13 COMMENTS

  1. Remote sensing has vastly improved subjects such as weather warnings and forecasts. Internet on-line orders of goods and on-line video conferencing have reduced time wasting and resource wasting journeys.

    It seems rational, with the miniaturisation of electronic sensors and improvement in communication links, that preliminary screenings followed by directions to appropriate specialist facilities is the next step.
    We already arrange repeat prescriptions and medical appointments on-line.

    Personal monitoring of health, could also help people make better life-style decisions.
    (My daughter has cured her driver’s “lead-accelerator-foot”, since she acquired a car which gives a live-read-out of fuel consumption.)

    The UK already has NHS Direct – http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/About/UsingNHSDirectOnlineServices

  2. When all your symptoms and testing data are eventually taken and evaluated by artificial intelligence
    in remote fashion from the common cold to all the more complicated stuff, what need will we have of
    Dr. Topol and his ilk????? I give you IBM’s Watson Project.

    And why the crazy emphasis on remote diagnosis???? The process will one day in the not too distant
    future be as simple as standing in front of a large easily affordable monitor. Common sense tells me
    that most people whether during their waking or sleeping hours spend most of their time indoors, easily
    proximate to one of these devices. Of course, for more outdoorsy types, remote diagnosis will be possible.

    I see a HUGE future shakeout in the practice of Medicine, probably before 2060.

    Question: How many doctors will it take to screw in an office light bulb in 2080?????

    Answer: What do you mean by “Doctor’s Office” in 2080?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Another thing that might influence the future of medicine is how the system will be able to maintain physicians’ salaries – on average or based on median annual pay – above all other professions, as tradition demands. I don’t see how this will be possible on mere consultation. Perhaps everyone will feel the need to be constantly wearing devices that measure glucose, blood pressure, heart rate etc. in real time and will be checking up with their physician every couple of days just in case before the onset of major disorders. That might provide enough consultation fees to maintain the salaries physicians tend to expect to keep the field attractive. (The respect that goes with it will not be diminished so there’s no concern in that department, I think).

    Technology alone is just one factor… the people and professionals who are expected to use it, quite another. I’m sure we can all think of many areas in which many things can be improved using already-existing technology, yet there are no signs of adoption.

  4. In reply to #7 by sbooder:

    Wow! You mean technology can be used for something other than social networking…who would have thought it?

    Very cool.

    As long as it senses that FaceBook is very, very poorly and turns off its life support, I’ll be happy.

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