Day 3 of FutureMed and this long day was centered around personalized genomics/medicine, design in healthcare and the future of medical intervention.
Also see Medgadget and the Futuremed Magazine for recaps. And here is day 1 and day 2.
- David Ewing Duncan quantifies himself and has had 22 500 genetic traits analyzed, 22 hours of brain MRI, and over clinical 1000 tests. He used the expression environgenomics for describing the importance of the environmental factors in developing diseases. He also had an experiment when his brain was analyzed with MRI and looked for signs of excitement while watching different types of films. In the future, we might be able to get film recommendations based on our brain MRI.
- Nic Volker was the first boy to be saved because of next generation sequencing.
- In 2014, cost of whole genome sequencing will be the same as an X-Ray.
- Biocurious and iGEM bring biotechnology to very young students around the world. Procedures in molecular biology that have been used by researchers could be used by students now.
- Beers that fight cancer or contain caffeine can be brewed with genetically modified yeast species.
- Microbes can create circuits by producing silicon on a Petri dish.
- Andrew Hessel: The Beijing Genome Institute sequences more genomes than all the other centers around the world together.
- Biotech is going to be the new IT industry.
- If cells are cell phones, viruses are the applications.
- Atul Butte: With Gene Expression Omnibus, students can download genetic data as they download music from iTunes. (video below)
- Ajay Verma said that we should be prepared for EEG controlled games (Star Wars Force Trainer).
- Catherine Mohr talked about surgical robots.
Simple suggestions about controlling aging.
Surgical workshop (I haven’t practiced that since the first years of medical school).
Music played on a smartphone can induce dancing movements electronically on the leg of a cockroach. Biohacking!
Finally, Lucien Engelen arrived.
Data storage of the Apollo program in an old McDonald’s on this campus.
Steven Schwaitzberg had a great TED talk about developing a technology which combines video conferencing and a real-time universal translator while teaching laparoscopic surgery.
An amazing video about the technological singularity:
I had a chance to watch the film The Singularity is Near featuring Ray Kurzweil. Now here is a new, very condensed film about Singularity by Doug Wolens:
Director Doug Wolens speaks with leading futurists, computer scientists, artificial intelligence experts, and philosophers who turn over the question like a Rubik’s Cube. Those who insist this paradigm shift is only decades away emphasize that we’re on the cusp of creating nanotech machines that patrol our bloodstream and repair cellular damage, athletes with jacked-up genetic code who sprint like gazelles, an Internet that downloads directly to the mind, and medical labs with computer-replicated brains working by the thousands to cure disease.
Everyone has heard about the new Graph Search function on Facebook. It says “Want to start a book club or find a gym buddy? Connect with friends who like the same activities—and meet new people, too.” It will let Facebook users do searches by choosing different parameters (e.g. who goes to the same gym as me and is single).
Well, many bloggers are optimistic about this launch and think it will be used in medicine too. I don’t think so and everyone should hope I’ll be right. It’s fun to identify friends in my community who I share the same multiple interests with (e.g. sci-fi and reading books), but the same concept in medicine just should not work. Here are examples what Michael Spitz came up with:
- “What do my friends think about HIV?”
- “Do any of my friends have erectile dysfunction?”
- “Have any of my friends had a bad reaction to taking Drug X?”
- “What do you think about Dr. Y?”
- “How was your stay at hospital Z?”
Only a minority of Facebook users would add the medical conditions they have to their profile; or publish a post about a side effect of a new drug they are taking. As such data would not be added to Facebook, it will not be used for search. Moreover, if Facebook makes it clear to my friends which gym I go to, that’s OK as far as this is within the privacy borders I set; but making clear which conditions I have or which drugs I take is just not the function I expect from a social networking site.
WolframAlpha works fine because data are added in a professional, anonymous and structured way. See all the medical examples they have.
There are other platforms such as Yandex Wonder doing the same as Facebook Graph but in a much better quality and with much more data (its access to Facebook was blocked when Facebook Graph was released, what a “coincidence”). But it still might not be used for medical purposes.
So expect to see this kind of search engines in the near future, but hopefully this new feature will not breach the privacy of patients and doctors on Facebook.
David Hale posted a video of a presentation he gave at IgniteDC #8 about what he learnt from his genome regarding medical decisions and ancestry as an adopted boy. Amazing story.
In this over-shared/liked/tweeted world, sometimes it’s good to disconnect to connect more.
Hat tip: Clinical Cases and Images
Just like last year, now it’s time to publish my predictions for the new year regarding healthcare, medical technology and innovation. It seems year by year many of these predictions prove to be right which makes me glad. I hope the same thing will happen to these predictions.
- Flexible mobile phones will be released: Flexible glass makes such developments possible. Medical professionals will love these as they are literally unbreakable. The PC era is clearly over.
- Fewer health-related mobile app downloads: Last year a decline in the number of downloaded smartphone apps was reported, but don’t worry, that’s a positive step. Now instead of downloading every medical app just to show them to our peers, we will use them with strategy and will make the right choices.
- Google Glasses will hit the world market and healthcare: By bringing digital information and data in front of your eyes, it can have a bright future in everyday medicine either in the OR or during a regular examination.
- Google+ communities will prove to be better than Facebook groups: Google+ Communities are relatively new, but I discovered more news items and posts which are relevant to my topics in the last few weeks than on Facebook during the last few years.
