30 rising stars in healthcare IT

A new wave of younger healthcare IT executives are rising up to take on leadership roles in the industry. Here’s a glimpse of some of the new rising stars in healthcare information technology who are likely to guide the industry over the next 10 to 20 years.

Tarik Alkasab, MD

Alkasab recently was a lead author of a study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology that advocated an open authorizing system for point of care decision support tools. He and his colleagues contend that decreasing unnecessary variation in radiology reporting is a key to success in value-based payment models and also is good for patient care. The goal is to represent radiology clinical guidelines as structured and machine-readable Extensible Markup Language documents. Also advocated is development of new tools that voice recognition vendors can use to extend the commercial tools currently in use.


HIT Think What ‘Amazon healthcare’ could look like in 5 years

While Amazon has grabbed headlines this week by announcing the location of its new headquarters (to be split between New York and Northern Virginia), the healthcare industry has been keeping a close eye on the retail, technology, and logistics giant for several months now.

Over the past year, the company has hired a slew of former healthcare leaders, acquired the direct-to-consumer pharmacy business PillPack, and moved forward with a high-profile venture to jointly manage the health of its employee population alongside JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway.

These moves have led many to speculate as to how Amazon could disrupt the healthcare industry. And while these musings often come alongside a healthy dose of well-warranted skepticism, there’s little doubt that Amazon is unique among the growing list of outside players eyeing the healthcare space.

Amazon’s commitment to innovation and self-disruption have enabled it to gain a massive foothold in the economy. It’s set to account for 49 percent of all online sales in the United States in 2018 and counts 100 million people as prime members—almost a third of the U.S. population. And Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, has signaled he is willing to put in the work and investment to go after the healthcare industry, despite its immense complexity. He commented that, “[h]ard as it might be, reducing healthcare’s burden on the economy while improving outcomes for employees and their families would be worth the effort. Success is going to require talented experts, a beginner’s mind, and a long-term orientation.”

So what would “Amazon Health Care” look like? We see at least five potential paths forward—and they’re not mutually exclusive.

Employer aggregator
The quickest (and likely least disruptive) way Amazon could make its mark on healthcare is through its own employee population. The company has already started down this path through its partnership with JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway; the three companies manage healthcare spending for a combined 1.2 million employees.

In the grand scheme of things, this venture involves a relatively limited number of lives spread over a number of markets, but it does give Amazon an innovation function of sorts—the company has already announced that it plans to experiment with running its own health clinics for employees in the Seattle area.

Moreover, the CEO of the venture—Atul Gawande, who began leading the effort on July 9—is known as a disruptive thinker in the industry. To have national-level implications, however, the venture will need to secure more companies’ involvement or find other ways to export successful models beyond the three founding members.

Next-generation retail pharmacy
Amazon’s acquisition of PillPack, combined with its “Basic Care” line of over-the-counter products, could make it a formidable player in the retail pharmacy space. Amazon already has an established track record of competing on cost and convenience, and the organization’s timely shipping processes could rival the convenience of a community pharmacy.

By acquiring PillPack, Amazon is positioned not only to compete for the high-cost, chronically ill patients to whom PillPack currently caters, but to make a major play for the growing number of self-pay pharmaceutical customers.

While Amazon’s growth in pharmaceuticals may have historically been limited by the company’s inability to earn in-network status from major PBMs, insured patients are increasingly discovering that they can cut drug prices by paying out-of-pocket. By making prescription prices readily available through its online marketplace, Amazon-PillPack could use its existing platforms to encourage patients to shop around based on price, potentially prompting more insured patients to pay out-of-pocket for their prescriptions.

Global healthcare logistics specialist
Without question, Amazon’s shipping network is one of the most robust in the country—and that positions Amazon to have a massive impact on the healthcare supply chain. A number of the Advisory Board’s own members have told us they’ve proactively reached out to Amazon for help in revamping their supply chain. Some hospitals have even begun to independently use Amazon Business to streamline their supply chains—such as Summit Pacific Medical Center in Washington, which uses Amazon’s “dash” buttons to address 90 percent of its supply chain needs.

