Recently, I’ve been coming across plenty of news articles and posts about the moonshot for health. It might be a coincidence but I just visited a team that is competing in the Google Lunar X Prize challenge. The Puli Space Team is based in Hungary but their moonshot is to get a probe on the moon which takes 500 meters and transmits HD video and images back to Earth.
With access to information, resources and expertise, as well as with crowdfunding now everything is literally possible.
The mission of Puli Space Technologies is to develop the new techniques required to routinely send spacecraft to the Moon, to explore new frontiers and to provide quality services for forward-thinking investors interested in commercializing space.
As the project has to be funded privately (90%), please feel free to help them through the Small Step Club.
Molly Stevens had a great TED talk about a new way to grow bone.
What does it take to regrow bone in mass quantities? Typical bone regeneration — wherein bone is taken from a patient’s hip and grafted onto damaged bone elsewhere in the body — is limited and can cause great pain just a few years after operation. In an informative talk, Molly Stevens introduces a new stem cell application that harnesses bone’s innate ability to regenerate and produces vast quantities of bone tissue painlessly.
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:
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?