I really love reading and thought I would summarize those 9 books which I like the most focusing on the future of medicine, healthcare and technology. Please share your favorite ones with me!
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CNN has a great video report about an Irish company that plans to go against Theranos in the battle for the blood test market. They plan to develop a portable blood test in a box with which a lot of blood markers could be accessed right away at the doctor’s office. In The Guide to the Future of Medicine, I wrote about similar services including Labonfoil therefore there is a reason to believe that lab tests are about to dramatically change.
Excerpts from the CNN report:
One Irish company says it has developed the solution — a “clinic-in-a-box” that can test for a range of diseases or medical conditions in minutes, from just a single drop of blood.
“The physicians were crying out for a simple-to-use device,” Jerry O’Brien, a farmer’s son from Cork who broke with the family tradition to pursue a career in healthcare, told CNN.
“There was a huge unmet clinical need. It was very obvious from the start they wanted a simple device that would test for any condition off a finger-prick of blood within a matter of minutes.”
Watch the report here:
I’ve been saying that the goal is not have as many wearables on our body as we can put on ourselves, but to measure vital signs and health parameters when we need it in a comfortable way. Here is a digital tattoo that can measure glucose levels. The proof-of-concept study was just published and it’s time to bring the era of wireless diabetes management to patients.
The thin, flexible device created by nanoengineers at UCSD is based on the much bulkierGlucoWatch, a now-discontinued wristband that worked through the same glucose-sucking principal. But the electric current GlucoWatch used to attract glucose to the surface of the skin was too high, and wearers were not keen on the discomfort. This temporary tattoo gets around the problem by using a gentler but still effective current.
Bionicly came up with a list of influencers and thought leaders who, they think, will shape digital health in the year 2015. It’s a real honor to get into such a list with KevinMD.com, Susannah Fox or Eric Topol and others!
I’ve been working with major pharmaceutical companies for years creating digital strategies for them as well as designing ways to let them engage with their customers through social media. For long, it was a struggle as there was no clear guidance from FDA so we crowdsourced one.
Now Virginia Hughes asked my views on this for her Nature News report. Don’t miss this amazing summary of the whole social media and pharma story.
In the newest video of The Medical Futurist Youtube channel, I talk about how to tackle the information overload. Enjoy and please share your methods!
Just like you, every single day I face an ocean of information. It’s really hard to keep myself up-to-date in my fields of interest, it’s really hard to tackle the information overload. Although, I’ve been using some methods in order to let the information come to me instead of chasing that.