Currently, Amazon is not equipped to offer more highly specialized medical tools. But if the organization was to expand into these offerings, it could have a major impact in addressing the fragmentation issues that currently plague the healthcare supply chain and undercutting some of the cost inflation that distributors currently levy.

Consumer-focused technologies
Perhaps no aspect of Amazon’s business model causes both more concern and more excitement than the potential healthcare applications of its consumer-facing technology platform.

In the healthcare industry, where the customer experience is often confusing and fragmented, the ability to make interactions frictionless and seamless would go a long way. There are a multitude of ways Amazon could bring its brand of simplicity to healthcare—as a patient engagement platform, an EHR, a transparency tool or even as an insurance broker.

It should be noted that tech giants, such as Microsoft and Google, have made previous attempts to break into this space with limited success. Microsoft’s HealthVault shut down in 2018 and Google Health shut down in 2012. But the growing popularity of wearables technology and Alexa’s health-related capabilities suggest consumers today may be more willing than ever to engage with new technological models—a factor that could give Amazon the edge where others have failed.

Primary care operator
Finally, there’s the potential that Amazon could move into the care delivery space as a primary care operator. According to CNBC, Amazon has begun to open a pilot primary care clinic for a “select group of employees” and plans to expand access to more workers next year. The company has also been hiring primary care experts since last year, including Christine Henninsgaard, the former vice president of operations at One Medical, and Martin Levine from Lora Health.

According to Michael Yang, a health investor at Comcast Ventures, Amazon may be using these as a pilot before expanding the strategy beyond their employees.

Amazon already has several advantages that could give it a head start in the care delivery space, particularly the requisite online presence to get into telemedicine and, with the recent acquisition of Whole Foods, a potential entrée into the brick-and-mortar clinic space.

While none of these five visions are a reality today, the fact that Amazon is exploring so many aspects of the industry is reflective that the market is truly ripe for disruption, whether by Amazon or other outside players. Indeed, the mere prospect of Amazon moving into healthcare has already begun to catalyze action within the industry—Amazon is, without a doubt, one of the driving factors behind the current wave of mega-mergers pursuing vertical integration sweeping across the industry.

For hospital and health system leaders, Amazon could be an attractive partner in some areas (like supply chain) and a formidable combatant in others (like care delivery). Strategies to control cost, improve access, and drive reliability in quality and service will position providers to withstand the threat of outside disruption.


Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Reportedly Receiving Android 9.0 Pie Update

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Reportedly Receiving Android 9.0 Pie Update

Sony has reportedly started rolling out the Android 9.0 Pie software update to its Xperia XZ2 Premium smartphone. Earlier this month, the company had released the latest Android build for the Xperia XZ Premium ₹ 39,990, Xperia XZ1 ₹ 34,990, and the Xperia XZ1 Compact. According to the latest report, the update to XZ2 Premium comes with the build number 52.0.A.3.84 and also refreshes the Android security patch to November 2018. Additionally, Android 9.0 Pie is expected to come with features such as a new camera app interface, HDR upgrades, and more. Notably, the update could be a limited rollout in select regions and models, but is expected to be made available globally in the coming days.

Last month, Sony had confirmed the Android 9.0 Pie rollout for four of its Xperia smartphones. Earlier this month, the company released the update for the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZ1, and Xperia XZ1 Compact, following a delay due to a bug. Now, the Japanese phone maker has started rolling out the Android Pie update to its Xperia XZ2 Premium, Xperia Blog reports. According to the report, the Android 9 Pie firmware update for the smartphone comes with build number 52.0.A.3.84 and is 210MB in size. Also, the update brings the latest November 2018 Android security patch.

As per the report, Sony is not adopting Android Pie’s gesture navigation. However, Xperia XZ2 Premium users will reportedly get Sony’s new camera interface. The report also speculated that Sony may have made more changes to the camera as the Xperia XZ2 Premium is the company’s only handset with a dual rear camera setup.

