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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

10 Breakthrough Ideas for 2010: Medicine

#2. Medicine: The Technology That Can Revolutionize Health Care: And it’s not high cost of high tech (by Ronald Dixon). Breakthroughs in medicine are often slow in coming and expensive. However, that need not be the case. Simple, cheap and fast technologies could revolutionize health care, especially as the population ages and becomes more immobile.

The Breakthrough Idea: Physicians can positively impact patient health care with several simple virtual technologies that will eliminate costly procedures and guarantee much improved healthcare of an aging population. The author suggests several simple techniques: 1) Use email with patients to both transmit and monitor information (get and send data); 2) Use remote teleconferencing (like Skype); and 3) Use an intermediated device like a kiosk (as in a shopping mall) that collects blood pressure, pulse and respiration. Following those simple techniques, the author maintains that as much as 60% of office visits could be eliminated!

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