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Tech Trends Shaping The Future Of Medicine, Part 1

Tech Trends Shaping The Future Of Medicine, Part 1 | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way.  These trends have a variety of stakeholders: patients, medical professionals, researchers, medical students, and consumers.  They are important because of the impact they will likely have on all of us at one time or another.  To get an overview of the trends in healthcare technology, we turned to Dr. Bertalan Meskó, medical futurist and author of The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology and the Human Touch.  In it, he identifies several areas that he believes will shape the future of medicine and healthcare for decades to come.

Meskó’s predictions easily fall into two categories.  The first group of trends, descried below, involve concepts already underway today, or those that will likely have an impact on us in the near future.  (Part 2 of this article discusses a second group of tech trends that are still several years away or in much earlier stages of development).


Gamifying health
Games are ubiquitous on our computers and phones, and increasing numbers of them are designed to have a positive impact beyond simply killing time.  Combining fun and games into healthcare apps can motivate the patient and collect data needed to make informed decisions on daily activities that contribute to one’s health.  “An estimated 50% of patients with chronic diseases do not follow the prescribed treatment,” says Meskó.  “Gamified health tracking creates an environment that keeps the patient from straying from the appropriate therapy path.”

Empowered patients
Patients will become equal partners with their caregivers.  Healthcare is moving beyond the hospital, and shifting towards patient self-knowledge and empowerment.  The Internet has led to many people (for better or worse) researching their symptoms and diagnosing and treating themselves.  While that extreme should be avoided whenever traditional healthcare providers are available, there’s no way to put the genie back in the bottle in terms of patients educating themselves.  Rather, healthcare professionals should embrace the change and guide patients in participating in their own care.  New technologies will finally help medical professionals focus more on the patient as a human being instead of spending time hunting down pertinent information.  They will be able to do what they do best – provide care with expertise.  In turn, patients will get the chance to be equal partners in their healthcare.  As Meskó puts it, “Healthcare cannot really advance without physicians letting their patients help themselves.”

Telemedicine and remote care
Home healthcare services and innovative technology will allow for doctor-patient connectivity where it had not been previously possible, saving both lives and money.  Patient monitoring before, during, and after a procedure can now include autonomous robots, such as iRobot’s RP-VITA.

Re–thinking the medical curriculum
Medical schools will prepare future physicians for a world full of e-patients and dazzling technology.  It takes many years to go from studying to practicing medicine.  During that time, what students are learning is constantly changing in the real world.  The old-fashioned textbook is a static learning piece in a dynamic professional field with integrated, innovative technology.  Digital classrooms will create new connections between students and healthcare professionals and allow for access to the most current information and resources.

Surgical and humanoid robots
Robotic-assisted surgery enhances the skill of the surgeon and allows for less invasive procedures.  Advanced robots will be able to perform an operation from continents away, with precision beyond what a surgeon’s hand can do.  Robots may never fully take over a surgical room due to their weak versatility and adaptability compared to humans, but they will become much more integrated into surgical teams.

Genomics and truly personalized medicine
DNA analysis will become a standard step when prescribing medicine or treatment, to ensure it is personalized and optimized for that particular patient’s metabolic background.  This kind of specificity, according to Meskó, “will make it possible to define disease in terms similar to GPS coordinates.”

Body sensors
Technology is allowing us to measure critical health parameters in convenient and inexpensive ways.  Tiny, wearable, sensors collect data without inferring with our daily lives in order to make better, more informed quantifiable decisions.  Electronic clothing paired with sensors is one outlet used to collect such data.

Medical tricorders and portable diagnostics
The fictional medical tricorder from Star Trek is soon to be a reality.  Diagnostic procedures are shifting towards devices that are portable and able to be performed from home.  Medical mobile applications will be prescribed with patient customization. “The smartphone will be the hub of the future of medicine,” says Meskó, “serving as a health-medical dashboard.”

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) biotechnology
Cheaper technology and a DIY spirit are generating a new generation of scientists and engineers who see no limitations in research.  Community biology labs are popping up around the world, connecting inventors, amateurs, and anyone curious to experiment with equipment and education.  The resulting innovation in biotech has the potential for disruptive solutions that will further change the way medicine is practiced.

The 3D printing revolution
3D printers can manufacture medical equipment, prostheses, or even drugs.  They will also play a vital role in regenerative medicine, to create tissues with blood vessels, bone, heart valves, ear cartilage, synthetic skin, and even organs.  With its increasing affordability and open source engineering, the applications for 3D printing are incredibly vast and beneficial.