When it comes to other phones in the Xperia lineup, the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact had reportedly started receiving the Android 9.0 update in October. Sony had also confirmed that the Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, and Xperia XA2 Plus will get the update early next year.

To recall, the dual-SIM (Nano) Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium was launched in April 2018 running Android 8.0. The smartphone sports a 5.8-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) HDR Triluminous display with the X-Reality mobile engine and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM. The dual rear camera setup of the smartphone bears a 19-megapixel lens with a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor, 1.22-micron pixels, and an f/1.8 aperture, as well as one 12-megapixel black and white lens with the same Exmor RS sensor, 1.55-micron pixels, and an f/1.6 aperture. Also, it is powered by the Bionz mobile image-processing engine and Aube fusion image signal processor. On the front, there is a 13-megapixel sensor with a 22mm wide-angle lens that has an f/2.0 aperture. The front camera setup also includes a five-axis image stabilisation. Besides, the handset comes with a 3,540mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging.


Jio GigaFiber Tops Netflix ISP Speed Index for October 2018 in India

Jio GigaFiber Tops Netflix ISP Speed Index for October 2018 in India

Netflix has released its latest monthly ISP speed index and Reliance Jio GigaFiber has been declared to have the best average Internet speed in India. Earlier this year, Reliance Jio started taking registrations for the highly anticipated Jio GigaFiber broadband service, but the service is yet to receive a wider public rollout in India. As per Netflix ISP Speed Index for October 2018, Jio GigaFiber’s average monthly speed increased from 3.41Mbps to 3.48Mbps. Interestingly, the Internet service provider had debuted at the top of the list in September this year.

While Jio, a new entrant in the sector, continues to maintain its position as the top telco in India in terms of affordability of data consumption, incumbents have been coming up with plans and offers to match Jio’s prices and bundled data. However, Jio GigaFiber is yet to see a wider rollout but is expected to be available across the country soon. Netflix’s ISP Leaderboard shows that Jio GigaFiber continues to stay on top for two months in a row, while Airtel managed to receive the fourth position.

Meanwhile, 7 Star Digital has been positioned at the second spot in Netflix’s ISP Speed Index for October 2018. Its monthly average speed increased from 3.15Mbps to 3.19Mbps. In October, 7 Star Digital managed to topple Spectranet, which is now at the third place in India. At the fifth position in the list released by Netflix, is ATRIA Convergence Technologies.

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Spectranet, Airtel, and ATRIA Convergence managed to deliver monthly average speeds of 3.14Mbps, 3.10Mbps, and 2.89Mbps respectively during October. Further, the top 15 was rounded off by YOU Broadband, Hathway, Syscon Infoway, D-VoiS, Excitel Broadband, Alliance Broadband, Tikona, BSNL, MTNL, and Tata Communications.

It is worth noting that India does not even feature in Netflix’s list of top 10 internet providers in the Asia-Pacific region. In this list, Hong Kong is at the top with a monthly average speed of 3.85Mbps while India has a monthly average speed of 2.73Mbps. Globally, Switzerland has the highest average speed, that is 4.18Mbps.

“The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on a particular ISP and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that may travel across the specific ISP network. Faster Netflix performance generally means better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions,” Netflix noted in its blog.


YouTube King PewDiePie Surrenders Crown to Indian Record Label T-Series

YouTube King PewDiePie Surrenders Crown to Indian Record Label T-Series

YouTube is about to crown a new king.

T-Series, one of India’s largest record labels, will become the most-subscribed channel on the world’s most popular video site in the next couple weeks. At the beginning of the year, the company had 30 million fans, fewer than half of the following for No. 1 PewDiePie, the Swedish video-game geek and jokester whose real name is Felix Kjellberg.

The company’s ascent has shocked the tight-knit community of online personalities, prompting some to rally behind PewDiePie and delay T-Series’ ascent. While claiming the most subscribers on YouTube is largely a symbolic achievement, and the company already has the most monthly views, the end of PewDiePie’s five-year reign is a watershed that reflects important changes as internet use gets more global.

