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.
My PhD supervisor is now spending 10 months at a US research center and it means we have to work remotely and also organize meetings via Skype and other communication channels. Well, regarding clinics, it might work. The prototype was created and designed by RoboDynamics.
Our robot TiLR is world’s first commercial Telepresence Robot which radically change the way people can work remotely by increasing throughput while simultaneously decreasing costs.
A remote worker would uses the robot as her physical avatar in the remote location. The net effect is that the remote worker performs exactly as she is there in person – which makes robotic telepresence unlike any other collaboration solution in existence today.
I just got an e-mail mentioning the role AT&T would like to play in telemedicine and remote patient monitoring. Here is a comprehensive review about this, and I thought I would share some real examples now.
The term telehealth— the use of telecommunications to share healthcare services and information–encompasses multiple aspects of healthcare: teleconferencing, conversion of medical records to digital form, and collaboration among healthcare providers who all have the same information.
Potentially more exciting is the use of telecommunications to remotely monitor patients’ health and relay medical and biometric information directly from the home to doctors and health facilities, all within seconds. Remote monitoring is possible with a new generation of small, inexpensive sensors with very low power requirements. The new sensors, benefiting from recent advances in miniaturization, are as accurate as hospital-grade equipment of just a few years ago, at a fraction of the cost.
Lusheng Ji of AT&T Labs Research discusses wireless-network health research projects, including smart slippers and remote monitoring of pill-taking.
Demonstration of remote patient monitoring at the HIMSS 2010 conference.
Telestroke enables emergency video consults about serious neurological issues. If you want to learn about projects and experiences of the Mayo Clinic in the field of telestroke, Medting helps you. Register here.
Bart M. Demaerschalk, MD, MSc, FRCP(C)
Director Cerebrovascular Diseases Center
Associate Professor of Neurology
Division of Cerebrovascular Diseases
Division of Critical Care Neurology
Department of Neurology
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Dr. Demaerschalk has wide experience in Teleictus projects and Telemedicine networks, particularly with the launch of First International Teleictus Network.