Iron Man: powered exoskeletons and prosthetics
Exoskeleton suits have enabled partially-paralyzed individuals to walk again.  Increasing the precision of motor control and recreating natural sensation will eventually create real-time communication between the prosthetic and the brain.  Until then, says Meskó, “The real challenge for companies is to design devices that can almost perfectly mimic the complex movements of hands and legs.”




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i look forward to its application in the field of  telemedicine  and remote care.

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This source talks about the future of robots in many different fields amongst the medical profession. All off these robots will greatly improve the way patients receive treatment.

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Welcome to Note.ly

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Notes, reminders, lists, links, images. Note.ly helps you keep track of all of these visually on a single online canvas instead of notes stuck to your computer, desk or fridge.

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A nice simple online stickynotes application.

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mHealth and Digital Masters : Novartis Vs Kodak

During years, pharma companies have been trying to bring more value to patients and physicians by using mHealth. In this study we observed the consequences of …

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Radical medical advances that stop ageing will be available in the near future

Radical medical advances that stop ageing will be available in the near future | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The fight to cheat death is heating up


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First teleoperated endolumenal robot from secretive startup Auris cleared for use by FDA

First teleoperated endolumenal robot from secretive startup Auris cleared for use by FDA | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Teleoperated endolumenal bot can navigate inside the body, image and treat conditions without making incisions.

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved the first medical robot from Auris Surgical, a stealthy startup led by the co-founder of industry leader Intuitive Surgical, makers of the widely-used da Vinci robot.

 

The teleoperated ARES robot (the acronym stands for Auris Robotic Endoscopy System), was cleared by the FDA at the end of May, and could now be used for diagnosing and treating patients.

 

Auris, which describes itself only as a “technology company based in Silicon Valley,” was previously thought to be working on a robotic microsurgical system designed to remove cataracts, and the company has in fact filed several patent applications along those lines.

 

However, an investigation by IEEE Spectrum suggests that the company has greater ambitions, including, according to current and former employees, “building the next generation of surgical robots… capable of expanding the applicability of robotics to a broad spectrum of medical procedures.”

 

A close reading of recent patent applications filed by Auris scientists shows that the company is focusing on so-called endolumenal (or endoluminal) surgery. This involves surgeons introducing flexible robots via the body’s natural openings (the mouth in particular), to address conditions of the throat, lungs and gastrointestinal system. IEEE Spectrum can reveal that Auris has already carried out at least one successful human trial of such a robot, outside the United States.

 

Because endolumenal surgery does not involve large incisions or (usually) general anesthesia, it benefits fragile patients who cannot withstand the trauma of normal surgery. The Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons estimates that effective endolumenal therapies for obesity and reflux diseases alone could help more than 1 million patients a year in the United States.


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Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause Of U.S Deaths, Researchers Say

Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause Of U.S Deaths, Researchers Say | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
If not for flawed classification of deaths, medical mistakes would be the third leading cause of U.S. deaths, Johns Hopkins researchers say. They're calling on the CDC to track deaths from errors.

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Medical mistakes that can lead to death range from surgical complications that go unrecognized to mix-ups with the doses or types of medications patients receive.
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What are the Symptoms of Scarlet Fever in Adults?

What are the Symptoms of Scarlet Fever in Adults? | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Most of us have already heard of an illness called scarlet fever. This condition, in fact, has already claimed a countless number of lives all over the globe. However, the high incidence of mortality with regards to scarlet fever is not due to the severity of the condition, but rather due to the lack of knowledge about this particular illness. 


Scarlet fever is caused by an exotoxin produced by streptococcus pyogenes, which is easily manageable by today’s antibiotics. Nevertheless, many lives still succumb to this ailment due to the lack of information about it. This is the reason why it is essential for us to learn how to determine problems such as this by knowing how to identify its major signs and symptoms. 


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17 Tips for Running Successful Facebook Contests

17 Tips for Running Successful Facebook Contests | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Discover an easy-to-follow checklist of tips and best practices to help you launch Facebook contests your audience will love.


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Small business owners who use Facebook Pages to promote their offerings need to do all they can to encourage more people to like their page and interact with it in the future. A great way to encourage more page likes and greater interaction with your page is to run competitions for your page likers. As with anything, the more help you can get with a new endeavour, the better the outcome. The 17 tips for running successful Facebook competitions provided in this article are a great guide for anyone looking to launch their first Facebook competition.

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Small business owners who use Facebook Pages to promote their offerings need to do all they can to encourage more people to like their page and interact with it in the future. A great way to encourage more page likes and greater interaction with your page is to run competitions for your page likers. As with anything, the more help you can get with a new endeavour, the better the outcome. The 17 tips for running successful Facebook competitions provided in this article are a great guide for anyone looking to launch their first Facebook competition.