More than half of the 10 most popular channels on YouTube in terms of monthly views are from outside the US, and many of them belong to professional media companies. YouTube’s previous champions have been young, male amateurs like the video blogger Ray William Johnson and comedy duo Smosh. But after years as a mostly Western site for pranks and cat clips, the Google-owned company has lured most of the world’s largest media giants to the site, blurring the line between professional and amateur.

Opportunity Knocks
That’s opened the door for Noida, India-based T-Series, which operates 29 channels and boasts more than 100 million combined YouTube subscribers. Its flagship, also called T-Series, has been adding three million subscribers a month and will be the first non-English-language channel to hit No. 1.

“This digital era is fantastic,” Bhushan Kumar, T-Series’ chief executive officer, said in an interview. “It’s here to stay. It’s giving us popularity. It’s giving us recognition.”

T-Series was founded in 1984 by the CEO’s father, Gulshan Dua. The son of a Delhi juice vendor, Dua started making money by producing and selling cassettes. Though dogged by rumors he was pirating music, Dua, who later adopted the family name Kumar, turned a mom-and-pop shop into a conglomerate that sold CDs and home electronics.

The company achieved its breakout success with the soundtrack to “Aashiqui,” a Hindi musical romance that is still one of the best-selling records in the history of India. Bollywood soundtracks account for more than half of the Indian music market and still serve as the foundation of T-Series.

“T-Series used to cater to a much older generation, but it is making movie content and music videos to capture a younger generation,” said Allison Stern, chief marketing officer at Tubular Labs, a research firm that tracks online video. “It mirrors what a lot of media companies are doing in the U.S.”

From Tragedy
Tragedy struck in 1997 when the T-Series founder, then 42, was murdered after refusing to pay extortion to an organized crime group linked to an infamous gangster, according to reports, and his son took over. The younger Kumar demonstrated a knack for picking the right soundtracks and pushed the company deeper into movie production.

“Bollywood music is like Russian roulette,” said T-Series President Neeraj Kalyan, who joined the company shortly before the murder and has worked as Bhushan Kumar’s deputy for two decades. “You keep on betting, but you don’t know what will be a hit.”
In 1999, Kalyan was asked to look after T-Series’ music exports, just as the internet was about to rock the industry. CD sales started to fall as consumers began downloading pirated music. While online stores like iTunes ultimately replaced CD sales in many Western countries, that first wave of e-commerce bypassed India. The only way music companies made money online was by selling ringtones.

YouTube vs. World
YouTube came to India in 2007, still mostly a repository for one-off amateur videos. The most-popular channel was lonelygirl15, a web series about a video blogger, and the most-viewed video featured an eight-minute battle between a herd of buffalo, a pride of lions and a pair of crocodiles.

Media companies viewed YouTube as a pariah. In March of that year, Viacom, the owner of MTV and Nickelodeon, sued the company for copyright infringement. Kalyan soon followed. He noticed more and more of the company’s music appearing on YouTube, none with his approval.

T-Series and YouTube settled in 2011, at which point the video site was hosting popular comedians, like Ray William Johnson and Smosh, as well as proper music videos. The most-watched clip that year was Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”

T-Series started uploading videos to YouTube in 2011. Growth was slow at first, but the company surpassed 1 million subscribers in 2012, one of the first channels in India to do so.

Mobile Miracle
Then came the Indian mobile miracle. In 2016, Reliance Industries launched its modern wireless network and slashed prices for internet access. In just a few years, Indian data use soared. Online video consumption exploded and nobody has benefited more than YouTube.

Today YouTube has more than 300 channels in India with more than a million subscribers each. The company hosted five fan festivals in India this year and announced its first slate of shows there. India is now YouTube’s second-largest market in views and first in users.

“India is a really great bright spot,” said Gautam Anand, head of YouTube’s Asia Pacific business. “It’s one of the fastest-growing markets even within Asia.”

