I will show this video to all medical students who attend my “Social Media in Medicine” course at Semmelweis Medical School. I think it will help them understand the offline-online balance.
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A blog focusing on issues related to design presented an amazing idea developed by Yahoo! Japan. The “Hands on Search” lets visually impaired children search for something with voice control and the device prints the object in 3D. See it yourself in the video below:
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.
I gave a talk about crowdsourcing a medical diagnosis on Twitter at TEDxNijmegen this April (see the video below) and I already knew the organizers had something really innovative in mind for the next event as well.
Look at the extraordinary format:
Opening the 24 hour challenge in Nijmegen we’ll travel Westwards with the daylight around the Globe with healthcare institutions to host a slot with great idea’s, content, innovations and stories about healthcare. One timezone at a time we will run this conference LIVE in the internet. 24 hour after the start we’ll have a closing ceremony in Nijmegen again.
Here is the official trailer:
Please someone help me understand why the evil Agent Smith from Matrix is used in the advertisement of General Electric’s new hospital software with such dramatic background music? I might be too conservative now, but advertising a hospital software this way in an era when doctors are threatened to lose their job because of super computers (they won’t), is certainly not a good idea and I don’t think it’s funny.
The new Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch was just presented and based on its features it has the potential to replace medical pagers while smartphones could not make this step.
- Obviously, it works like a watch.
- It can record videos.
- Play music.
- Has a pedometer
- Make phone calls
- Has its own applications
- Weather, taking notes, sending messages and many more.
After fulfilling my childhood dream of becoming a doctor and a geneticist, I decided to make a brave change in my academic career and started discovering the steps needed to become a medical futurist. There is no clear path or course for that, therefore I try to reveal more and more pieces of information about this exciting journey in this series of blog entries.
In the journey so far, I’ve described what it means to become a medical futurist, I’ve been sharing reports about the key trends of technological advances determining the future of medicine and healthcare (part one and two); Stanford Medical School asked me to talk about the future of mobile health in a short film (below), moreover I’m working on a white paper about the future which should be published early September.
Recently, I’ve had a chance to talk and share views with Joe Flower, healthcare futurist of over 30 years of experience; and Ian Pearson, futurologist and author of You Tomorrow. What I wanted to discuss with them is the thin line between collecting trends and aspects about the future and working as a futurist; and they shared very important pieces of advice with me.
In a nutshell, the key is responsibility. Providing predictions about the future and assuming that such technologies will be used by people is relatively easy, compilation of trends is even easier, but coming up with concepts and trend waves which determine the real practical future of medicine taking economics and demographics into consideration, well that is the real job of a medical futurist.
Let me give you an example. In 1950, the hospital of the future was described in this short video featuring baby drawers and lamps in the OR. It underscores the notion that predicting the future of medicine is extremely hard. Some special developments might get finalized in months, while other obvious ones might need decades.
Nowadays, we have to deal with issues such as cyborg overlords, simulating brain activity with computers, bionic eye implants, the ethical dimensions of radical life extension, self-guided intubation robots, or smartwatches.
It means making accountable predictions requires advanced systems thinking, therefore I’m starting this open course now.
I want to be a medical futurist who not just collects the current trends and compiles them, but comes up with reasoning that lets all stakeholders of medicine prepare better for the future.
In order to strengthen this position, I will launch a daily newsletter about the future of healthcare soon.
The 7th step will be about the methods used by futuristic studies.
Steps taken so far:
One of the trending topics of the last couple of years has clearly been 3D printing as it has a lot to offer not only in medicine and healthcare but in any industries as well. How useful printing medical devices in underdeveloped areas could be, or even printing simpler drugs. But imagine a world in which you can print living materials and tissues.
A PopSci article described how a bioprinter works, here is the simplified process:
- Step 1: Engineers load one syringe with a bio-ink containing tens of thousands of parenchymal liver cells and a second syringe with a bio-ink containing non-parenchymal liver cells.
- Step 2: Software on a PC wired to the bioprinter instructs a stepper motor attached to the robotic arm to begin printing a mold (arranged in a honeycomb pattern).
- Step 3: A sensor tracks the tip of each syringe as it moves along and determines where the first syringe should be positioned.
- Step 4: The robotic arm lowers the pump head with the first syringe, which fills the honeycomb with parenchymal cells.
- Step 5: Engineers remove the well plate and place it in an incubator. There, the cells continue fusing to form the complex matrix of a liver tissue.
A similar process in action when Chinese scientists are successfully 3D printing living human kidneys is demonstrated in the video:
To produce mass amounts of the living cells, samples of human kidney cells are cultured in large volumes and blended with hydrogel, a water- and nutrition-rich material that makes up the 3D printed kidneys’ base. Afterwards, the printed cells can survive for up to four monthsin a lab thanks to this gel’s rich nutrient source.
The New York Times also has a great video about this topic.
But there is a huge technological issue. Printing something new in 3D requires detailed knowledge and prepared models. Therefore people now print objects of which the models are already available online. A solution might be provided by Makerbot Digitizer which actually replicates objects and print them in 3D. Again, imagine the same thing with living tissues.
It’s much more futuristic than just printing 3D objects, but its time will come.
A clinic in Germany started experimenting with an application using augmented reality on iPads in the OR. During operations, surgeons can see through anatomical structures such as blood vessels in the liver without opening organs therefore they can perform more precise excisions.
A CT scan is performed before the surgery and the imaged vessels are identified within software, all of which is then transferred to the iPad. During the procedure the surgeon can navigate the imaged liver to see where the vessels are, and if the camera is turned on and pointed at the exposed liver the app automatically superimposes the vessel structure of the organ onto the live picture. Notably, the app is not simply a concept, but was already tested successfully during a liver tumor removal at Asklepios Klinik Barmbek in Hamburg.
Years ago, I wrote about an experiment of similar kind performed at the Computer Assisted Medical Procedures Institute at the Technische Universitat München.
The technology is now there, we just have to put evidence behind using it in practice. Exciting times ahead!