned the concept of "healthism," which refers to the moral responsibility that society imposes on individuals to maintain good health. We used a cover from Business Week to illustrate the point -- quit smoking or lose your job!

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