T-Series now posts all of its music on YouTube first, investing huge sums in videos that help promote its movies and spur song sales. YouTube now accounts for 20 percent to 25 percent of T-Series’ sales, which are nearing $100 million (roughly Rs. 721 crores).

Size, Diversity
T-Series has thrived by taking advantage of India’s size and diversity. The country is home to hundreds of languages, including at least 13 spoken by more than 10 million people. T-Series operates 29 channels that offer videos in regional tongues and different music genres, including one for devotional music, with 13 million subscribers, another in the Telugu language, with 2 million subscribers, and Bollywood classics at 6.5 million. They all feed into the main channel.

And while Bollywood remains the most popular genre, individual creators with no link to any movie are T-Series’ fastest-growing segment.

Supporters of PewDiePie have scrambled to delay the defenestration of their idol, posting critical comments about T-Series videos and opening up new accounts to boost his totals. Some have had a racial tinge, like one from MrBeast, who bought ads on the video service that said, ‘‘Calling all Bros! You Can Save YouTube.”

But T-Series videos aren’t just popular in India. About 40 percent of their viewership is from outside the country, says Kalyan, thanks to the diaspora of Punjabis and other Indians that has attracted fans across the world. Thanks to PewDiePie and MrBeast, that number may go up.

“Whatever those guys are doing, it’s helped me a lot,” Kalyan said. “The people in the West, or in the East as far as Japan were not even aware of us. They now know about us because of all that controversy.”


Moto G7 Spotted on US FCC Site Tipping Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB RAM

Moto G7 Spotted on US FCC Site Tipping Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB RAM

Motorola’s upcoming flagship Moto G7 is expected to be unveiled soon, and details regarding the smartphone have been popping up slowly. Previous reports have hinted at a number of features that are expected in the Moto G7 phone, including waterdrop display, wireless charging support, 6.4-inch display, and more. Meanwhile, latest reports suggest the Lenovo-owned company may launch the handsets in the market soon. The Moto G7 has been certified by Federal Communications Commission in the US and several details about the upcoming phone have been revealed in the listings, including RAM, storage, processor, dual camera setup, and more.

The FCC IDs of the two new Motorola smartphones are IHDT56XN3 and IHDT56XR3; and the model numbers are XT1952-2 and XT1965-3. The FCC listing does not reveal the names of the handset, but the two models are possibly meant for different carriers or markets. The FCC listing provides details such as the processor, RAM, inbuilt storage, and more about the Moto G7 handset. It also suggests the model numbers of the Moto G7 will have in India.

According to the listing, the Moto G7 with model number 1965-3 will arrive with a Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of inbuilt storage in Latin America, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. A schematic image of the handset hints at a dual camera setup on the back. Additionally, the listing also shows that the Moto G7 will arrive with dual-band Wi-Fi support and NFC support.

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Meanwhile, the Moto G7 listing with model number XT 1965-4 will arrive in India and XT 1965-6 in China. In the US and Canada, the smartphone will ship with model number XT 1965-1 while Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, will get Moto G7 XT 1965-2. Notably, the FCC listing only reveals the specifications of the smartphone with model number XT 1965-3 model, which will arrive in Western Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. The FCC listings were first spotted by 91Mobiles.

Previous leaks had suggested that the Moto G7 will sport a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display, an octa-core SoC that could be the Snapdragon 660, coupled with 4GB of RAM. It is rumoured to have a 12-megapixel selfie camera, 64GB of onboard storage, and a 3,500mAh battery. The smartphone may also support wireless charging. The dual rear camera setup at the back is speculated to have a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The renders show the availability of a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port that sits alongside the loudspeaker grill. It is said that the Moto G7 will measure 157×75.3x8mm, though its camera bump could make it 9.5mm thick overall.


AUSPACK announces new conference and top speaking talent

A new business and industry conference will take place during Packaging and Processing Week 2019, alongside the AUSPACK exhibition, in Melbourne in March next year.