- Robotic Exoskeletons will become widely used: It’s time to use all those military and robotic developments to help the everyday lives of paralyzed people in many ways.
- First humanoid robots to be “born”: I’m not saying such humanoid robots would play any kind of a role in our lives now, but this certainly is going to be a very important step. Be prepared to see them in hospitals in the coming years.
- FDA does not publish a clear guide about using social media by pharma: A year ago we published our crowdsourced and open-access guide for pharma but we do need the FDA to come out with a clear set of guidelines. Well, they won’t do that in 2013.
- Windows tablets on the rise: I have an Android tablet, my friends use iPad and iPad Mini so I pretty much know all the pros and cons for these two systems, but when I tried Microsoft Surface, I was amazed. It definitely has a future in healthcare. Elder members in our family can learn how to use a tablet in days, even if they couldn’t learn how to use a computer for years.
- Cost of whole genome sequencing goes under $1000: It is possible in many laboratories from Oxford to China to sequence a total human genome for less than $1000 in less than a few hours, but it should be widely available in 2013 as an affordable service.
- Some smartphone apps get evidence based background: There are more and more studies focusing on whether certain smartphone apps and concepts can be used in medicine and healthcare, therefore as the amount of evidence grows, doctors should be able to prescribe mobile apps for their patients besides drugs and therapies.
- Robotic telepresence in rural hospitals: When geographical distances cause a serious limitation, we need to turn to digital technologies, but using Skype cannot always be a solution. Robotic telemedical systems should appear in such areas in 2013.
- LinkedIn gets close to Facebook and Google+: Regarding the professional use of social networks, LinkedIn is far more useful and efficient than Facebook and maybe better than Google+. Following the right moves and steps, I expect LinkedIn to become the most respected social network.
- No hospital can live without social media accounts: This has been a clear trend for years, and now it’s time for every hospital manager to accept the challenge and the importance of using social networks to keep in touch with (future) patients.
- IBM’s Watson in the medical practice. IBM’s supercomputer is being tested now at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and it should become an integrated part of medical decision making this year.
- Health/medical businesses focus more on Twitter than on Facebook: This comes from my own experience. While Facebook ads can help you get your message to a lot of people, Twitter is more precise in communication. While it requires a different strategy, it can be more successful in conversion.
As usual, please feel free to add your tips in the comment section!
Just like last year, I again collect the most important and interesting news about the relationship between medicine/healthcare and social media, so here are my favorite stories from 2012 selected and featured month by month.
There was a support for Bald Barbie campaign on Facebook, a funny Nature documentary showing pharma reps in the wild, the most amusing medical story ever about how not to communicate new scientific information, the Hands-Only CPR video with Vinnie Jones and my keynote at Games for Health.
The world’s first Live-Tweeted Open-Heart Surgery was reported, how to get better at online search, the e-patient became a patient again, ambulance crews tweeted ‘working life, I explained what I use Twitter for with 10,000 followers and Medical Social Media Curation was described:
Telemedicine was predicted in 1925, a patient designed an infographic about 20 years of medical history, developments about the social media guide were published, we initiated a directory of European Doctor Twitterers and The Social MEDia Course was launched!
6 Cool Things People Have Done Inside MRI Scanners, the first open Facebook page launched by a pharma company was over, digital literacy in the medical curriculum became available worldwide, and a doctor reviewed the episodes of House, MD.
Teaching older physicians about social media is tricky, Microsoft’s new community site, So.cl was launched, how a blog post can turn into a community, Facebook’s organ donor campaign was not successful, and the #HCSM Leaderboard was revealed.
10 physicians to follow on Twitter, we visualized the #MDChat medical Twitter hashtag, we had the first graduate of The Social MEDia Course, Doctors 2.0 and You 2012 was the event of the year, I published an open letter to pharma about employing a Wikipedian, a social media guide for authors of medical resources was released and I described the way I filter information online through crowdsourcing.
I was mentioned in the TIME magazine, we did a podcast about pharma and Wikipedia, I was in a list with Barack Obama, I tried to help a husband crowdsource the diagnosis of his wife, and my keynote video about Facing Traditional Medicine as a Geek was uploaded.
Patients Sued Physician Over Online Photos, fake bus stop keeps Alzheimer’s patients from wandering off were reported, the very first website was still accessible, there was a great social media cancer campaign with a celebrity, and the way patients choose doctors online was described in a comic.
A brain cancer patient wanted to crowdsource his diagnosis, the first social game of pharma was launched, the real anatomy of a Barbie was revealed, I started documenting my steps towards becoming a medical futurist, and I spoke at Harvard.
An amazing breast cancer self-check iPad ad was presented, how to deal with patients on Facebook, I spoke at TEDxYouth and in Denmark, the second step towards becoming a medical futurist, and the Key Trends in the Future of Medicine: E-Patients, Communication and Technology:
The first smartphone was 20 years old (as well as the first text message), the ultimate health startup resources guide was published, a positive pregnancy test diagnosed a man’s cancer on Reddit, and I got a PhD in clinical genomics.
Curēus, an open-access medical journal with crowdsourcing was launched, I published my PhD thesis, I had an interview about telehealth, I was among the top ten Internet-Smart Doctors in the World, and it turned out we are digital junkies.
I’m going to post my predictions for 2013 soon and I hope you will stay with me on Scienceroll.com next year as well!
I found this video about how Thomson Reuters helps researchers transform a scientific discovery into a life-saving drug interesting. I’ve never heard about such services in research.