The Pillcam, a swallowable tiny camera that takes a lot of pictures while it goes through the digestive system, got approved by the FDA. Do you remember The Jetsons? They predicted it many many years ago.
And here is how it works:
I’ve been watching closely the developments related to the use of Google Glass in medicine. Once I wrote that start-ups focusing on Google Glass and medicine should be able to join accelerators and incubators. Fortunately, this step has been taken as Palomar Health and Qualcomm Life teamed up to build an incubator for developers called Glassomics.
Here is a video describing what Glassomics can do:
Just like last year, I again collected the most important and interesting news about social media, medicine and the future of healthcare; therefore here are the most popular stories from 2013 month by month.
Healthcare should be centered around the patient and the hospital experience should be entirely redesigned. Medical professionals should act as partners with their patients and as patients will measure any health parameters about themselves at home, the process of delivering healthcare will be totally different. Do you think it’s futuristic?
See what the Danish government came up with:
For those not tracking with the ambitious Danish experiment to leverage technology – specifically telemedicine – to restructure their community based and selectively ‘inefficient’ hospital centric delivery system see: ‘Restructuring & modernizing the hospital sector’, ‘Potential gains from hospital mergers in Denmark‘ or ‘Widespread Adoption of InformationTechnology in Primary Care Physician Offices in Denmark: A Case Study.’
Who has never heard about the hit song, “what does the fox say“? But who thought medical students at Harvard Medical School could be that creative/funny/weird?
After I published my white paper, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, the feedback was amazing and I had several really interesting (sometimes mind-blowing) discussions. One of these resulted in the idea of collecting those movies that predict, picture and demonstrate the future of medicine. Feel free to add your choices! Enjoy!
A futuristic world where there is no sickness mostly due to the multi-functional radiology machine you can see in the trailer as well. It checks your body in seconds, tells you what disease you have and cures you immediately.
This movie demonstrated the dark future of genomics with genomically “inferior” people and what happens if we do not prepare the society for the opportunities and challenges genomics will provide in the future.
This Ridley Scott masterpiece analyzes the relationship between people and their bioengineered replicants. How will we live together? Will there be a hierarchy between us? Will there be differences between us?
Terry Gilliam’s film demonstrated the potential side effects of being able to live far longer than before and how people can become addicted to rejuvenating plastic surgery.
This very unique film shows the use of a real medical tricorder in action. This small device can analyze, spot and detect diseases as well as, obviously, cure them right there. It also discusses the deep philosophical details of using robots and clones for everyday tasks and what our responsibility will be.
This Steven Spielberg film described perfectly what it is going to be like living with robots that look and live just like people but use artificial intelligence. How they will live together with us?
What if we could erase parts from our memories? Or even add new memories? I’m pretty sure the makers of the film did not have optogenetics in mind back then, but now we are truly moving towards an era when these things become possible.
Yes, this movie was released in 1956 but you should really watch it as it gives a thoughtful picture of the future (and partially today’s world). The key part of the film is that people become capable of augmenting their own intelligence and it leads to serious consequences.
Will we ever be able to upload or download data from our minds? The movie is about the implantation of another person’s idea into someone else’s subconscious. A mind-blowing film.
With the advancements of robotic interventions in surgery, it is expected that we will be able to develop robots that can perform operations themselves without human supervision or intervention. It was perfectly demonstrated in this sci-fi. The video contains disturbing scenes.
In an aging society, it is going to be more and more important and challenging to take care of the elderly population. This movie focuses on a robot with artificial intelligence that can do this job in almost a human way.
You think 3D printing is a trending topic these days? Now that researchers could print out biomaterials such as kidney or liver issue, we might soon print out organs or the whole human body based on the blueprint (DNA) as pictured by this Luc Besson movie.
Again, I wish I was a medical student now. To show you another reason why, the New Scientist just released a video in which layers of stretchy skin, hard bone and jelly-like tumour in a 3D-printed model skull give surgeons an experience that feels just like the real thing.
I just came across a startup competing in the Global Startup Battle that produced a nice application backed by a great idea in just 54 hours. I’m supporting ARYS in the competition.
ARYS is a smartphone app that features the possibility to add photos, music, text and video to a place as a geotag and share it with the public, so later on anyone can see it when they pass by using the ARYS app. ARYS is a revolutionary application that lets you leave your MARK in the city so others can see it later. With the help of ARYS you can leave a AR message very easy for the public or a friend at a certain spot in the city.
We will see similar techniques soon in the OR as well. Here is how Go Pro cameras and Google Glass can be used in medical training.
Optogenetics is a neuromodulation technique using a combination of methods from optics and genetics to control the activity of individual neurons in living tissue. Optogenetics will provide new solutions in therapies. A recent study published in Science reported that scientists were able to create false memories in the hippocampus of mice. This is the first time fear memory was generated via artificial means. By time, we will understand the placebo effect clearly; and just imagine the outcomes we can reach when false memories of taking drugs can be generated in humans as well. The ultimate goal is to be able to modulate our senses, repair lost senses or even perform specific DNA targeting with femtosecond laser.
Well, here is a great new explanation from MIT News:
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!