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) linked to obesity in girls

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) linked to obesity in girls | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
New study highlights one of the ways attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder may affect girls differently

In a 1,000-person study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that girls with ADHD may be twice as likely to be obese in childhood or early adulthood as girls without the disorder.

"There are a couple of biological mechanisms that underlie both obesity and ADHD," said Dr. Seema Kumar, a pediatrician and researcher at Mayo Clinic Children's Research Center in Rochester, Minn.

The abnormalities in the brain that can cause ADHD can also cause eating disorders, Kumar said. "Girls with ADHD may not be able to control their eating and may end up overeating," she explained. "Because kids with ADHD don't have impulse control, it may also play a role in this."

 
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Girls with ADHD may be twice as likely to be obese in childhood or early adulthood as girls without the disorder.

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Cancer Immunotherapy: A Step Change in Cancer Treatment | Best Online Courses

Cancer Immunotherapy: A Step Change in Cancer Treatment | Best Online Courses | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The idea of harnessing your immune system to target tumours has been around for a long time, but in the last five years remarkable clinical trials results have led to immunotherapy being heralded as a potential turning point in the fight against cancer. Learn more about cancer immunotherapy in this free online course from the University of Birmingham.


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PwC: Smartphone-connected health devices, behavioral health are top healthcare trends for 2016

PwC: Smartphone-connected health devices, behavioral health are top healthcare trends for 2016 | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Smartphone-connected device use, focus on behavioral health, and better databases for health information analysis, are within the top 10 trends in healthcare for 2016, according to PwC's annual Health Research Institute report.


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Patti Hamilton's curator insight, December 29, 2015 10:02 AM

TWU has new informatics major for nurses and other health professionals.  This is certainly the way of the future.

 

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Nursing Studies: Role of Nurse in Surgical Care | Best Online Courses

Nursing Studies: Role of Nurse in Surgical Care | Best Online Courses | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Nursing staff provide essential support during all phases of the surgical cycle, which encompasses the peri-operative, pre-operative, intra-operative and recovery room phases. In this ALISON free online nursing studies course the learner is introduced to the vital roles performed by the medical team throughout the surgical experience.

 


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CPR, AED and First Aid Certification Course | Best Online Courses

CPR, AED and First Aid Certification Course | Best Online Courses | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Complete Your Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid Certification Course 100% Online with NHCPS’ Physician Created and Reviewed. All Course Material Adheres to the Latest American Heart Association (AHA) Standards and Guidelines.

 


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Scientists develop a cancer-detecting smartphone add-on that's up to 99% accurate - ExtremeTech

Scientists develop a cancer-detecting smartphone add-on that's up to 99% accurate - ExtremeTech | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
Researchers from Washington State University have come up with a diagnostic rig that can use a smartphone, a prism, and an ELISA plate to detect cancer. In the controlled settings of their lab, with the high-purity reagents they had to work with, the researchers were able to detect the cancer marker interleukin-6 (IL-6) with 99% accuracy.

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This is HUGE!!

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It is produced in the body, wherever there is inflammation, either acute or chronic. This includes situations such as trauma, burns, cancers and infection. It interacts with interleukin-6 receptor alpha, to induce transcription of inflammatory gene products.

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The Doctor Is In (Your Pocket): How Apps are Harnessing Music’s Healing Powers

The Doctor Is In (Your Pocket): How Apps are Harnessing Music’s Healing Powers | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
The most trusted voice in music.
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A California City Is Fending Off Zika by Releasing 40,000 Mosquitoes Every Week

A California City Is Fending Off Zika by Releasing 40,000 Mosquitoes Every Week | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
As disease-carrying mosquitoes continue their march across the United States, communities are experimenting with new ways to keep the vectors under control.
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An Overview of the Human Genome Project

An Overview of the Human Genome Project | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
Know all about the Human Genome Project and its significance for health and other areas.

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Revealing the secrets of the Human Genome: http://tinyurl.com/DecodingHumanGenomeProject


The basics and its potential benefits for ‪‎health‬ and other areas.

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One of the most important research endeavors of the millennium. Know more about the Human Genome Project.
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Great read. Very informative!!
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Scientists believe they have found a way to make a universal cancer vaccine

Scientists believe they have found a way to make a universal cancer vaccine | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
Scientists have taken a “very positive step” towards creating a universal vaccine against cancer that makes the body’s immune system attack tumours as if they were a virus, experts have said.

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BREAKING!!

