08/02/13 — 25 Comments

Future of Medicine Blog Series - Part V: Telehealth

by Emily Podmore, August 2, 2013

Telehealth is a broad field that encompasses a number of practices that use telecommunications throughout the medical field. It is sometimes used interchangeably with the term telemedicine, which actually refers more narrowly to curative aspects of telehealth. Nurse call centers, two health care professionals consulting via video-chat, and remote monitoring of vital signs all fall under the telehealth umbrella, and as our smart phones get smarter, so do telehealth technologies and trends. One of the most forward-thinking practices within the field is that of robot-assisted telesurgery.

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08/02/13 — 21 Comments

Future of Medicine Blog Series - Part IV: Translational Medicine

by Emily Podmore, August 2, 2013

Translational medicine is a trend that has been shaping the healthcare industry, laying the foundation for innovative new discoveries and developments. It refers to the process of bringing basic research into real-world application, from "bench-to-bedside" as researchers describe it. The trend has been gaining ground in the 21st century as a way to bring ideas and scientific knowledge out of the laboratory and into the hands of healthcare professionals and policy-makers. Translational health research is often divided "T-Phases" as the Institute of Translational Health describes.

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08/01/13 — 21 Comments

Future of Medicine Blog Series - Part III: Nanorobotics

by Dhruv Gupta, August 1, 2013

What if instead of swallowing tablets everyday, we could swallow the doctor instead? Albeit a startling comparison, the idea of being attached to a doctor who is constantly repairing and retooling the human body isn't that farfetched of an idea. Enter the world of nanorobotics.

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07/30/13 — 14 Comments

Future of Medicine Blog Series - Part II a: Bioprinting

by Dhruv Gupta, July 30, 2013

Innovation can present itself through many means and many mediums. Often, innovation in one sector can find applicability and usefulness in others. For example, let's look at the exchange of innovation between the manufacturing sector and the life sciences. When facing costs in producing and distributing products, manufacturers have to take into account labor and capital costs. While labor costs are kept in check by wage laws on one end, companies seek out innovation in capital production in hopes of reducing costs. The newest advent in capital cost reduction comes in the way of 3D printing, a low cost method of designing and producing products that uses a polycarbonate plastic hybrid that is both flexible and sturdy. The lateral spread of this innovation across different sectors displays the power of 3D printing as an innovation.

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07/30/13 — 27 Comments

Future of Medicine Blog Series - Part I: Magnetic Levitation

by Emily Podmore - July 30, 2013

Magnetic levitation is easiest defined in two parts. A magnet is an object (a piece of iron, steel or alloy) that produces an invisible field that attracts and/or repulses other magnets. Levitation is the process by which a physical force suspends an object against gravity. When combined, magnetic levitation refers to the suspension of an object through the physical force of magnetism: a magnetic field exerts pressure that counteracts the effects of gravity.

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