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With all these technological advances, improvements and new devices coming to the market, we could significantly improve the lives of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease patients. They could change the way they eat or they orientate, how they gather information. We could improve their lives all together. In the newest video of The Medical Futurist Youtube channel, I describe 9 examples.
Lift Labs designs a spoon that can cancel the tremor for Parkinson’s disease patients while they are having their meal.
The Wright Stuff offers a range of products that makes getting dressed easier for anyone who has lost the use of one of their hands. The company has Dressing Sticks, one-handed belt, sock aids, they even one-handed nail clippers for people.
Wearable cameras and augmented reality glasses could help patients with Alzheimer’s disease. These gadgets can snap hundreds of photos every day from their user’s perspective logging their lives this way.
Tablet-based applications such as Speak For Yourself put vocabularies of 13,000 words within a few touches on a screen. Plus, as the sound quality is improving, the voice becomes more and more natural.
MC10 develops a Biostamp that is thinner than a band-aid, and it has the size of just two postage stamps. It can be attached to any part of the body and the sensors monitor temperature, movements, heart rate, all these vital signs which can be transmitted wirelessly to an application, for example.
Even little ideas matter. A German senior center implemented the idea of using fake bus stops to prevent Alzheimer’s disease patients from wandering off. Because their short term memory is not intact, but while the long term memory works fine, therefore they know what the sign means and they stop. It is a huge success in Germany, now they want to bring it to several clinics.
Devices could be used for fall prevention to make sure when a patient falls down or there is an emergency situation, this sign could be transmitted wirelessly to the local clinic or hospital.
A company called Ybrain has built a wearable device based on neuroscience technology to specifically target brain regions using electrical signals that aim to reduce the symptoms of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
A company called GTX Corp developed a smart shoe with which patients can find the way home and they can orientate quite easily while walking around the street.
It’s time to significantly improve the lives of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease patients. If you know about other examples, technological solutions or gadgets, please share those!
Read more about the future of disease management in my recent book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine!
Working as a speaker and consultant with medical technology, pharmaceutical and web companies; as well as universities and governments worldwide, my mission as The Medical Futurist is to make sure the advances of technology lead to a better healthcare for everyone!
Here is my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine:
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.
I hope you will enjoy reading Scienceroll.com!
I got interviewed by Creation Healthcare in their Digital Key Opinion Leaders series. An excerpt:
Can you tell of a personal ‘valuable lesson learned’ about social media that you would like medical peers and students to be aware of?
My general rule of thumb is that there is no difference between the online and offline worlds. If there is something I would never do in the offline world, why would I do it online? I’ve been communicating online for at least 15 years by keeping this simple rule in mind.
What do you see (or hope to see) in the future of healthcare engagement and social technologies?
I want every medical professional and every empowered patient worldwide to feel connected to many others. Others who can help professionally or emotionally. When they have questions or just need a good word or support. Social media has the potentials to become this bridge between people.
I was very lucky to have the chance to conduct interviews with dozens of experts when I was writing my book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine. I learnt from them and used their insights for shaping my views about how technology will dramatically change medicine and healthcare in the upcoming years. Here is a list of people who and companies that helped predict the future:
- Professor Steve Mann, one of the first cyborgs
- Chris Dancy, the most connected man
- E-Patient Dave drBronkart, e-patient guru
- Denise Silber, organizer of Doctors 2.0 and You.
- Lucien Engelen, Director REshape Center for Innovation at Radboud University Medical Center
- Dr. Catherine Mohr, Vice President of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, developers of the da Vinci surgical robot
- Professor Robert S. Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Jack Andraka, inventor, scientist
- Dr. Rafael Grossmann, surgeon futurist, Google Glass user
- NerdCore Medical developing educational games in medicine
- Blake Hannaford, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Co-Founder at Applied Dexterity Inc.
- Jacob Rosen Ph.D., Professor at UCLA
- Joel Dudley, Ph.D., Director of Biomedical Informatics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School
- Edward Abrahams, Ph.D., President of the Personalized Medicine Coalition
- Professor Takao Someya, Organic Electronics
- Dr. David Albert, Founder & Chief Medical Officer at AliveCor
- Professor Anthony Atala, Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
- Organovo, bio 3D printing
- Michael Molitch-Hou, Author at 3D Printing Industry
- Ekso Bionics
- Robert Hester, PhD, University of Mississippi Medical Center
- Casey Bennett, Dept. of Informatics, Centerstone Research Institute
- András Paszternák, Ph.D., founder of nanopaprika.eu
- Organizers of the first cyborg Olympic Games, Cybathlon
- Davecat, the first technosexual
- Ian Pearson, futurist
Years ago when I was a medical student I felt that lexical knowledge was more important than actually being able to find the information I need. And now there are 23 million peer-reviewed papers on Pubmed.com so the skill of being able to find information is becoming even more important than ever.
I thought that medical curriculum should be redesigned in a way that now we can serve this new need for skills such as digital literacy. That is why I launched the world’s first university course focusing on social media, mobile health and the future of medicine. The course is still running with full house.
In my new video, I described methods that help us prepare students for becoming physicians who can take care of their patients in a technological world. Here is the video and then summaries of the 5 methods.
Developing e-learning platforms
I launched an e-learning platform for my students on which they can check all the presentations with hand-outs, data, studies, plus they can do the tests online. If they complete the tests online, they can skip the written exam.
Engaging students through social media
As all my medical students have Facebook accounts; challenges, tasks about online activities and questions about the topics covered during the lectures are posted every day during the semester on the Facebook page of the course and students with the most bonus points do not have to take the written exam. They fight against each other.
The typical curriculum requires students to study texts and data by heart without proper reasoning and understanding the logic behind it. Instead, study through serious diagnostic games has clear advantages. The “Healing Blade” card game takes the player into a world of sorcery and creatures where real–world knowledge of infectious diseases and therapeutics play a pivotal role in the winning strategy. “Occam’s Razor” is a real diagnostic card game released by NerdCore Medical.
Creating a digital environment
I offer students the chance to interact with each other outside the curriculum online. If they need help in using a social media channel, they can find me online and I’m happy to help. With some of them, I’m still in touch even years after they completed my course. This way they can learn the tricks of online collaboration and it might be a simpler task when they have to do it as a part of their everyday job.
Rethinking the whole curriculum
At Radboud University Medical Center, they are currently working on a revolutionary new medical curriculum. The educational vision behind this transformation has been inspired by people all over the world who want to improve people’s lives through healthcare and education. In this system, each student has a personal coach. They work with a so–called open space technology in which students themselves decide what will be addressed when students and teachers meet. Currently, biomedical and medical students also work as consultants for pharmaceutical companies in an attempt to come up with innovative ideas. These young students still have a lot to learn, but it seems they learn very quickly when under pressure.
Please share what you think either as a student or a lecturer and read more about the future of medical education in my recent book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine!
As a geek, let me tell you it’s quite simple to fall in love with a gadget or device at first sight. Although the way we try to stay healthy should not be controlled by technology or gadgets but by being proactive in our own health.
As many subscribers asked me about how I choose my own wearable devices for tracking health, I thought I would share the quality features I take a look at first so then you can make an informed decision when purchasing a wearable tracker.
A few things I check:
- Company behind the device
- App is updated regularly
- User reviews
- Money-back guarantee
- What do I want to measure
- How to access data
- How to export data
- Is it compatible with my smartphone
Read more about health wearables in The Guide to the Future of Medicine.