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I know this is not education related but it is fascinating none the less. The advance of technology of all types continues to amaze and inspire me.
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CDC confirms Zika virus causes microcephaly, other birth defects

CDC confirms Zika virus causes microcephaly, other birth defects | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it
This confirms what researchers have suspected with mounting evidence about harms caused by the virus.

 

Federal health officials confirmed Wednesday that the Zika virus causes a rare birth defect and other severe fetal abnormalities, marking a turning point in an epidemic that has spread to nearly 40 countries and territories in the Americas and elsewhere.

 

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a careful review of existing research and agreed that the evidence was conclusive, Director Thomas Frieden said. It is the first time a mosquito-borne virus has been linked to congenital brain defects.

 

"It is now clear, and CDC has concluded, that the virus causes microcephaly," Frieden said. CDC is launching more studies to determine whether children with that rare condition, which is characterized at birth by an abnormally small head, represent the "tip of the iceberg of what we could see in damaging effects on the brain and other developmental problems."


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"It is now clear, and CDC has concluded, that the virus causes microcephaly," Frieden said. CDC is launching more studies to determine whether children with that rare condition, which is characterized at birth by an abnormally small head, represent the "tip of the iceberg of what we could see in damaging effects on the brain and other developmental problems."

Nicole Masureik's curator insight, April 14, 2016 2:26 AM
We all thought as much, but how horrible to have it confirmed. My heart goes out to all those parents whose babies are affected, to the babies themselves, and to their extended families. What a tragedy for all concerned!
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How the power of gratitude can improve personal wellbeing

How the power of gratitude can improve personal wellbeing | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

The evidence for practising gratitude techniques is now truly compelling. When you hold feelings of thankfulness for at least 15 to 20 seconds, beneficial physiological changes take place in your body. Levels of the stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine decrease, producing a cascade of beneficial metabolic changes. Coronary arteries relax and increase the blood supply to your heart. Your breathing becomes deeper, raising the oxygen level of your tissues.

Gratitude has been the “forgotten factor” in happiness research and scientists are latecomers to the concept of gratitude. 


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The evidence for employing gratitude techniques to improve individual and collective well being is now truly compelling!

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The evidence for employing gratitude techniques to improve individual and collective well being is now truly compelling!

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The evidence for employing gratitude techniques to improve individual and collective well being is now truly compelling!

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The evidence for employing gratitude techniques to improve individual and collective well being is now truly compelling! I like the poem and a key line "Thank you for the good times and thank you for the bad." Key to be grateful is being grateful for everything the remarkable, the great, the good, and the bad and the ugly.

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Fitness Tips and Workout Routines – A Free Online Course

Fitness Tips and Workout Routines – A Free Online Course | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Research has consistently proven that maintaining a high level of physical activity and fitness can have significant benefits on many aspects of your life including your physical health and mental health.

 

Learn how to increase your physical fitness and improve your health and well-being with this free ALISON online “Physical Fitness: Fitness Tips and Workout Routines” course. The course covers the theoretical aspects of physical fitness and provides you with practical workouts that can help you develop and maintain it.



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Can I use Neosporin on my dogs

Neosporin is a medication that is used in treating human skin problems such as wounds and infection. But can it be used for skin cuts and wounds on dogs.


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Learn the Most Powerful Yoga, Health and Healing Program | Best Online Courses

Learn the Most Powerful Yoga, Health and Healing Program | Best Online Courses | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

It takes 21-30 days to rewire your neural synapse in your brain to create a new habit. This system is designed to help you create positive health habits that will dramatically improve the quality of your life on all levels. Whatever you may be dealing with can be healed, transformed, and you can break through to the next level. Begin by following this comprehensive system.


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Learn Strategies and Tips For Healthy, Active Aging: A Free Course | Best Online Courses

Learn Strategies and Tips For Healthy, Active Aging: A Free Course | Best Online Courses | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

How do you feel about aging? What choices are you making to stay happy, healthy, socially-connected and active as you age?

During this five-week course “Strategies for Successful Aging“, distinguished academics and physicians at Trinity College Dublin will present world-leading research in successful aging, which may challenge many of the assumptions you have about growing old.



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MIT has invented the sticky, stretchy & Smart 'Band-Aid of the Future

MIT has invented the sticky, stretchy & Smart 'Band-Aid of the Future | Perspectives on Health & Nursing | Scoop.it

Researchers at MIT have designed what they're referring to as "the Band-Aid of the future" -- a sticky, stretchy hydrogel that includes temperature sensors, LED lights and drug delivery channels.

The dressing can release medicine in response to body temperature changes, and lights up ifmedicine is running low. Its stretchy form means it can be applied to flexible areas like elbows or knees, moving with the body and keeping electronics intact at the same time.


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