Data deluge will disrupt medicine within this decade

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Health and medicine will undergo a greater transformation than any other industry or field in the next decade.

At this year’s Exponential Medicine 2014, the overriding theme for the event was information. In his opening talk, Peter Diamandis said health and medicine are poised to undergo a greater transformation than any other industry or field in the next decade. Of course, he meant treatments and technology will meaningfully advance. But more than that, it is the liberation of data that will make care more targeted, proactive, and effective.

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New treatments show promise in prolonging human life

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Drugs to slow aging already exist in the form of relatively cheap medicines that have been used for other purposes for years.

There is evidence that some widely used drugs can prolong lifespan for well people – and insiders have started taking them off-label. Millions of people are taking anti-aging drugs every day – they just don’t know it. Drugs to slow aging sound futuristic but they already exist in the form of relatively cheap medicines that have been used for other purposes for decades.

 

 

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Inventor of Google Glass envisions big things for the wearable in medicine

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Google Glass medical applications have already gotten more interesting.

Google Glass wasn’t necessarily designed for medicine, but that use continues to be a hot topic of conversation among medical technologists and the investors who love them.

 

 

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Blue Cross makes a $65B bet on value-based medical care

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The traditional fee-for-service approach to medicine that can lead to overtreatment and unnecessary medical tests and procedures.

The country’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans say they are spending more than $65 billion annually, about 20 percent of the medical claim dollars they pay, on “value-based” care that rewards better outcomes and keeps patients healthy. This is the latest blow to fee-for-service medicine.

 

 

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FDA vouchers encourage drug companies to focus on neglected diseases

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FDA vouchers were created as an incentive to encourage drug companies to work on medicines for neglected diseases.

In March, when the Food and Drug Administration gave the OK to a new treatment for a parasitic disease called leishmaniasis, the Canadian company that owns the medicine got something that’s quite likely to prove even more valuable than U.S. sales of the drug will ever be.

 

 

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Edible batteries could power smart medicine pills

A flexible biodegradable battery just may be what the doctor ordered.

What happens when you forget a dose of medication your doctor has prescribed for a condition that relies on the timed delivery of your medicine? Enter the smart pill, a sensor-equipped capsule that you only need to take just once. The smart pill releases medicine on a schedule or as your body needs it. But what would power that pill? The answer is simple: an edible battery.

 

 

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This is your future: Ray Kurzweil

By the early 2020s, we will have the means to program our biology away from disease and aging, by the early 2020’s. Health and medicine have been a hit or miss up until recently. We would discover interventions such as drugs that had benefits, but also many side effects. Until recently, we did not have the means to actually design interventions on computers.

 

 

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Cancer care in the U.S. is failing

Communication is the key when it comes to cancer care.

A new report has been released recently by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)  on the state of cancer care in the United States.   The IOM is a non-profit, non-governmental advisory group.  To get on one of their advisory boards you have to be a national, if not international, expert in whatever field is being studied. According to the cancer advisory board, the state of cancer care in the United States is abysmal.

 

 

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Digital health is redefining the house call

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A house call is done from the comfort of your home combined with the personal attention of your doctor. There are two key words here that really drive the point home–home and your. Your doctor provides care in your house. The house call is also, in many ways, a reflection of things past. Today, healthcare has eliminated the ‘luxury’ of this type of intervention leaving patients and caregivers to languish in the germ-fill waiting rooms of physician offices, hospitals and medical clinics.

 

 

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