By Antonio A. Arias
Personalized Health Manifesto: Predictive, Preventive and Personalized health solutions. Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, journalist David Ewing Duncan wrote: “By focusing on the whole human organism, the manifesto challenges the prevailing use of drugs and protocols to target populations and averages rather than individuals. It further outlines the necessary groundwork for speeding up the process of moving from research to new drugs and other products and treatments by introducing more effective models that will ultimately improve health and reduce health care costs.”
The more we emphasize this proactive model, the less likely people are to develop fatal and costly illnesses. Each individual is unique in his or her ways, appearance as well as beliefs, and the same goes for our bodies. Prevention and prediction are the two key solutions, after which with the quantum progress in technology, almost anything can be personalized.
Watch this interview as Dr Eric Topol Discusses the Creative Destruction of Medicine about the technological advances in the health industry, saving time and money, digital tools to predict and prevent possible illnesses or act as personalized treatment to people with chronic ailments.
The new gadgets that Dr. Topol talked about fits right into our three main priorities. They are exactly what we want to support so that people all over the world get the most optimum health solution possible.
In order for these new inventions to become standardized medical tools, their reliability still has to be proven. I find it hard to get my head around the fact that such a small device that is attached to my mobile phone could potentially save my life. What if the device is carried in a bag and gets dirty, will it still give accurate results? It is a challenge to mainstream medical devices but if they are applied successfully, the outcome could be life saving.
The health industry is evolving in a way that it is improving existing systems and developing amazing technology. Who would have imagined holding a device attached to your phone that can read your blood pressure? These new innovations are reducing prices and making medical care more accessible to people. If Dr. Topol’s vision becomes more main stream, then the next few decades will revolutionize the way we view and interact with medical care.
I think Dr. Topol is completely right, we would all like to know more about our body’s health condition, knowledge that could predict a heart attack or prevent us from becoming seriously ill. Let’s support innovators who have the know-how yet lack the means to develop technology that will only benefit us all!
- Technology Poised to Finally Revolutionize Medical Industry (thetydepavlinik.wordpress.com)
- 40,000 health-related apps and no easy way to know which ones work (medcitynews.com)
- Wireless Medicine is Available Today (eogn.com)
- Genomics as a Final Frontier, or Just a Way Station (3quarksdaily.com)