I was invited to write an article about 10 ways technology will save our lives in the future for CNN.com and I was happy to do so. It was featured today on the main page of CNN. I hope you will find it useful. Here is the introduction:
The medical and healthcare sectors are in the midst of rapid change, and it can be difficult to see which new technologies will have a long-lasting impact.
Ideally, the future of healthcare will balance innovative medical technologies with the human touch. Here, I’ve outlined the trends most likely to change our lives, now or in the near future.
I’ve been massively writing about the potentials of Google Glass in healthcare and while I got an invitation, I couldn’t test it myself as I’m not a US citizen.
This prezi gives you a clear picture about what surgeons would expect from wearing Google Glass. But here are 3 other examples.
Remote virtual surgery via Google Glass and telepresence:
From Oculus Rift to Smart Glass: world-changing future products getting their start today:
RealView 3D Live Intraoperative Holography Using Philips Imaging (VIDEO): Imagine when you can do this with Google Glass!
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.
Video consultation with doctors is becoming a routine part of the care offered by the Stanford Hospital & Clinics. The technology behind it is not a real innovation, it was already introduced on the island of Hawaii in 2008, but it’s good to see such a prestigious hospital joining the world of telemedicine.
Patients can schedule video visits through the hospital website, in much the same way as they would schedule a traditional visit and provide information about their symptoms in advance of the visit through the scheduling application. At the appointed time, they meet with the doctor in a Web-based videoconference from a home or workplace computer equipped with a webcam.
Now that we know what elements and points are needed to design a much better healthcare system, what’s next?
A landmark report by the Royal College of Physicians in response to the NHS crisis has outlined 50 measures to modernise the service to cope with the demands of an ageing population, but critics question if there is the political will or money to make it a reality.
In a few more years, in rural areas it’s going to feel like a doctor is there with the patient while the doc is miles away although the iRobot will be in its place.
iRobot even retooled itself to build an emerging technologies group, announcing a partnership with InTouch Health to put its AVA telepresence technology to better use. Today the two companies are announcing the fruits of their labor — the Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant, or RP-VITA. The project aims to combine the best of iRobot’s AVA telepresence units with InTouch health’s own bots, creating an easy to use system that allows physicians to care for patients remotely without stumbling over complicated technology.
Jay Parkinson, MD found a great picture showing that telemedicine was predicted in 1925.
Do you remember the video in which Arthur C. Clarke described how future doctors in Edinburgh could operate patients in New Zealand? Back in 1964? What about our own predictions for the future?
There are more and more premature children and their situation for their parents is dramatic. They would love to be with the newborn 24 hours a day, but in most cases they obviously cannot. At the Dutch UMC Ultrecht, they launched a project under the name Telebaby, in which cameras were installed at the incubators and parents can watch their child live 24 hours a day through even a mobile device.
Of course, the system is password protected, so only the affected parents can access the specific video channels. Isn’t it great? A very human, but not that expensive idea, a really Dutch approach.