I was invited to give a speech about the future of medicine and my recent white paper at the Dotmed 2013 event in Dublin yesterday. Here is the list of speakers and here is the stream of tweets about the talks.
I was amazed by story of Ed Gavagan:
On World AIDS Day, this is how Bill Gates used Vine to spread the word about AIDS treatment. Brilliant, short and condensed.
I was checking out the winning entries of the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards when I came across this infographic focusing on why healthcare is so expensive. Stunning data and data visualization methods. Click on the image for the original size.
My white paper, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, came out a few days ago and the feedback has been amazing therefore I thought I would share the list of trends included in the infographic that will shape the future of medicine and healthcare.
Please feel free to download the PDF and share your comments by using the #MedicalFuture hashtag.
I’ve had two direct-to-consumer genomic tests before with Navigenics and Pathway Genomics. The topic of analyzing the genetic background to make decisions about lifestyle is really close to my heart, although as someone with a PhD in clinical genomics I know exactly what scientific limitations those companies have to face. Therefore I was glad to get a chance to order a Gentle genetic test and see how they try to tackle these problems. Gentle will sequence all my genes and test me for 1700+ medical conditions.
Here is a short interview with Peter Schols, CEO of Gentle Labs.
How does Gentle differ from all those direct-to-consumer genetic companies?
Gentle is different in many ways:
- We screen for over 1700 conditions, which is 5 times more than our closest competitor
- We screen more markers per condition, making our test more accurate and reliable
- We offer great mobile and web apps, check out our iPad app
- We don’t just dump results into people’s web accounts: we have genetic counseling with a medical doctor built-in
Prospective customers should have a look at this page for more info
How can companies performing sequencing compete with the next generation sequencing paradise in Beijing (Beijing Genomics Institute)?
We don’t want to compete on the sequencing itself: we outsource all lab work. Our focus is on DNA storage, DNA-analysis and on the communication of genetic test results.
The key part in a DTC genomic analysis is genetic counseling. Do your customers get access to such help in interpreting their results?
Absolutely, we have two levels of genetic counseling built-in: first of all, all test results are communicated by a medical doctor with a specialisation in medical genetics, through a teleconference. We have an exclusive agreement with Royal Doctors to provide our clients with the best medical geneticists worldwide. Alternatively, clients can choose to have the results communicated by their own doctor.
Secondly, our own Gentle geneticists are available to answer any questions our clients might have, whether it’s before taking the test or after discussing the results with the doctor. They’re are always there to help.
I cannot wait to get my results back which I will publish here as well.
A new Kickstarter project, Shadow, plans to allow users to record their dreams and upload them into the cloud for data analysis. It would also work as an advanced and clever alarm clock.
Sleep is where some of humanity’s most incredible creations got their start. Yet, we forget 95% of our dreams within five minutes of waking up. That’s a huge amount of data—with unfathomable of potential—we forget each day, all because we don’t have a good way to record and understand it. What would happen if we remembered? Even better, what if we learned to make sense of it? We’re here to find out.
It was a huge pleasure to announce that E-Patient Dave, the world’s leading e-patient, would present in my university course entitled Social Media in Medicine on the 5th of November in Budapest. The presentation took place as a part of the curriculum, but I made the event public so anyone could attend.
Dave gave a great presentation about how e-patients shape the future of healthcare and my students had some interesting questions. He was like a rock star!
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:
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.