Steve and I attended the following talk together.
SxSWi: Making Medicine DemocraticSpeaker: Eric Topol, Director of Scripps Institute
The democratization of medicine is happening very quickly now.
- Patients are driving health care.
- Ubiquitous data is available across the globe.
- Moore's law is coming to medicine: technology is cheaper, faster, smaller
Issues that this democratization will help:
- Fourth leading cause of death in US: Medication errors
- Serious errors in diagnoses
- Instead of mass screening, now we can have individual precision.
Some current and near-future technology
- Google medical map of each person: demographic, anatomic, genomes -- from pre-conception to post-death
- Fetal sequencing: Also get info on mother, ex: cancer
- ECG through a smart phone.
- Apple Watch heart rate and glucose-every-minute app (and much more coming soon)
- Blood pressure watch
- Monitors to sense and track seizures, oxygen saturation, ECG
- Band aid to detect sleep apnea, respiratory rate
- Brain waves headband
- View skin lesions through a phone with microscope
- Environmental trackers, such as radiation
- Soon: Do all your blood tests through a smart phone
- Soon: Add an otoscope to a phone and perform ENT exams
- Soon: Perform x-Rays on a phone and send digital file to the radiologist
- In Rwanda, diagnose HIV and syphilis in minutes for pennies.
- Diagnose Ebola remotely
- Health Care: Africa's Next Mobile Revolution
- Researching how to help those with mental health issues. People are more comfortable interacting with an avatar than a person.
What consumers need to do
- Ask how much it's going to cost! There are apps that consolidate costs by area.
- Weigh in on privacy issues. Who should have access to your DNA or medical history?
- Participate in remote large group studies. Enroll in ResearchKit. "Now everybody can do their part to help medical research."
What providers need to do
- Understand that on-demand medicine is here. 1 in 6 visits were virtual last year.
- Build healthier hospitals!