Your Doctor’s Visits Will Change Forever With These New Technologies

first_imgMaybe you’ve seen one of those Norman Rockwell paintings of kids in a physician’s office that make it seem as if taking your child to the doctor is an oil-painted slice of Americana.In reality, a pediatrician’s office can be a nightmarish place, rampant with germs and interminable waits. One reason a visit to the pediatrician has become such a trial is that the setup of a doctor’s office has not changed all that much since the 1950s. Name any other industry with a customer experience philosophy based on something called a “waiting room.”During a routine checkup, you may see your doctor or nurse for less than 20 minutes, but on average, those visits involve two hours of travel and waiting time. Technology could allow us to wake up from the ordeal of modern medicine and receive quality care outside of the four provider walls.As Dr. Eric Topol, a California cardiologist and author of “The Patient Will See You Now,” noted: “It takes 2.6 weeks to get an appointment with a primary care provider. Now you can do it in 2.6 seconds.”Imagine never having to set foot in another waiting roomSay your child has something minor like an earache. Technology has already reached a level where you should not have to brave the waiting room for a consultation.Instead, you could plug in a smartphone attachment that reads your child’s vital signs and, afterward, input that data into your doctor’s app. The nurse at your pediatrician’s office reviews the stats and symptoms, shoots you a follow-up text and in under an hour, your doctor has prescribed medication.In short, the art of medicine (with apologies to the timeless Rockwell) is ripe for a technological revolution. Healthcare organizations have traditionally been digital innovation laggards. But the time to embrace digital disruption is now.The good news: New care delivery business models and cutting-edge patient enablement tools have arrived and will continue to advance. Receiving on-demand urgent care from the comfort of your home or work is a reality through DispatchHealth’s mobile-based app, saving time and money. Concurrent, 24/7 e-visits are beginning to supplant traditional in-person office visits. Kaiser Permanente of northern California reported that it has seen e-visits conducted via email, phone and video outpace traditional doctor’s office visits.House calls 2.0 are on the horizonThese on-demand and telemedicine experiences are on the rise, in part due to a burgeoning DIY outlook on medicine that has taken firmer hold thanks to breakthrough technology. The market for mobile device apps related to health and fitness exploded into an estimated $26 billion industry in 2017. Medicine in the palm of your hand is no longer a thing of science fiction, which is further proven by the development of the tricorder.The tricorder — which at one point was literally nothing but a term for a fictional device used on “Star Trek” — is now a real handheld medical device that originally only allowed self-measurement of vital signs. That technology has advanced at warp speed into a powerful diagnostic instrument.The winner of the inaugural $2.5 million Tricorder XPrize, Final Frontier Medical Devices, developed a tricorder with diagnostic capabilities for 34 medical conditions. This wave of smart tools will increase our ability to receive home-based care. Patients could conceivably transmit quantitative and qualitative measurements of their health status to a doctor without ever leaving their bedroom.When you combine this rapidly advancing tech with advances in genetic databases and wearables, a more complete picture of patient health can be captured.And a machine shall lead usTrue analytics-driven medicine has been a goal of the industry for some time, but machine learning is putting that goal within closer reach. Robust computing platforms and sophisticated algorithms targeted for healthcare are increasing the accuracy of diagnoses and treatment on both macro- and micro-levels.For instance, machine learning has measurably improved diagnoses derived from echocardiograms. And while we may have a knee-jerk reflex to distrust machine-made medicine, we know that a big data approach to treatment in ovarian cancer patients has already extended lives: The analytics-driven prescription of beta blocker medication to ovarian cancer patients gave those patients up to four extra years of life.Some customer-driven companies try to deliver personalized service, but medicine startups Color and HumanCode are now taking that concept to a new level. Both companies developed DNA-driven products to identify genetic markers and redefine just how personalized medicine can become. The genetic test unveiled by Color, for example, tags genes that are known risk factors for a host of diseases, including ovarian, breast, pancreatic, prostate and colorectal cancers.Not only is technology advancing so far as to allow targeted, personalized care driven by the human genome and big data, but we are now also at a tipping point where the healthcare industry is implementing and leveraging those advances.Our long wait for the space-age modernization of medicine is over. The wave of healthcare’s future is beginning to crest. Now is the time to get on board and ride it to better health. Related Posts Susan McReynolds In the role of vertical strategy manager for CenturyLink, Susan McReynolds works with customers, analysts, and industry leaders to keep a pulse on the IT trends and challenges facing today’s healthcare and retail enterprises. Susan provides thought leadership on topics related to cybersecurity, digital transformation, and next-generation networking strategies. Prior to joining CenturyLink, Susan helped guide national and global athletic brands in developing custom visual merchandising programs. Tags:#health FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Businesslast_img read more

