Wolfgang Grulke China missing this boat

I understand that several multi-nationals are already outsourcing medical procedures for their Hong Kong staff to Singapore - bypassing the HK medical system!

China is not yet ready to embrace western medicine on a large scale - and language continues to be a major customer service problem - especially if they wanted to get into complex medical procedures. India does not have this problem and their 'medical tourism' hospitals are staffed by many ex-pats!
Posted: 16 June 2008 at 00:00

Paul Baerman RE: China missing this boat

Ex-pats with what kind of credentials? Gives me the willies.
Posted: 26 June 2008 at 15:50

Bernhardt Meyer What about the anaesthetics?

I can understand that surgery can be performed by robots, but I would be loath to be operated in the absence of a real, living anaesthetist on site. Anaesthesia is far too complicated to be performed under remote control.Surgery is a mechanical process, anaesthesia is an art coupled to a deep understanding of physiology, pharmacology and internal medicine.
Posted: 26 June 2008 at 08:21

Shorty Short RE: What about the anaesthetics?

As long as one behaves according to the algorithms built into the process, and giving a drop of blood or just breath?, surely nothing can go wrong .... go wrong ...

Scary stuff to think about. Hope there are going to be many guinea-pigs willing to test the system for me then.

Will the ability to pay eventually override the negative perceptions, goose-bumps and all?
Posted: 26 June 2008 at 16:22

Neil Jacobsohn Google Health to go belly-up!

It often seems that everything Google touches turns to gold - but the search and advertising giant is subject to failure just like the rest of us, and here's the news that Google Health will flat-line by the end of the year.
This underlines two critical lessons that we share in our FutureWorld sessions - try much - but be prepared to fail quickly!
Part of Google's success is its willingness to try to break into a bewildering range of new fields - from health to energy to life sciences, just for example. Google understands that in this radical world, its safer to take risks than to do nothing.
But - as the article explains - they are also prepared to cut their losses, whatever the reason - in this case, reasons beyond their control. By contrast, how many companies fall in love with their own ideas (or with ideas, products or services they have bought) and cling desperately to them m pouring in good money after bad, long after the marketplace has spoken?
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Posted: 4 July 2011 at 13:06

Neil Jacobsohn Welcome to the virtual nurse!

We told you it was coming! See the attached MindBullet we published in June 2008!
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Posted: 1 November 2011 at 10:25

Neil Jacobsohn Prescribing Apps to make you better!

Here's a turn-up for the books when you're feeling ill - but instead of taking two aspirins, as we suggested in our 2008 Mind Bullet, perhaps you should open two Apps instead!
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Posted: 1 March 2012 at 16:43

Doug Vining Take two microchips and we'll Google you in the morning

The future of medicine is starting to look rather interesting. Just swallow a couple of digital pills that will do an internal diagnosis of your problem and send the results wirelessly to your doctor. Of course, she's not really a doctor, but an intelligent software service. In the morning you can download the prescription to your smartphone and print it out on a bio-replicator. I mean actually produce the medicine, not just the words and symbols!

Doctor McCoy of Star Trek never had it so good - he didn't have Google.
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Posted: 13 August 2012 at 09:46

Neil Jacobsohn Meet your robot doctor!

Technology is have dramatic effects on the world of medicine, among so many others. How would you feel about being treated this robotic doctor? The combination of connectivity and robotics opens so many doors!
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Posted: 3 September 2012 at 15:10

Anton Musgrave Siri calling Dr.

Are Doctors in general practice ready for this? How will this enhance healthcare in poor countries with few formal clinics? Who will this disinter-mediate? Can hospitals with expensive business models adapt and change fast enough? Will they embrace it or try to ignore it? Somehow this will change the world of healthcare if it delivers on its promises. I love the phrase that healthcare will be less about clinical skills as about information!
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Posted: 17 November 2012 at 08:58

Anton Musgrave Siri calling Dr.

The plot thickens as lessons from gaming are applied to surgery! ... see: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-11/16/young-gamers-offer-surgery-training-insight
Posted: 17 November 2012 at 10:52

Neil Jacobsohn The Avatar will see you now!

Medicine is only one of all the industries be affected, disintermediated and reinvented through technology. How do you feel about doing your recovery therapy with an avatar? How long before the scenario we wrote about in 2008 in the MindBullet alongside becomes reality?
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Posted: 17 June 2013 at 10:46

Doug Vining Doctor Google on your wrist

Could a smart device on your wrist detect diseases, even help to prevent cancer? Google seems to think it's an idea worth pursuing.

Our MindBullet scenario on this subject wasn't ambitious enough!
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Posted: 19 March 2015 at 11:56

Neil Jacobsohn You've been diagnosed by a super-computer!

Imagine if your doctor had access to - and had read and absorbed - every medical text book, and every medical case history in human history, before he diagnosed you. Who wouldn't want that?
The scenario is not so far-fetched, as medical science., Big Data and super-computing collide. That;'s why IBM is spending $1-billion to buy a huge database of medical images - so that Watson, its (now in the Cloud) supercomputer, can help diagnose disease.
Our MindBullet from 2008 certainly saw Google at the centre of medical technology of the future - and with Google separating ites core business from its experimental businesses, into a new holding company called Alphabet, who's to say this will not happen?
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Posted: 12 August 2015 at 09:47

Anton Musgrave More news on AI and its all adding up to be exciting

Where will all these developments lead to in the next few years? More than likely it will enable utility greater than you ever imagined!
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Posted: 26 August 2015 at 23:14

Doug Vining Robot surgeon



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Posted: 4 September 2018 at 16:05
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