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rick merritt
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Bye-bye hospitals?
rick merritt   11/11/2013 10:50:28 AM
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OK, it's a loooong way from today, but the direction sounds right to me. How about you?

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So hospitals are obsolete...
ANON1249426187345   11/11/2013 11:46:00 AM
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... So my iPhone tells me I am having a heart attack.

Do I download an app to fix it, or go to Rapid Oil Change to get a stent put in?

I fail to see how whiz-bang sensors obviates the need for hospitals

 

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Doctors maybe, not hospitals
David Ashton   11/11/2013 4:04:57 PM
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I'd agree with ANON above.....self-monitoring might save you going to the doctor, and possibly you could get an electronic prescription for any needed medicine....but if you need to be cut open and fixed, I think the hospital's going to be around for a bit.  Say you're in an accident and broke some bones, or need open heart surgery or even an appendix removed.  How will you do that without hospitals?

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Crusty1   11/11/2013 4:09:17 PM
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David: Where is your sense of adventure, the telly sense robot is going to do the op.

But like you I would opt for the Hospital theatre fully staffed.

rick merritt
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rick merritt   11/11/2013 4:17:59 PM
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You won't need the kinds of mega insitutions we see in our communities today once we get a predictive, personalized health care capability in place.

But yes, "eradicate" is probably too strong a term given the need to set bones and etc.

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Heart-attack ring tone!
junko.yoshida   11/11/2013 4:45:05 PM
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Rick, you quoted the speaker saying:

"You could know days or weeks before having a heart attack, and get a special heart-attack ring tone that hopefully won't give you a heart attack," he quipped.


Geez, I would be terffied if I get that frigging heart-attack ring tone. Seriously. Then, what am I supposed to do? Call an ER? 

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Bert22306   11/11/2013 5:10:47 PM
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I don't think it's such a long way, actually, at least for the testing aspects of medicine that doctors' offices or hospitals do. Sure, if you need surgery, you'll still need to have someone cut you open. It's the stuff before surgery that could be streamlined considerably.

I totally agree with the notion that medicine is "stuck in the 1960s," although even that has been slowly changing. One reason why medical care is so expensive, and always becoming more so, is that it's not exploiting the digital revolution like other industries have been. Education and medicine are still amazingly labor-intensive. That's what has to change. If the CE industry were similarly still labor intensive, we'd all be living more like in the 1950s.

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Bert22306   11/11/2013 5:13:34 PM
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Hey David. The autonomously driven vehicle will keep you out of the accident. Digital electronics saves the day again!

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docdivakar   11/11/2013 7:07:42 PM
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Rick, the term 'eradicate' is indeed a strong one. The value-add from sensors & monitoring thereof comes from a wealth of data these gadgets can collect and help the physician to make diagnosis and treatment. There are many such monitoring data that are otherwise almost impossible for the physician / med tech to collect in real time, some of it during the occurence of the medical condition itself (for eg., the EEG ichtal data collection in real time that I wrote about last year):

http://bit.ly/HOiz5v

It seems to me that physicians of tomorrow will also become better data scientists, not necessarily by choice!

MP Divakar

rick merritt
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rick merritt   11/12/2013 10:21:48 AM
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An earlier version of this story incorrectly said digital medicine would "eradicate" hospitals and make them "obsolete."

This was an exaggeration of what the keynoter, Eric Topol, said. In a note to me Topol said he believes that with the rise of digital health care "the role of hospitals would be changed/limited to ICUs, operating rooms and procedure rooms."

I was aiming to echo the phrase "eradicate disease" and stretched the speaker's concept to the breaking point. My apologies for the exaggeration.

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