Key leaders in their respective fields have agreed to present, including packaging industry pioneer and innovator Dr Michael Okoroafor, TV personality and War on Waste champion Craig Reucassel, economist Stephen Koukolis, and diversity expert Dr Katie Spearritt.

The conference will focus on industry challenges and opportunities around sustainability, innovations in technology and design, systems thinking and factories of the future.

Mark Dingley, chairman of the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), which owns AUSPACK said: “We are excited to present the inaugural AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference in 2019. This great new education and information sharing opportunity for industry is another fantastic initiative in line with industry demand.”

The new conference is for decision makers, owners and key staff from the packaging and processing, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, along with associated industries such as design and print, marketing and advertising industry associations.

“The AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference is all about exploring new ideas and business potential through case studies, interactive Q&A sessions and keynote plenary sessions, of which there’ll be seven, along with 18 breakouts across two streams: ‘packaging & processing’ and ‘business growth,” Dingley said.

Sub themes include innovation and technology, sustainable solutions, smart packaging, e-commerce, future consumer, export and distribution, blockchain, design trends and strength through diversity.

The 35-plus speakers include:

  • Opening keynote, day one: Dr Michael Okoroafor, Vice President Global Sustainability & Packaging at McCormick USA. Responsible for the strategic direction, policies, development and execution of agricultural, ingredient, product and packaging sustainability, plus packaging innovation capabilities globally, Dr Okoroafor was inducted into the Packaging and Processing Hall of Fame at PACK EXPO International. An innovation leader, he has over 40 patents to his name.
  • Opening keynote, day two: economist Stephen Koukoulas. One of Australia’s leading economic thinkers,  Koukoulas is past senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister, chief economist of Citibank and head of global economic research in London for TD. His presentation will break down complex economic analysis into easily understandable terms.
  • Closing keynote, day two: Dr Katie Spearritt, CEO of Diversity Partners, will speak about “Innovation and Strength through Diversity”. Diversity Partners is a specialist consultancy that helps companies achieve diversity progress and create more inclusive and high-performing work environments, including a range of firms in Australia’s manufacturing sector. Dr Spearritt’s interactive session aims to have participants talking about diversity and inclusion in ways they might not have previously considered.
  • Conference MC: Craig Reucassel is a speaker, writer and comedian best known for his work on ABC’s TV program War on Waste and with The Chaser, which he co-founded.

The AUSPACK Business and Industry Conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Tuesday 26 March to Wednesday 27 March, 2019.


Meat pie flies high

The 2018 NewSpace FlashBuild is encouraging Australia to launch into a space tech future with the help of a humble Aussie meat pie.

With backing from the NSW government’s Boosting Business Innovation Program, a group effort led by UNSW’s TechConnect and supported by launch company SpaceOps and space tech coordinator Delta-V led to smashing a world record for ‘pie altitude’ in Merriwa in NSW.

A Garlo’s meat pie was taken more than 30 kilometres above the earth through the stratosphere in a balloon that was the culmination of a four-day sprint of workshops, linking experienced teams of engineers and with students and business to rapidly prototype and deploy solutions to a range of mission-related challenges.

The experimental project was executed using 100 per cent Australian space tech – and 100 per cent Australia meat and pastry.

“Australians don’t appreciate that we have some of the brightest minds in space tech operating in this country,” UNSW TechConnect Flashbuild organiser Alex Herihly said.

“There are abundant economic opportunities opening up, especially with small satellites. Furthermore, as a global leader in mining, Australia is well-placed to take the lead on new space-mining opportunities as well.”

As an opportunity to build awareness in the potential of space technology, the team said they wanted to prove that when Australians set their minds on space, anything is possible, even getting a pie in the sky.

“For Australia to seize our opportunities in space we need the next generation engaged. Sending a meat pie up past the stratosphere here in Muswellbrook is a great way of sending that message,” Herihly said.


All you need to know about food and drink in this Taschen feast of infographics

Readers can either graze or binge their way through this superb collection of infographics, but will need both hands to lift the trilingual tome, which weighs around a kilogram.

