I just received some books I plan to read in the next couple of weeks. As I mentioned earlier, in my journey of becoming a medical futurist from a doctor, I need to retrain myself and such books are of great help. Have I missed something from the recently published ones?
I’ve had two direct-to-consumer genomic tests before with Navigenics and Pathway Genomics. The topic of analyzing the genetic background to make decisions about lifestyle is really close to my heart, although as someone with a PhD in clinical genomics I know exactly what scientific limitations those companies have to face. Therefore I was glad to get a chance to order a Gentle genetic test and see how they try to tackle these problems. Gentle will sequence all my genes and test me for 1700+ medical conditions.
Here is a short interview with Peter Schols, CEO of Gentle Labs.
How does Gentle differ from all those direct-to-consumer genetic companies?
Gentle is different in many ways:
- We screen for over 1700 conditions, which is 5 times more than our closest competitor
- We screen more markers per condition, making our test more accurate and reliable
- We offer great mobile and web apps, check out our iPad app
- We don’t just dump results into people’s web accounts: we have genetic counseling with a medical doctor built-in
Prospective customers should have a look at this page for more info
How can companies performing sequencing compete with the next generation sequencing paradise in Beijing (Beijing Genomics Institute)?
We don’t want to compete on the sequencing itself: we outsource all lab work. Our focus is on DNA storage, DNA-analysis and on the communication of genetic test results.
The key part in a DTC genomic analysis is genetic counseling. Do your customers get access to such help in interpreting their results?
Absolutely, we have two levels of genetic counseling built-in: first of all, all test results are communicated by a medical doctor with a specialisation in medical genetics, through a teleconference. We have an exclusive agreement with Royal Doctors to provide our clients with the best medical geneticists worldwide. Alternatively, clients can choose to have the results communicated by their own doctor.
Secondly, our own Gentle geneticists are available to answer any questions our clients might have, whether it’s before taking the test or after discussing the results with the doctor. They’re are always there to help.
I cannot wait to get my results back which I will publish here as well.
A new Kickstarter project, Shadow, plans to allow users to record their dreams and upload them into the cloud for data analysis. It would also work as an advanced and clever alarm clock.
Sleep is where some of humanity’s most incredible creations got their start. Yet, we forget 95% of our dreams within five minutes of waking up. That’s a huge amount of data—with unfathomable of potential—we forget each day, all because we don’t have a good way to record and understand it. What would happen if we remembered? Even better, what if we learned to make sense of it? We’re here to find out.
It was a huge pleasure to announce that E-Patient Dave, the world’s leading e-patient, would present in my university course entitled Social Media in Medicine on the 5th of November in Budapest. The presentation took place as a part of the curriculum, but I made the event public so anyone could attend.
Dave gave a great presentation about how e-patients shape the future of healthcare and my students had some interesting questions. He was like a rock star!
I finished the Futuremed course at NASA organized by the Singularity University this February, therefore it was a pleasure to find out they would come to Budapest on the 15th and 16th of November in their first European summit to present what they are working on.
I’ll live tweet about both days on my channel @Berci.
I was invited to present my story with Webicina.com in a project organized by Design Terminal. They cover the windows of empty shops with posters describing success startup stories in the streets of Budapest. Here is mine. Social media sometimes meets real life opportunities.
As a medical futurist, I work on bringing disruptive technologies to medicine & healthcare; assisting medical professionals and students in using these in an efficient and secure way; and educating e-patients about how to become equal partners with their caregivers.
I publish a daily newsletter about the future of medicine, and share related news almost every hour on Twitter. Scienceroll.com is updated on a regular basis about the future of healthcare with an emphasis on social media. Here is my white paper, The Guide to the Future of Medicine.
I launched The Social MEDia Course, the e.learning format of my university course focusing on medicine and social media for medical students, physicians and also patients with Prezis, tests and gamification.
My recent keynote at TEDxNijmegen:
I hope you will enjoy reading Scienceroll.com!