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Sombre spring in Kashmir Valley as six youth go missing

first_imgSecurity agencies in Kashmir are alarmed as six youth had gone missing in the Valley in March. Photos of three of them with weapons in hand surfaced online in the past few days, raising suspicion that they have joined militancy.One of those missing is a student of the University of Kashmir and another is a policeman’s son. Protests broke out on the university campus on Wednesday, demanding the whereabouts of Sameer Ahmad Dar, a Department of Earth Sciences student, be revealed. The students say Dar has been missing since March 19 after leaving home at Kakpora in Pulwama.“The university has written to the Director-General of Police and requested him to ascertain the student’s whereabouts. We request the agitating students to maintain calm and cooperate till the police ascertain the facts,” a university official said.A senior police official told The Hindu that an investigation had failed to establish that Dar had links with the militants, but they could not rule out the possibility.Mother’s anguishAt Kawa Mohallah in Khanyar of Old City here, Mymoona Jan, mother of Fahad Mushtaq Waza, 18, known as Faid, appealed to her son to “quit militancy”. Faid went on a religious programme on March 23 and on Tuesday, his gun-wielding pictures were splashed on social media sites. He allegedly joined the Lashkar-e-Taiba and took the name Abu Usama.“He [Waza] betrayed, and lied to, me. He said he would be back by Monday after finishing a religious programme. I appeal to him to return now,” Ms. Jan said.In Kupwara, the police have declared Junaid Ahmad Wani (25) of Tikkipora “missing”. “The matter is under investigation. We cannot conclude that Wani has joined militancy,” a senior police official said.Bilal Ahmad Shah (25), also from Kupwara, allegedly joined the militant ranks on March 20. He had been missing for three weeks and was seen carrying an AK 47 rifle in a photo posted online recently, showing that he has joined the Hizbul Mujahideen.Another youth who announced his alleged association with militants on social media is Abid Maqbool Bhat, son of a head constable at Tral in Pulwama, He is said to have joined the Jasih-e-Muhammad. Junaid Ahmad Khan, son of the newly appointed Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, joined the Hizb.last_img read more

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Extended monsoon likely to linger till October

first_imgMonsoon of 2019 has been very different. After a two-week delay in arrival, its withdrawal from Mumbai and Maharashtra is also delayed and is likely to stretch into October. Light showers are expected to continue till then even as the days are getting sunny in Mumbai.This year, monsoon arrived in Kerala a week late and in Mumbai two weeks later than the projected onset date. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared on June 25 that monsoon had arrived in Mumbai and entire Maharashtra. So far, Mumbai has received 3603.7mm rainfall, or 143.35% of annual average. In the 24 hours leading upto 8.30 a.m. on Sunday, Mumbai received only 0.8mm rainfall. There was some scattered rain in Mumbai on Sunday. However, maximum temperatures remained on the warmer side, with Sunday recording 33.3 degrees Celsius. This is three degrees above normal.Normally, withdrawal of monsoon starts around September 1 from west Rajasthan. However, that has not happened so far this season and the weather conditions are not conducive for it to happen in the next few days. Some of the conditions that meteorologists look at include, absence of rain for five days straight, increase in temperature, and reduction in humidity. IMD has forecast very light to light rains for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad until Thursday and has forecast similar daytime temperatures for Mumbai.When asked about the withdrawal of monsoon from the State, K.S. Hosalikar, deputy director general, IMD, said, “There is depression formed in Arabian Sea, so withdrawal will not happen for next couple of days.”Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change) at private forecaster Skymet Weather said, “Withdrawal of monsoon is delayed this season. Right now, the easterlies are still active and humidity has not reduced and therefore, the weather conditions have not built up yet in west Rajasthan for withdrawal. It may happen in first week of October following which it will cover entire India including Maharashtra. In 2011, withdrawal had happened in late September and in 2010, it happened in October.”Akshay Deoras, a meteorologist and Ph.D. researcher at the University of Reading, U.K., who has been tracking the monsoon closely, said, “Withdrawal from western Rajasthan is expected to commence by September 27. However, the official declaration might happen only in early October due to which monsoon’s withdrawal this year will be delayed by a month from its normal date of September 1. Thereafter, we can expect a rapid withdrawal of the monsoon from parts of northwest and central India. In Maharashtra, rainfall activity will start terminating from early October and we can expect the withdrawal to start from the second week.”However, once monsoon withdrawal starts, it is expected to cover large parts of the country in one or two weeks.Meanwhile, an IMD press release issued at 11.15 a.m. on Sunday said a depression in the Arabian Sea off Gujarat coast could intensify into a deep depression in the next 12 hours, and a cyclonic storm in 24 hours. This could result in lead to light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy falls over Saurashtra and Kutch.last_img read more

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