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Race Among Medical Devices and Doctors: Analysis

For some time now, I’ve been forming a think tank that would focus on issues related to the future of medicine. As a first step, we decided to address the issue of the changing world of medical devices and how such changes might affect the lives of medical professionals and patients. Please feel free to comment on this analysis.

If we take a look at the possible scripts of the market competition in the health sector, we can make few predictions on the patients’ experience. The competition among the medical device manufacturers and the globalized competition among the high skilled health workers have significant social effects.

There are heterogeneous, jammed and loud worlds like in the motion picture Fifth Element, where many types of doctors and devices form the healthcare system. There could be a low-end/high end distinct health market, where the wealthy ones could afford a real-life practice, but the other patients are left alone. If some huge brands will cover the whole market, and provide the whole range of integrated services, they could become omnipotent monopolies, thus a standardized service could be provide wherever we are. And as a script we could have an expensive and closed world, where the insurances and the prevention are the tools against high cost.

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Patients left alone

• Cheap devices without standardization

• Expensive doctors

• Need for self-healing increases

• Big difference between the online and real-life practice of medicine

• Popularity of alternative medicine grows

 

The internet based world

• Many doctors & devices

• Big problems with interoperability

• Android world

• Cheap doctors & devices

 

Expensive & closed world

• premium systems

• Healthcare costs take a big part of GDPs

• Active insurance market

• Large efforts in prevention

 

Omnipotent brands

• Device manufacturers attract patients

• Doctor is only the user of devices

• Doctors are global, but patients belong to manufacturers

A Comparison of TeleConsultation Websites and Services

The company, HealthQuo, came up with quite a detailed analysis of websites and services offering teleconsultation. Connectivity is truly the key here.

By the way, here is a short description about Healthquo:

HealthQuo is a online health platform in which patients meet verified health care professionals for face-to-face health orientations anyday and anytime. Through telehealth more than 70% of day to day consults can be solved decreasing the cost of the service but at the same time increasing the efficiency and quality of it.

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10 Near-Future Technologies That Will Transform Medicine at digihealth pulse Virtual 2014

I’m pleased to announce that I will be taking part in the world’s first virtual digital health conference,digihealth pulse Virtual 2014.  This online event was founded by Fard Johnmar, founder and president of the digital health innovation firm Enspektos.  

Fard and I will engage in a wide-ranging conversation focusing on 10 near-future technologies that are poised to transform medicine. Our talk will be guided by themes outlined in my upcoming book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine.  Our talk will be pre-recorded and I’ll be participating in a live Q&A focusing on our conversation during the event.  

Digihealth pulse Virtual 2014 will feature other experts in the health technology arena, including Esther Dyson, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn and Unity Stoakes of Startup Health.  

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The Medical Futurist: Weekly Introduction

As a medical futurist, 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.

I publish a daily newsletter about the future of medicine, and share related news almost every hour on Twitter. Scienceroll.com is updated on a regular basis about the future of healthcare with an emphasis on social media. Here is my white paper, The Guide to the Future of Medicine.

I’m the author of Social Media in Clinical Practice handbookand the founder of Webicina.com, a service that curates medical content in social media for medical professionals and e-patients.

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I launched The Social MEDia Course, the e.learning format of my university course focusing on medicine and social media for medical students, physicians and also patients with Prezis, tests and gamification.

My recent keynote at TEDxNijmegen:

I hope you will enjoy reading Scienceroll.com!

My Article About The Future of Medicine in The Futurist Magazine!

It’s a huge pleasure to share my article, Rx Disruption: Technology Trends in Medicine and Health Care, that was just published in the Futurist magazine. It is also an important step in my journey as a medical futurist.

As online platforms and digital technologies rapidly emerge and change, we need partnerships between patients and health-care professionals, as well as a guide to prepare for the future technologies that will have to be implemented quickly in everyday practices and in the health management of patients. Based on what we see in other industries, this is going to be an exploding series of changes. While redesigning health care takes a lot of time and effort, the best we can do is to prepare all stakeholders for what is coming next.

The following overview of the major trends in health care offers guidance for preparing individuals, organizations, and medical practitioners for the health-care landscape ahead. This guide will be continuously updated, so reader feedback is welcome.

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The First Bionic Olympics To Be Held in 2016

After Pistorius competing at the last 2012 Olympic Games with prosthetics, we all knew that the world of sport was about to change dramatically. More and more athletes now utilize innovative technologies or actually wear them to augment human capabilities, therefore the announcement of the first Bionic Olympic Games called the Cybathlon to be held in Switzerland in 2016 did not come as a surprise.

The Cybathlon will award two categories of medals for each event: one for the athlete and one for the scientist or company that manufactured the robotic assistive device. That includes things like the latest prosthetics, exoskeletons, and powered wheelchairs, and more futuristic technologies like electrically stimulated muscles and brain-computer interfaces.

For instance, during the BCI event (image above), participants—or “pilots” to use the Cybathlon lingo—that are paralyzed below the neck will be equipped with brain-machine interfaces that will enable them to control an avatar with their mind. The virtual avatar will compete in a horse or car racing video game.

 

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The First Prescribed Mobile Application Launches

Here is a mobile application that has health implications and is reimbursed by health insurance. With evidence behind the apps, this is how it should work:

“Docs write Rx for App to treat visually impaired children. Treatment and app get reimbursed by statutory health insurance.” This digital health vision is becoming true in Germany these days. Originally developed by University of Dresden, the purely Internet-based Caterna Vision Therapy (www.caterna.de) will be reimbursed by BARMER GEK, a nationwide statutory health insurance with 8.65m Germans insured, in partnership with Ocunet, a nationwide association of eye care centers and practices (www.ocunet.de). Starting 1. April  2014, eye specialists can prescribe a Caterna Vision Therapy.

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Larry Page Talks About Medical Records And Where Google Is Heading

Here is Larry Page, CEO of Google, describing the directions Google is heading at the moment including the issues of electronic medical records or artificial intelligence.

In an era when IBM Watson, the supercomputer, tries to tackle brain cancer, everything is possible:

This morning, IBM and the New York Genome Center announced a partnership to test whether Watson, the computer that won on Jeopardy, can sift through the genomes of cancer patients and help doctors pick drugs. This effort could hold the key to making DNA sequencing for cancer affordable, but there is a vast amount of work to do that will take years at a minimum.

The Medical Futurist: Weekly Introduction

As a medical futurist, 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.

I publish a daily newsletter about the future of medicine, and share related news almost every hour on Twitter. Scienceroll.com is updated on a regular basis about the future of healthcare with an emphasis on social media. Here is my white paper, The Guide to the Future of Medicine.

I’m the author of Social Media in Clinical Practice handbookand the founder of Webicina.com, a service that curates medical content in social media for medical professionals and e-patients.

ScreenShot

I launched The Social MEDia Course, the e.learning format of my university course focusing on medicine and social media for medical students, physicians and also patients with Prezis, tests and gamification.

My recent keynote at TEDxNijmegen:

I hope you will enjoy reading Scienceroll.com!

3D Printed Aorta Cells: Steps Forward

As 3D printing becomes mainstream worldwide, it is great to see steps forward in biotechnology as well. Recently, Turkish researchers were able to print out anatomically accurate aorta cells in 3D.

Everyday we are a step closer and a step further away from the 3D bioprinting of a functional organ made from human tissue. At Sabancı University in Turkey, a research team has pushed us further towards that goal by 3D bioprinting anatomically accurate macro-vascular tissue that could, one day, be used to treat heart disease in cardiac patients and provide the basis for the vasculature of 3D printed organs.

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