Being a medical futurist means I work on bringing disruptive technologies to medicine & healthcare; assisting medical professionals and students in using these in an efficient and secure way; and educating e-patients about how to become equal partners with their caregivers.
Based on what we see in other industries, this is going to be an exploding series of changes and while redesigning healthcare takes a lot of time and efforts, the best we can do is to prepare all stakeholders for what is coming next. That was the reason behind creating The Guide to the Future of Medicine white paper which you can download for free.
Please use the Twitter hashtag #MedicalFuture for giving feedback.
In the white paper, there is an infographic featuring the main trends that shape the future of medicine visualized from 3 perspectives:
- Which stage of the delivery of healthcare and the practice of medicine is affected by that (Prevent & Prepare; Data Input & Diagnostics; Therapy & Follow-up; and Outcomes & Consequences);
- Whether it affects patients or healthcare professionals;
- The practicability of it (already available – green boxes; in progress – orange boxes; and still needs time – red boxes)
Click here to see the infographic in the original size.
I hope you will find the guide useful in your work or in preparing your company and colleagues for the future of medicine.
I might be too optimistic about the advances of technologies in medicine, but I believe we live in a great era. Here is how third generation computers or cognitive computers can help cancer centers fight different forms of cancer.
Without doubt, the future belongs to interdisciplinary innovations and just to show you a recent and practical example why I’m saying that, see what neurosurgeons at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center just did.
They used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance for delivering gene therapy as a potential treatment for brain tumors.
Using MRI navigational technology, neurosurgeons can inject Toca 511 (vocimagene amiretrorepvec), a novel investigational gene therapy, directly into a brain malignancy. This new approach offers a precise way to deliver a therapeutic virus designed to make the tumor susceptible to cancer-killing drugs.
“With MRI, we can see the tumor light up in real time during drug infusion. The rest of the brain remains unaffected so the risk of the procedure is minimized.”
Medical professionals in any specialties have to start looking at the same medical problem from different angles and as medical education focuses on giving you a very much specialized knowledge, social media and other digital technologies can help us get glimples into other areas looking for new ways of collaboration.
Roni Zeiger, ex-leader of Google Health, and Gilles Friedman, founder of ACOR, teamed up to create Smart Patients and giving a chance to cancer patients to take matters into their own hands.
Smart Patients is an online community where cancer patients and caregivers learn from each other about treatments, clinical trials, the latest science, and how it all fits into the context of their experience.
A hospital in Brazil came up with the idea of transforming the drugs and therapies of young cancer patients into something different therefore they would feel like superheroes. They can be motivated during the therapy like that, moreover, compliance is better. Amazing idea!
Years ago, I had a chance to receive a few copies of Re-Mission and distribute it to local pediatric clinics. I can tell you children fighting cancer loved the game. Now I was glad to read the news about the launch of Re-Mission 2. The company behind it, HopeLab, managed to find big sponsors including the LiveStrong Foundation to improve the game and push it to the next level.
More than five years in the making, Re-Mission 2 consists of six free-to-play online minigames launching tomorrow with a host of support from charities, medical researchers, and major corporations.
The new titles are on the leading edge of “games for health,” a movement to take the engagement of gaming and turn it to the cause of improving health.
Here is the official trailer:
I came across a very interesting story. A guy did a pregnancy test just for fun and posted the results on Reddit.com as the test was positive. The first commenter told him he should have himself checked for testicular cancer. He was right.
When that pregnancy test came back positive, CappnPoopDeck made a rage comic about it, and posted it to Reddit. The very first response, from a user named goxilo, was this: “If this is true, you should check yourself for testicular cancer. Seriously. Google it.”
This is one of the best marketing ideas ever, certainly the best regarding breast cancer self-check. An iPad ad teaches people how to perform a proper self-check even without they would know they are learning it.
Miley Cyrus, the famous TV star, got a haircut and was criticized for that, but there came an amazing tweet about she donating her hair to cancer charity from the Twitter account of “Official Cancer“, a foundation fighting cancer. This image is among trending topics on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. This is how you draw attention to a serious cause with a nice twist.
A Facebook campaign was launched a few weeks ago in order to urge Mattel to produce a bald version of its Barbie doll that will help children with cancer and others who have lost their hair due to illness cope with their conditions while playing. An excerpt from a recent article:
“We hope it gets the message out that being bald is beautiful and is no big deal. There’s no need to cover up,” she said.
Sypin’s own daughter is one of those children. The 12-year-old, named Kin Inich, lost her hair after chemotherapy.
Even though her daughter isn’t a huge Barbie fan, Sypin said she is excited about the idea.
“She said if they make one, she would totally get it,” Sypin said. “The first thing she said was if they make that doll, she would buy a bunch and take them to a children’s hospital and give them to children with cancer.”
Here is the Facebook page on which you can support this great idea!