Here’s my equation for wireless – the data needs to go somewhere. If you are a regular reader here you have seen everything Eric Topol talks about and a lot more. What is cool is to see him wearing the stick on heart monitor. What we do lack here is knowledge and balance. Wireless devices are moving main stage into healthcare and what worries me is the fact that we have a hard time right now with just using a cell phone for phone calls and texting, what are we going to to in the future. Our Congress I think has no clue, especially when I read about it taking 3 years for the House to go wireless, that’s the plan anyway.
Medical Device = Algorithms = Medical Data = Data Reports = PHR = EHR = _____.
What is also interesting was to see Eric Topol speak about some of the devices that are out there today. The Fitbit portion is hysterical with talking about putting in information about sex, watch the video, the device, how long did you do it? He left out one of my favorites as it is so exotic, the blue tooth inhaler. I included a video below above the related links. I put quite a few in there so if you haven’t seen some of these, check out the links. The Zeo sleep device is discussed too, competition on who gets the best sleep? This is what we need to work on, participatory sensing, how much can be handle without too much distraction and disruption. Devices are being rolled out with little or no planning on the impact of how we can live with the devices like humans.
He also discusses the work at Scripps and how San Diego is the heart of much of the healthcare wireless being developed today and some of it is here today. It is a non-profit center doing the development so perhaps if we can get the payer end to compliment as a non-profit, we may get somewhere, otherwise with the risk of being denied care and shareholder dividends coming first, reform will not work as the device and wireless technologies are changing the game and everyone will continue to not trust and be suspicious of the algorithms of analysis being used against you, and this will compound with biometric monitoring.
Let’s supply every member of Congress with a Fitbit so they can feel the love (and disruption) to enter into the new century of what is evolving around us with wireless healthcare and get a look at how they might see “meaningful use” through their eyes as real live participants. We could certainly stand to perhaps see some better written laws and a new sense of awareness arise. BD
Eric Topol says we'll soon use our smartphones to monitor our vital signs and chronic conditions. At TEDMED, he highlights several of the most important wireless devices in medicine's future -- all helping to keep more of us out of hospital beds