Are you still playing inside the boundaries of disciplines? Play on the boundaries, instead. There are huge opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation on the boundaries of disciplines. All industries are impacted and transformed by the increasing interconnectedness with technological advances in IoT, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning and more. This transformation is most apparent in heavily regulated and somewhat slower to change industries like, “Oil and Gas” and “Healthcare”. Any industry that worked in a silo before is likely to leap forward into the new age. These areas are likely to experience most disruptive innovation and are brimming with opportunities for entrepreneurs thinking outside the discipline boundaries.
Oil & Gas industry is on the verge of major transformation. Entrepreneurs with industry specific innovations to enhance operational efficiency and minimize negative environmental impact, will score big. Most recent environmental concerns have been around the impact of fracking or hydraulic fracturing, a process by which water and sand mixture is pumped deep below the earth’s surface, into earth’s dense shale rock formations. Fracking produces many long narrow fractures in the rock formation and helps convert organic matter embedded within the rock to synthetic oil and gas. It has vastly improved oil production. It is estimated that what can be produced by a vertical well in 30 to 35 years, can be done in a horizontal well, in as short a span as 6 months. However, recent studies indicate that fracking has led to an increase in seismic activity. Thus far the activity was minimal but it has now been growing in both strength and number, with increase in fracking. Many Oil and Gas companies have established innovation centers in Silicon Valley to assess and garner technological help to expedite learning about environmental impact and explore if technology might help intervene to minimize negative impact, in addition to enhancing operational efficiency.
Healhcare has also emerged as the most attractive area, pulling in major investment dollars. Internet of things, for instance, will help bring in focus, the prospect of connected health. As increasingly incentives are tied to preventative medicine, providers will look for opportunities for seamless, integrated care. Cloud and big data will enhance the possibility to learn from collective knowledge, access wisdom of the crowd, and enhance quality of health with lesser investment of resources. Big pharmaceutical companies and biotech will look to utilizing technology in bringing therapies to market, with minimal wastage of resources and dollars. Opportunities exist to transform the process of drug development http://bit.ly/1xzpdFx& http://bit.ly/14pkhRO , to digital health advances enabling early identification and treatment of diseases http://bit.ly/11MlM9e , to even better monitoring of medical adherence. While reimbursement is increasingly emerging as a major challenge, insurance providers will look for disruptive, and long term, cost saving innovations.
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