I’ve been involved with the NextMed / MMVR conference for several years and appreciate its wide range of presentations emerging simulation, modeling, and visualization technology for healthcare. Medical education and procedural training, pre- and peri-operative planning, and psychotherapy are some of the key applications.
“The Medicine Meets Virtual Reality” or “MMVR” conference was organized in 1991 to explore the healthcare utilization of rapidly evolving computing and communications technologies. Virtual reality was a hot topic and, within healthcare, clinicians and medical educators wanted to know how existing practices could be improved using IT advances such as immersive environments.
Simulation and modeling, imaging and visualization, haptics, robotics, and networking continue as primary themes. Applications include simulators for medical education and surgical training, psychotherapy tools, robots, and computer-guided procedures.
The conference has morphed into “NextMed / MMVR” to better describe a curriculum that extends beyond virtual reality into a range of emerging technologies. This February, the 21st meeting takes place in Manhattan Beach, California. Details are available http://www.nextmed.com . Note the discounted registrations available through December 20.
I just came across a startup competing in the Global Startup Battle that produced a nice application backed by a great idea in just 54 hours. I’m supporting ARYS in the competition.
ARYS is a smartphone app that features the possibility to add photos, music, text and video to a place as a geotag and share it with the public, so later on anyone can see it when they pass by using the ARYS app. ARYS is a revolutionary application that lets you leave your MARK in the city so others can see it later. With the help of ARYS you can leave a AR message very easy for the public or a friend at a certain spot in the city.
We will see similar techniques soon in the OR as well. Here is how Go Pro cameras and Google Glass can be used in medical training.
After fulfilling my childhood dream of becoming a doctor and a geneticist, I decided to make a brave change in my academic career and tried to merge my two selves: the doctor and the geek. As there was no profession like that, I created one. This is how I started discovering the steps needed to become a medical futurist. There is no clear path or course for that, therefore I try to reveal more and more pieces of information about this exciting journey in a series of blog entries.
I clearly described my mission and the reasons behind becoming a medical futurist before and it was time to contribute to this field in many ways. When I published my white paper, The Guide to the Future of Medicine with those 40 trends I think will shape the future, the feedback was amazing. By creating the #MedicalFuture hashtag in collaboration with Symplur, the plan was to centralize the flow of information focusing on the future of medicine & healthcare.
Similarly to how I strategically collected networks focusing on filtering the news in the topic of ”healthcare-social media”, I use the same method for building networks around myself in the field of futuristic studies. This is one of the reasons why I’ve dedicated a lot of efforts to the Medical Futurist Newsletter, a free, daily newsletter selecting the key news items every single day.
I had a chance to contribute to the FUTURIST magazine managed by the World Future Society which is a good way to get some exposure for my white paper and to get introduced to the futurist communities.
I keep on improving my knowledge about foresight and the methods used in futuristic studies; attend conferences such as the recent Singularity Summit Europe and test services/tools/products that lead to the future of medicine.
The John Kemény Award I got from the John von Neumann Computer Society for my research and other activities in computer science is a fantastic recognition. Moving forward, I work hard on completing my new mission: bringing disruptive technologies and innovations to everyday healthcare.
In order to reach this, I still have to learn the tricks of the methods used in foresight and futuristic studies; contribute more to this field and find a way to introduce the profession of “medical futurist” to the industry. I’ll keep on sharing the steps required for these.
Steps taken so far:
As I wrote in my recent white paper, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, there will be more and more cyborgs out there. Now here is Neil Harbisson who is the first person to have a passport photo that shows his cyborg nature.
In his UK passport, he’s wearing a head-mounted device called an eyeborg. The color-blind artist says the eyeborg allows him to see color, and he wants to help other cyborgs like himself gain more rights.
Harbisson felt that the device was fully integrated into his sense of self when he began to have emotional responses to colors in his environment. He also says that he “dreams” of color.
When I published the 40 trends that shape the future of medicine white paper, this is what I wrote about optogenetics:
Optogenetics is a neuromodulation technique using a combination of methods from optics and genetics to control the activity of individual neurons in living tissue. Optogenetics will provide new solutions in therapies. A recent study published in Science reported that scientists were able to create false memories in the hippocampus of mice. This is the first time fear memory was generated via artificial means. By time, we will understand the placebo effect clearly; and just imagine the outcomes we can reach when false memories of taking drugs can be generated in humans as well. The ultimate goal is to be able to modulate our senses, repair lost senses or even perform specific DNA targeting with femtosecond laser.
Well, here is a great new explanation from MIT News:
On World AIDS Day, this is how Bill Gates used Vine to spread the word about AIDS treatment. Brilliant, short and condensed.