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I just came across a great infographic summarizing the key concepts of using 3D printing in the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry. Check it out here!
A quite relevant announcement was published a few days ago describing an ambitious project from the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute in Kentucky aimed at replacing the human heart by designing a 3D printer capable of recreating such an organ.
Last week, I attended Singularity Summit Europe in Budapest at an amazing venue (Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music). Here are some notes I took during the event.
We have to accept the exponential changes in technologies, but should not exaggerate it.
The potential developments in biotechnology might not come from huge companies but brave youngsters. An example is mirOculus which makes it possible to screen cancer types using microRNAs.
Robots/drones that can communicate with each other become smarter and smarter.
Exoskeletons let disabled patients walk again.
Humanoid robots with artificial intelligence will be commercially available soon.
3D printing could be mainstream in months.
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 recently gave a talk about the future of medicine at the event of the Association of Academic Health Centers and a professor from the Eastern Virginia Medical School shared a great video about the future of medical schools. One of the reasons why I would love to be a medical student now.
Future medical students will train collaboratively with others in the health professions, mirroring the cross-disciplinary approach that will be integral to the clinical environment of the future. Enhanced technology will allow for more efficient referrals, faster consults and more thorough transitions of care, thus improving patient safety and outcomes.
These advances will allow health-care providers to spend more time developing a strong relationship with their patients. After all, there is no substitute for human interaction — learning a patient’s story, understanding her needs, and developing a course of treatment with her that optimizes her health.
Cardiology is a key area that could use some refreshments regarding the tools and devices used to teach its anatomy and physiology in the medical curriculum.
Based on a patient’s CT scan and using a mix of stereo lithography and other prototyping techniques, xCardio creates a copy of a human heart that is anatomically correct both inside and out.
While the main purpose of a new game, Relive, is to increase the awareness about CPR and push people, especially teenagers and young adults, to take a CPR class and be prepared to intervene in case of need.
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.
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!