From a healthcare dreamer !
Couple of days back, I was reading a fantastic presentation made by a dear friend of mine, who heads the Healthcare Technology Practice for a leading medical technology company. He essentially looked at questioning “What’s next in Innovation” when it came to healthcare. I thoroughly enjoyed his write-up and got inspired to think in those lines.
Find below , 5 areas of transformation
Transformation Area 1 : Micro and Nano Chips will rule the human !
And these “health chips” will begin to take over the role of hormones and centers of the brain.Eg.In a patient who is suffering diabetes, these chips will send signals to the brain to release Insulin on an As-Is need basis ( almost closer to the way a normal functioning would happen in response to elevated glucose levels).
Transformation Area 2: Doctors to make informed decision and an independent decision making robot to assist the doctor!
Whatever be the technology, it’s almost near impossible to replace a physician. However, a whole lot of analytics and past information of the patient (which we call as medical history) often gets missed out during critical decision making process. Blame it on lack of portability of patient information over a timeline or blame it on the lack of availability of time to take a decision, either way, the doctor does face a challenge. Imagine, if there was a robot that assisted the doctor in fetching adequate information of the patient, the robot did a backend analytics and threw a result that prompted – things that worked well for the patient in the past, drugs that never worked and also went one step further to predict the efficacy of the drug that the doctor was about to prescribe and assisted her/him in decision making.
Transformation Area 3: A hospital that is built inside a home !
The other day, I was speaking to a patient who needs to undergo dialysis to maintain his kidneys.And, he needs to undergo dialysis twice a week, about 8 times a month . This translates into about 100 such visits a year. And , that’s not the end. He is just 54 years old. Even if I were to imagine him to survive for a minimum of 15 years (assuming he does not find an organ donor) , he is likely to complete 1,500 medical visits! Gosh, the pain of going through this is even larger than the disease itself. Sooner or later, a virtual hospital concept would emerge. A room would be converted into a hospital ward, with real time monitoring happening over the internet, doctor and nurse consultations happening on a virtual mode and reporting happening on an “ alert trigger based model”!
Transformation Area 4 : Organ Generating Factories !
A highly sophisticated apparatus would take request from doctors and clinicians to create organs for specific patient requirements and get them dispatched to a patient who is located distantly – over a cold chain network. This simply means, if a patient was admitted to a remotely located hospital at Mozambique – his blood cell and matching details would get scanned over a super hybrid scanner – which would eventually pass on the information codes to a robot, located at Alabama ,to produce a liver. Post production, a cold chain , human free transport chain ( led by drones ) would reach the Hospital’s Operating Table . A fully trained robot, would perform the organ implantation surgery. And the robot would use the same drone to get back to it’s base station (Alabama).
Transformation Area 5 : A Chief Empathy Officer to manage empathy and care !
Very soon, hospitals will have a new breed of CEOs. CEOs who get to be known as “Chief Empathy Officers”. “Empathy”, will soon have a “unit” of its own and hospitals will have to disclose the levels of empathy as part of declaring their annual reports.
This is a small attempt of mine. Love to hear from you.If you did enjoy reading this, please do drop in with your idea. Ultimately, it’s these small little ideas that get to transform the future! No matter where they come from, who gets to build it, when it takes shape – it’s We who need to think ahead !
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