While it may sound strange to tell stories about food using data, Food & Drink Infographics’ subtitle “A Visual Guide to Culinary Pleasures” is surprisingly apt.

The wealth of information contained in the graphics will whet the appetite of casual readers who can dip in and out of the book, but it will be manna from heaven for foodies and infographic enthusiasts, who will consume it as fast as possible.

Simone Klabin explains in her introductory essay how food visualisations have evolved from a Mesolithic cave painting of bees attacking a person collecting honey to contemporary videos uploaded to the internet, by way of ancient recipes on clay tablets, illuminated medieval manuscripts and the Victorian era cookbook, Mrs Newton’s book of Household Management.

After reading this book, I now know how a chunk of raw beef, for example, arrived at my supermarket. I can identify the cut, explain how the fridge which keeps it fresh works and whether it was sourced locally.

I have learned multiple ways to cure, age, grill, barbecue and roast joints of meat, and how a microwave oven heats food. I discovered that meat was first roasted 1.8 million years ago and the recipe for the mustard I would choose for a condiment probably originates from a Roman cookbook dating back to 4AD.

I now feel confident about pairing the right wine with a meal thanks to a graphic on wine appreciation by my colleague, Adolfo Arranz, the deputy head of infographics and illustration at the South China Morning Post. Other graphics explain how our taste buds work and that roast beef shares over 100 flavour compounds with beer, peanut butter, coffee and bacon.

Another graphic shows there are no nutrients in beef that are not also available in a balanced vegetarian diet and that a single cricket packs more protein and contains less fat than 85 grams of beef.

That particular graphic, also published by the South China Morning Post, explains why an increasing number of researchers are calling on the widespread adoption of an insect-based diet to alleviate concerns there will not be enough food for everyone by the year 2050 if we continue on our present path of consumption.

Global in scope, the book brings together infographics from every corner of the world with plenty focusing on Asian cuisine.

Foodies will learn about the history of their matcha latte – which traces its origins to ancient China before being adopted by Zen Buddhists in 960AD – as well as how to eat fugu without killing themselves.

A fold-out timeline dates the birth of noodles at 2,000AD, after the discovery of millet-based noodles in an earthenware bowl in northwestern China, while a piece of cheese dating from around 1615BC has been found in a desert location in Xinjiang.


‘So Fresh Juice’ – your elixir of life

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On a cutting board, slices of red and green apples, carrots and yellow pears have been prepared for juicing before being poured into bottles and labelled “So Fresh Juice”.

Company founder Ea Veasna says the key to making So Fresh Juice is nothing more than choosing a variety of fresh fruits packed with goodness, plus one simple rule “nothing added”.

The juices may be simple enough to make, but the nutrition-packed drinks have seen a boom lately among health and exercise buffs. And it is being sought after by gym goers and those who wish to stay in shape by shedding those extra pounds.

Veasna spent time to study the nutritional benefits of each fruit he uses in his juices, and collected recipes from different countries to make them unique.

Soon, he came up with 21 types of juices that serve different purposes, depending on the nutritional value contained in each fruit.

The 29-year-old juice shop owner says: “The reason I run this kind of shop is because I enjoy working-out but easily get tired.

So I started by looking for drinks that gave me an energy boost while keeping my weight down.”That’s how I began my search for fruit juice recipies.”

In time, Veasna says he gained knowledge through meeting other juice enthusiasts in his travels abroad and supplemented this with internet research. And before long, he was creating his own recipes that now fill So Fresh Juice.

The labels on each juice bottle lists the name of the drink along with its purpose and the fruits that were used to make it.

Each of the 21 types of fruit juices he sells are geared for different purposes. Some are geared towards improving the skin, while others maintain weight, boost energy, or even enhance sexual performance.

The “Stress Down” juice, for instance, is made of strawberries, apples and ginger, and as its name suggests, it is supposed to relieve stress. Women may opt for “Skin Care” which is made of pomegranates, apples, beetroot, lemon and pineapple.

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