Medicine: The Wave Of the Future Is Here Now

March 23, 2013

A prominent cardiologist and the foremost figure in the field of wireless medicine believes the future of health lies in our own hands, namely in our smart phones and other portable electronic devices.  He said that the smart phone will be the hub of the future of medicine and it will be your health-medical dashboard.

By snapping an AliveCor device, a portable Heart Monitor that sells for $199.00, onto an iPhone, a cardiogram can be performed in an airplane at 30,000 feet.  The AliveCor Heart Monitor is intended for use by licensed U.S. medical professionals and prescribed patients to record, display, store, and transfer single-channel electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm strips.

A growing number of apps and devices are capable of measuring vital signs and then transmitting that data to smartphones.  Whether it’s your blood sugar levels, your heart rate or your sleep habits, we can track our own conditions through our phones and use that data to see patterns and warning signs of illness.

These devices could lead to better and cheaper health care everywhere, from airplanes to senior citizens’ homes.

In the near future, human beings could be digitized through sensors in the bloodstream.  By having a sensor in the blood, a doctor can pick up all sorts of data, whether it’s cells coming off an artery lining indicating a heart attack, or the first cancer cell getting in the bloodstream, or it’s the immune system revving up for asthma or diabetes or anything else.  All these things will be detected by sensors in the blood, which will then talk to the phone.

Finding a cure for ailments from cancer to heart disease depends on the sharing of medical information.  The theory is that if we were serious about the war on cancer, every single person who had the disease would get his or her tumor genome sequenced, record treatment techniques and outcomes, and then make it all public knowledge.

This data combined has extraordinary potential and could conceivably be carried out in the near future.  If all this information could be brought together, the acceleration of knowledge and the transformation of what it could do for the future of disease would be extraordinary.

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